Chemical Warfare Practiced on Dogs in Al Qaeda videos.(NATION)
Byline: Joyce Howard Price, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Al Qaeda has been testing fatal chemical weapons on dogs, according to videotapes obtained by CNN and scheduled to air this week.
"Perhaps the most disturbing piece shows the test of chemical agents on dogs. This has never been seen before," CNN foreign correspondent Nic Robertson said yesterday on "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."
"We see experiments involving three different dogs. The dogs die as a result of chemical elements being introduced to the rooms that they are in."
Mr. Robertson said he obtained 64 tapes - which "experts" from a variety of different fields have labeled "authentic al Qaeda material" - about a month ago from a contact in Kabul.
He said some chemical analysis specialists who have viewed the dog tapes believe the gas used to kill them was "probably a nerve agent," while others either "believe it may be hydrogen cyanide" or are not sure what it is.
"But what they all conclude from this material is that al Qaeda here has demonstrated that they cannot only control these chemical agents, but they have found a way essentially of weaponizing it, putting it in a form that can kill animals and, these experts believe, potentially humans," Mr. Robertson said.
"They believe that the al Qaeda can control this material in such a way that they can now use it as a lethal force against the rest of the world."
CNN has shown the tapes to specialists in defense, military training and explosives.