Along the Tracks

Monday, January 27, 2003

Mustard gas precursor update

According to, a chemical and biological warfare agent information page, the precursor to mustard gas (thiodiglycol) mentioned by Hans Blix does have industrial uses outside of making mustard gas, but it is an “indicator” of exposure to mustard gas and is also found in soil and water after use of the gas.

Thus, this would appear to be a “dual-use” chemical. I cannot say if its production was proscribed by previous disarmament resolutions, but it certainly falls into the category of “required listing” in Iraq’s accounting document from December - and apparently, it was not.

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