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Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Chlorine is one of the toxic industrial chemicals that has been used as a weapon in the past (Szinicz, 2005). One of the places where chlorine has been used as a weapon is in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency that came after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The chlorine used as a weapon was mostly for the purpose of treating drinking water. In 2007, terrorists brew up chlorine tanker in Baghdad and killed five people and causing sickness to over 300 others. In the same year at Ramadi in Iraq, police officers and citizens were attacked by terrorists with an improvised explosive device on a pick-up truck; part of the plot was a chlorine tank. As a result of this attack, there were 16 fatalities apart from the bomber (Pichtel, 2011). The above information shows that because chlorine is readily available, it is one of the terrorists’ weapons of choice.

Anton Dilger the German-American who brought the American sabotage program into the United States. He had worked as a physician in the German army where he rose to the rank of colonel. The fact that he was an American passport holder enabled him to get into the United States where he set out to advance the agenda of the country in which his loyalty lay (Koening, 2006). He established a lab in Chevy Chase, Washington State where he developed cultures of Anthrax and Gladers. The pathogens produced in the lab were injected into the horses that were to be shipped to the western front. As a result of this inoculation, hundreds of American soldiers in the west front were infected with anthrax and Gladers (Pitchel, 2011). Dilger’s actions of sabotage did not turn the tide in the war, but they created a precedent for biological warfare.


Koenig, R. L. (2006). The Fourth Horseman: One Man’s Secret Campaign to Fight the Great War in America. New York: Public Affairs.

Pichtel, J. (2011). Terrorism and WMDs: awareness and response. CRC Press.

Szinicz, L. (2005). History of chemical and biological warfare agents. Toxicology, 214(3), 167-181.