Twenty years ago in Iraq, ignoring the expert weapons inspectors proved to be a fatal mistake

How the Pentagon Got Inside ISIS’ Chemical Weapons Operation—and Ended It

““We began to recognize that ISIS was pulling in not just fighters but people with unique skills: technical skills, scientific skills, financial skills,” said General Joseph Votel, the Pentagon’s special-operations chief at the time and a regular participant in the discussions. “That gave us pause. We all witnessed the horrific things they were doing. You had to make the presumption that if they got their hands on a chemical weapon, they would use it.””