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Friday 23 February 2018

Al-Qa'ida model aircraft chemical attack foiled

David Blair

AL-QA'IDA planned to strike targets in Iraq, Europe and the US with chemical weapons using model aircraft.

Five men have been arrested in Iraq and three laboratories, designed to produce sarin and mustard gas, have been uncovered. Model helicopters, flown by remote control, were also discovered. Authorities said they would have been used to distribute chemical agents.

State television showed four hooded men in jumpsuits sitting alongside the haul of laboratory equipment and poisons.

Al-Qa'ida's organisation in Iraq, which styles itself the "Islamic State of Iraq", is becoming more effective, carrying out attacks on the Shia majority and government targets.

More than 1,000 Iraqis died in a surge in violence last month, the highest total since 2008. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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