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Bill Etheridge calls for pre-emptive strikes on any terrorist held chemical dumps


Published Jan 26, 2017

thumbnail_bill2.jpgBill Etheridge, UKIP Defence spokesman, has called for pre-emptive strikes against any known chemical dumps in terrorist hands.
 
Weeks after the Christmas market attack in Berlin, German government issued a paper stating the country was at “high risk” of terrorist attacks carried out by “Islamist-motivated perpetrators” who could use chemicals to contaminate drinking water.
 
There have been reports that Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) was in possession of chemical weapons stockpiles emerged in the past from time to time.

The Russian Air Force said it had destroyed several chemical weapons facilities in IS-controlled parts of Syria, while the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have acknowledged that the terrorist group may have produced and deployed sulfur mustard gas in both Syria and Iraq.
 
In early January, British Security Minister Ben Wallace said Islamic State militants are keen to carry out large-scale attacks in the UK and have “no moral objection to using chemical weapons.”
 
Mr Etheridge, UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, said “Whilst UKIP are generally non-interventionist, we have to reserve the right to defend our citizens.
 
“These illegal stores of chemicals represent a clear and present danger to our people and pre-emptive strikes are necessary.
 
“We cannot hold back and give these merciless fanatics the opportunity to use them.”

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