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IS may use chlorine gas to attack Britain: Warfare expert

08:29 PM | 23 Mar, 2015
IS may use chlorine gas to attack Britain: Warfare expert
LONDON (Web Desk) – Islamic State (IS) militants could be plotting First World War-style attacks using chlorine gas on Britain, a top chemical warfare expert in the world has warned, according to a media report.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the retired head of chemical and biological weapons for the British Army and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), said that he feared an attack by returning jihadis using chlorine gas-filled IEDs to be “highly likely”, the Daily Mirror reported on Sunday.

“This could happen on a train or tube or even at a big football match,” he said.

"Acquiring weapons and ammunition is very difficult in Britain, but you can get up to 90,000 tonnes of chlorine without any licence.

"In a confined space if you saw this yellow and green gas cloud and started smelling it the panic would create carnage,” he warned.

The chilling alert comes days after the 20th anniversary of the attack on the Tokyo subway in Japan in which extremists released the deadly gas sarin on several tube lines.

It follows increasing fears that IS militants are stockpiling chemical weapons for a bloody last stand against troops fighting to drive them out of Iraq.

Spies believe the ruthless IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has ordered his followers to encourage an all-out attack in Europe.

Bretton-Gordon revealed that hundreds of crude chlorine IEDs -- which cause choking -- are now being used extensively by IS in the defence of the Iraqi city of Tikrit.

Iraqi security forces are convinced that chlorine bombs are being prepared to defend Mosul, Iraq's second city.

When IS overran Mosul last June, it seized a huge chlorine factory and Iraqi forces believe it is stockpiling material for a deadly last stand. There are also fears that IS has even deadlier mustard gas and sarin.

Bretton-Gordon said: “Islamic State are all over these chemical weapons. The big prize is Mosul, its capital in Iraq. Lose it and they lose the country and have to retreat to Syria.”

The Daily Mirror has revealed that Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) forces in Iraq have been ordered to take chemical weapons suits.

An intelligence source said: “Islamic State definitely wants a spectacular (attack) in the West -- to build on fear it generated in the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.”

"Its favourite place would be a transport hub, with footage of the aftermath likely to be broadcast on the internet spreading horror worldwide.”

Next month is the 100th anniversary of the first use of gas in modern war. The German Army deployed chlorine at Ypres, killing 6,000 Allied troops, mainly from asphyxiation and lung damage.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 25, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moved up to 301.75 and selling rate is 303.85.

British Pound rate is 356 for buying, and 360.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.65 and Saudi Riyal hovered at 73.90.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279 280.75
Euro EUR 301.75 303.85
UK Pound Sterling GBP 356 360.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.65 77.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.90 74.63
Australian Dollar AUD 184.95 186.75
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.65 205.65
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.4 204.4
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.55 7.7

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