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Tests Confirm Sarin in Iraqi Artillery Shell

Tests on an artillery shell that blew up in Iraq on Saturday confirm that it did contain an estimated three or four liters of the deadly nerve agent sarin (search), Defense Department officials told Fox News Tuesday. The artillery shell was being used as an improvised roadside bomb, the U.S. military said Monday. The 155-mm shell exploded before it could be rendered inoperable, and two U.S. soldiers were treated for minor exposure to the nerve agent. Three liters is about three-quarters of a gallon; four liters is a little more than a gallon. “A little drop on your skin will kill you” in the binary form, said Ret. Air Force Col. Randall Larsen, founder of Homeland Security Associates. “So for those in immediate proximity, three liters is a lot,” but he added that from a military standpoint, a barrage of shells with that much sarin in them would more likely be used as a weapon than one single shell. Full Story

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