In a military context, the arsenical compounds are also used as a chemical warfare agent which includes blood agent, blister agent
, and vomiting agent.
The UK Ministry of Defence said it was used to keep chemical weapon "precursors" - chemicals that often have dual-uses but can be part of the blister agent
or nerve agent production process.
Assad launch an "innovative chemical warfare program"--providing technology to build equipment that would produce "hundreds of tons of precursors for VX, sarin nerve agents and mustard blister agent
According to the group, these circular wounds are consistent with exposure to a chemical warfare blister agent
such as sulphur mustard.
Sudan's government has carried out at least 30 likely chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January using what two experts concluded was a probable blister agent
, Amnesty International said on Thursday.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Amnesty International said on Thursday that Sudan's government has carried out at least 30 likely chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January using what two experts concluded was a probable blister agent
Joseph Dunford, who testified alongside Carter, said early assessments have shown the chemical to be a "sulfur mustard blister agent
." He stressed, however, that "it's clear we have the momentum in the military campaign." "Coalition operations supporting indigenous ground forces -- have disrupted core ISIL's ability to mount external attacks, reduced its territorial control, limited its freedom of movement, eliminated many of their leaders and reduced the resources that they had available.
Kurdish officials in northern Iraq and rebels in northern and eastern Syria have both cited multiple attacks this summer during which noxious chemicals were dispersed, including chlorine and another substance which caused burning and respiratory distress, and that they suspected of being mustard or another blister agent
. One of the US officials added: "There's no doubt ISIS has used this".
national public health institute, states that in the use of organophosphates such as sarin, "the possibility that birth defects could occur has neither been confirmed nor ruled out." Chlorine is not included in this nerve agent category, as it is a blister agent
The "most critical" chemicals, including around 20 tons of the blister agent
sulphur mustard, must be shipped out by 31 December.
In private briefings to weapons experts, White House officials said analysts had concluded that Syria possesses more than 1,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, of which about 300 metric tons are sulfur mustard, the blister agent
used in World War I.
The initial symptoms of blister agent
exposure are a reddening of