The Islamic State (ISIS) has conducted chemical weapons experiments on live human beings in actions The Times, which uncovered documents confirming the experiments, described as reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
Documents found by Iraqi special forces at Mosul University and verified by British intelligence services reveal that, as part of their weapons research, ISIS tested two separate chemical agents on human “guinea pigs.”
The papers describe the use of two readily available chemical products, thallium sulfate and an unspecified nicotine-based compound, which experts fear could be used for a large-scale attack in the Western world.
According to the report, among ISIS’s subjects was a man weighing over 220 pounds (16 stone), fed with products contaminated by thallium sulfate. Within a couple of days, the victim reported severe symptoms of nauseousness and swelling and died 10 days later.
In the documents, ISIS described the chemical as an “ideal lethal poison” and claimed to be in “possession of an ample amount of the solution to fill demands.”
Meanwhile, another man poisoned via injection with the nicotine-based compound collapsed immediately and died two hours later, while another, not poisoned orally, lost consciousness but reportedly survived the ordeal.
The testing of chemical weapons will raise further worries for anti-terrorism authorities, who fear a potential attack through undetected chemical agents placed in a supply of food or other resources.
Mosul University, where the documents were found, was formally the center of ISIS’s chemical weapons operation, now moved to the city of Raqqa in Syria, with ISIS having lost control of a majority of territory in the region. In March, the organization was accused of using chemical weapons after it emerged that women and children required medical treatment for exposure to chemical agents.
Last year, officials discovered that the Islamic State had also been using one of the university’s chemistry labs as a bomb-making laboratory.
This week, CNN reported that evidence suggests the terrorist group is putting together a new “chemical weapons cell” outside of Raqqa, consisting of the jihadists’ most trusted chemical weapons scientists, intended to generate weapons to stockpile for use as the group loses territory.
“We have seen ISIS use low-grade chemical agents in the past. We know ISIS is willing to use chemical weapons. This is not something we want to see them get good at,” said Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the anti-ISIS military coalition.