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June 20th, 2014
05:23 PM ET

ISIS takes chemical weapons complex

(CNN) – ISIS militants took control of a facility that Saddam Hussein once used to produce and store chemical weapons in Iraq Thursday.

The facility is "larger than the District of Columbia," says David Kay, former chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq.

But the State Department doubts that the Al Muthanna complex contains any material of "military value."

"The materials in the bunkers, which date from the 1980s, are of little military value and would be very difficult to safely move," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday. But "the materials pose serious health hazards to anyone attempting to access the bunkers."

Kay agrees, saying the chemicals in the facility are "much more dangerous to anyone who tries to get them, then they are to anyone they could possibly be used on."
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June 20th, 2014
04:54 PM ET

What will U.S. military advisers do in Iraq?

(CNN) – The first group of U.S. military advisers are set to begin their work in Iraq soon.

But what exactly are thy going to be doing?

"There's an art to this," says CNN military analyst and retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona, who served as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer during the Persian Gulf War and also served in northern Iraq with the CIA.
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June 20th, 2014
10:49 AM ET

Fmr. Central Command general on lessons from Iraq past

(CNN) – President Obama announced Thursday that up to 300 military advisers will be sent to Iraq to help the embattled government hold off a lightning advance from the north by Sunni militants.

But what can these advisers do to cut off what some call the beginning of a civil war?

At the more senior levels, advisers will be working on "operational level things, such as logistics, intelligence, fire support coordination," says Retired General Anthony Zinni, former commander of U.S. Central Command.

"They would also be a conduit for any support that we might have to bring in and coordinate," said Zinni.

For more of our interview with Gen. Anthony Zinni (Ret.), check out the video above.

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