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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 10:30 p.m. PST

…Battle for Raqqa .

"On Sunday, the Islamic State released the latest issue of its online magazine Rumiyha. In it, an ISIS military leader in Raqqa, Syria, claims to have secret weapons for use against the coalition forces that are besieging the group's capital city.

Rumiyah, like its predecessors Dabiq and Dar al-Islam, is full of the sort of unverifiable claims and outright distortions that you might expect from a piece of propaganda fabricated by an apocalyptic death cult. But it also provides a window into the group's stated goals and a possible showcase of future techniques.

The issue features a lengthy interview with a man identified as the "military commander of the city of Raqqa," who said coalition forces should expect to encounter more improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in houses, a tactic he called "among the most successful means of defense against the advance" of the coalition forces who took Mosul, Iraq, earlier this year. The commander also promises wider use of vehicle-borne IEDs cars and trucks loaded with explosives and claims that ISIS has segmented Raqqa into "small sections that could function individually in emergency situations and could independently pursue their objectives." Most importantly, he says, the Islamic State might unleash "other types of weapons which Allah has bestowed upon the Mujahidin and which we have not yet revealed…"
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 10:54 p.m. PST

Including chemical weapons, for sure. I've been saying this for over a year or two. Maybe longer.

But they'll also want a big bang and fireball, for show. Something specially crafted for our wonderful news media to disseminate around the globe. After all, no one is going to go looking for the big bosses right away if they are already believed to be dead (it's called the "Hans Gruber" move).




VCarter Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 6:46 a.m. PST

Saddam's WMD will finally be deployed?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 11:01 a.m. PST



Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

VCarter: "Saddam's WMD will finally be deployed?"

Funny you should say that. As recently as a couple of years ago, French sources reported that desert tribes along the Iraq-Syrian border had been hit by chemical shells*. And this was long before ISIS was anywhere near Assad's warehouses.

Wouldn't it be interesting if, after all the scandals and finger-pointing, it turned out there were huge Iraqi stockpiles out there after all?

* If it was simply from Saddam's earlier stuff, then those canisters sure held up exceptionally well despite the corrosive agents.

paulgenna Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 12:05 p.m. PST

Was there not video showing a large convoy headed to Syria just before the 2003 invasion?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 12:11 p.m. PST


Wouldn't it be weird if the much-disputed WMDs had actually existed and had been sitting there under the sands all this time?


foxweasel10 Aug 2017 1:59 p.m. PST

I've never really understood the people who believe that Saddam destroyed all his chemical weapons. We know 100% that he had them in 91, why wouldn't he just hide them and say they'd all been destroyed.

kiltboy10 Aug 2017 2:23 p.m. PST


The UNSCOM teams had been able to find a large amount of saddam's program and get a decent feel for scope and size before they were kicked out. The obstruction came from people scared of saddam and so it wasn't 100% complete, add in the incredible sloppy, by NATO standards, handling of WMD and it's doubtful there would have been an accurate accounting.

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