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Syria may have used weaponized hallucinogen on rebels

From Wired.com. File under weaponized hallucinogens.

The Syrian military used an exotic chemical weapon on rebels during an attack in the city of Homs, some U.S. diplomats now believe...

“We can’t definitely say 100 percent, but Syrian contacts made a compelling case that Agent 15 was used in Homs on Dec. 23,” an unnamed U.S. official tells Rogin.

Agent 15 is similar to 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ, a powerful hallucinogen that the American military tested out on its own soldiers during the Cold War...

Over the years, there have been rumors of BZ being used on a battlefield -- including one that Iraqi insurgents were dosing themselves with the drug to pump up their aggressiveness. If the cable is accurate, this would be the first confirmed case of BZ employed as a weapon.

As for weaponized effectiveness, your mileage may vary.

Posted By jamesk at 2013-01-16 17:11:05 permalink | comments
Tags: bz syria agent 15 weaponized
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