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Some of you ask, What is Osmium tetroxide?

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Osmium tetroxide was listed in the possible chemicals sought by al Qaeda in Al Qaeda's Euro-chemists stress the simple and the practical because, I believe, its inclusion in an event that I did not report:

Chemical 'bomb plot' in UK foiled
BBC NEWS
Published: 2004/04/06 21:33:53 GMT

In any case, the best OsO4 article is Osmium Tetroxide - a New Chemical Terrorism Weapon? from the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies. Unless you're really curious, read the first section and then jump down to the last two sections:

  • Appearance in a Recent Terrorist Plot
  • Viability of OsO4 as a Chemical Terrorism Weapon
  • Conclusions

CNS Research Story
Osmium Tetroxide - a New Chemical Terrorism Weapon?
By Michelle Baker and Margaret E. Kosal
Monterey Institute of International Studies
April 13, 2004

Gordon Housworth



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