Who knows at this point what is real and what is propaganda... That said the following report leaked in Washington:
Pentagon: Hamas experimenting with chemical weapons
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Wednesday, July 31, 2002
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has determined that the Hamas terrorist organization has been conducting research in the use of chemical weapons for suicide bombers.
U.S. officials said the Islamic militant group has experimented with explosives and chemicals that could spread lethal agents over a wide area.
"Some of the groups, like Hamas, are exploring ways to utilize WMD," Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Marshall Billingslea said. "Hamas is working with poisons and chemicals and an effort to coat suicide bomber fragments."
In testimony to the Senate International Security subcommittee on Monday, Billingslea said Hamas's efforts represent a growing focus by Islamic insurgency groups to develop biological and chemical weapons. The Pentagon official said Hamas and other group could be obtaining help from such countries as Iran, Iraq and Syria, who are themselves pursuing WMD programs.
Hamas might be obtaining help in the WMD effort from other Islamic groups as well as such state terror sponsors as Iran and Syria, the officials said.
They said Hamas has benefited from the use of commercial and dual-use material for their development of weapons of mass destruction.
"With increasing frequency since the mid-1980s, we have seen a steady growth in the awareness of, and interest in, WMD by terrorist groups," Billingslea said. "These groups are aggressively trying to procure the necessary materials to conduct such an attack."
U.S. officials said the equipment required for the production of biological and chemical weapons are small and can fit into a small auditorium. They said WMD can be constructed or adapted from commonly-available materials or systems, such as pesticide sprayers.
Billingslea said Hamas and other Islamic groups might have obtained training facilities from such countries as Iran, Iraq and Syria to pursue the development of biological and chemical weapons. Hamas has offices in Lebanon, Syria and Iran.
"First, these countries give wide latitude to terrorist groups that operate within their borders," Billingslea said. 'Terrorists are able to establish training and research camps where they are free to develop WMD and to perfect their plans for delivery."
[On Tuesday, a Palestinian blew himself up in downtown Jerusalem, injuring five Israelis. The ruling Fatah movement claimed responsibility for the attack.]