The Islamic State terrorist group is testing chemical weapons on captives it is holding in preparation for a possible attack against the West, according to secret documents, as reported by The Independent.
ISIS recorded these experiments on papers seized by Iraqi special forces in Mosul University when the area was liberated from ISIS jihadis. The documents were verified by American and British special forces before reaching the media.
Security forces now believe ISIS may be preparing to attempt a chemical attack against Western targets by poisoning food or water supplies.
ISIS said that one such compound, thallium sulphate, was the “ideal lethal poison” and said it was in “possession of an ample amount of the solution to fill demands.”
According to the documents they fed thallium sulphate to a prisoner who developed fever, nausea and swelling of the stomach and brain. They died after 1- days.
Another prisoner was injected with a nicotine compound and died just hours later.
“This is a horrifying throwback to the Nazis who would test nerve agents on live humans,” chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon told The Times. “During the Second World War, the Nazis conducted thousands of deadly experiments with mustard gas on prisoners at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, near Berlin.”
Last week it was reported ISIS formed a chemical weapons cell made up of its top experts from Iraq and Syria. U.S. military spokespeople said the group is moving troops away from its former strongholds of Raqqa and Mosul and towards a new de facto capital on the Syrian-Iraqi border in the Euphrates valley.
The cell is believed to be based there.
“We know ISIS is willing to use chemical weapons,” Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition said. “This is not something we want to see them get good at.”
Chemical weapons testing is not the only way ISIS is perpetrating human rights abuses. ISIS killed and dismembered 52 civilians believed to be mostly from the Ismaili Shi’ite sect in Syria’s Hama province, according to The Mirror.
“They were brought with all forms of deformations but most of them appear to have died as a result of gunfire,” Dr Safar of the local National Hospital in the nearby town of Salamiyeh told media. He said the 52 corpses included 11 women and 17 children. Some were beheaded while others had amputated limbs.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (based in the UK) said the 52 included 15 civilians, 27 Syrian soldiers and 10 unidentified corpses.
ISIS stormed several villages near the Damascus-Aleppo highway where it carried out the massacres before its fighters were repelled by regime-aligned forces.