Iraq uncovers al-Qaida chemical weapons plot

June 1, 2013 18:43


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Iraqi authorities uncovered an al-Qaida plot to use chemical weapons in terrorist attacks in the country, as well as to smuggle them to Europe and North America, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Five men had been arrested and three workshops for manufacturing the chemical agents were found after Iraqi military intelligence monitored their activities for three months, defense ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said, according to BBC.

Iraqi military also seized remote-controlled toy planes, that were to be used to release the chemical agents over the target of attack from a safe distance.

The five arrested men confessed to the plot and tied themselves to an al-Qaida offshoot.

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