Iraqi special forces recently recovered some ISIS documents outside of Mosul that detailed chemical weapons testing on their own people, and talked about using those chemical weapons on the West. The document specifically talks about attacking food sources with chemical weapons, causing mass poisonings.
ISIS has been using their prisoners and spiking their food and water with pesticides and homemade chemicals that are easy to make/get a hold of.
One report details the use of thallium sulphate – a colourless, tasteless salt that can be dissolved in water. When they gave that to prisoners, they began to get sick with fevers and internal swelling before eventually suffering a painful death.
The Independent reports:
Isis described the chemical as an “ideal lethal poison” and claimed to be in “possession of an ample amount of the solution to fill demands”, according to the documents, which were verified by British and US forces and later obtained by The Times.
Terrorists also injected a nicotine-based compound, said to have no antidote, into another victim who passed out within seconds and died hours later.
Ingredients for the poison are contained in cigarettes and vaping supplies, while thallium sulphate is available for sale in many countries including the US.
The chemical weapons report also contained recipes and guides for producing the toxic nicotine compound.
Chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon told The Times: “This is a horrifying throwback to the Nazis who would test nerve agents on live humans. During the Second World War, the Nazis conducted thousands of deadly experiments with mustard gas on prisoners at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, near Berlin.”
Isis has recently lost territory in Mosul and now controls just one-tenth of the city following a surge by Iraqi forces in October.