May 17th, 2004


Sarin in Iraq

Iraq declared that between 1984 and 1990, it produced 795 tons of Sarin-type agents. About 732 tons were put in bombs, rockets and missile warheads. Iraq further declared that about 650 tons were consumed during the period 1985 to 1988, which included the Iran-Iraq war, and 35 tons were destroyed through aerial bombardment during the Gulf war in 1991.

Iraq destroyed 127 tons of Sarin-type agents under U.N. supervision, including 76 tons in bulk and 51 tons from munitions.

Interesting numbers. The total amount of consumed and destroyed sarin-type agents cited in the article is 127 + 35 + 650 = 812 tons. Which is more than it produced between 1984 and 1990. What is the use of these figures then? We still need to know how much, if any, was produced before 1984 and after 1990, and if it is more than 812 − 795 = 17 tons, then what happened to that remainder. Otherwise it is just a travesty of accounting.

The number of bulk/ammunition tons is not balancing out either.
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