Iraq war supporters think they were just vindicated on Saddam's WMDs. They're wrong. - Vox
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The second reason today's story is a big deal is that it documents that troops often disposed of these chemical weapons improperly, in the process exposing themselves, the environment, and especially Iraqi civilians to harm. This is likely a symptom of the cover-up; the Pentagon could not develop and disseminate WMD disposal instructions for WMDs it refused to acknowledge existed.
The third reason this story is the least surprising but perhaps most worrying: a number of the old chemical weapons are clustered around an old production facility in a part of Iraq now controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). While the weapons are decades old, most likely rotten beyond conventional use, the fear that ISIS could repurpose them for terrorism is real.