Chlorine is the extra ingredient in the carbombs of Baghdad, emitting toxic fumes that burn eyes and lungs after exploding. Lara Logan led CBS' newscast with video clips from an unnamed jihadist Website showing guerrillas in gas masks assembling purported chemical warheads. She then played a CBS-made computer animation of a US military raid on a suspected bombmaking factory near Fallujah. The raid claimed to have uncovered a half-built truckbomb and other vehicles equipped with chemicals. The chlorine is easy to obtain in Iraq, NBC's Jane Arraf explained, because it is necessary to purify drinking water. Her colleague Robert Bazell recently traveled to Iraq to report on war-zone healthcare: he was on hand in Balad in January for the first diagnosis of a chlorine casualty. Arraf cautioned against hyperbole: "Chlorine does not afflict mass casualties."
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