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[casi-analysis] Chemical weapons find claim

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Dear list,
Reports have come out today that dozens of mortar shells in southern Iraq have been found by Danish 
forces "Which could contain chemical weapons according to inital tests" according to the BBC. The 
story goes on to say that the shells have been buried for at least ten years, and were probably 
left over from the Iran-Iraq war. The shells also "showed traces of blister gases, a group of 
chemical compounds which include mustard gas." These reports are at this stage sketchy and 
conclusions are awaiting final tests, the results of which won't be known for a couple of days.

This finding is not dramatic at all, but does anyone know anything about the "shelf life" of these 
chemical compounds. For instance, would they still be usable? The Danish army has said "most were 
wrapped in plastic bags, and some were leaking," and they don't appear to have been in any usable 
state, but I'm not well informed on this. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would 
greatly appreciate this, I doubt very much if this is a "smoking gun," but I just want to get the 
right information.
Peter Kiernan

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