April 28, 2003

Oh, and by the way...
Suspicious discovery was NOT chemical weapons

A military team has tentatively concluded that there are no chemical weapons at a site where American troops said they had found chemical agents and mobile labs.

Earlier today, Lt. Col. Ted Martin of the 10th Cavalry said one of a dozen 55-gallon drums in an open field had tested positive for cyclosarin, a nerve agent, and for a blister agent that could have been mustard gas. He said his soldiers had also found two mobile labs containing equipment for mixing chemicals. The labs had been looted by the time the soldiers arrived.

But in an interview tonight, Capt. Ryan Cutchin said that after surveying the site, near the northern Iraqi town of Bayji, his team believed that the earlier reports were wrong.

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