Apr 13, 2017
In 2013, when the Obama administration was on the verge of attacking Syria over the Sarin gas attack in the Ghouta suburb of Damascas, Foreign Policy Magazine published a report about CIA documents showing that the US had intimate knowledge about Saddam Husseins use of chemical weapons, and said nothing to stop it.
“The CIA documents, which sat almost entirely unnoticed in a trove of declassified material at the National Archives in College Park, Md., combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States’ knowledge of how and when Iraq employed the deadly agents. They show that senior U.S. officials were being regularly informed about the scale of the nerve gas attacks. They are tantamount to an official American admission of complicity in some of the most gruesome chemical weapons attacks ever launched.”
Other reports at the time published by the Washington Post showed that following the visit of Reagan envoy Donald Rumsfeld to Iraq, dozens of biological agents were shipped to Iraq under license from the Commerce Department, masqueraded as “insecticides.” They included anthrax, subsequently identified by the Pentagon as a key component of the Iraqi biological warfare program.