Iraqi scientist and former government employee Suleiman al-Afari told The Washington Post that he was recruited to help manufacture chemical weapons for ISIS when they took over Mosul in 2014.
Afari, a geologist at Iraq’s Ministry of Industry and Minerals, reportedly hoped he would be able to keep his job after the Islamic State toppled the government. When ISIS asked him to help produce chemical weapons, he said he accepted and managed a mustard gas production line for 15 months.
“They had become the government and we now worked for them,” he said. “We wanted to work so we could get paid.” Afari also helped the terror organization find “stainless-steel tanks, pipes, valves and tubes” made to withstand heat and corrosive substances.