Oxfordshire to Iraq

This is very tangentially relevant to my topic: it has been found that anthrax samples given to Iraq by the US in the 1980s can be traced back to a cow which died in Oxfordshire in 1937. British scientists weaponised anthrax taken from this cow for their biological warfare tests during the Second World War and the strain was eventually made available to the Americans, who then passed in on the Iraq in the 1980s. A major reason for the British research was the fear that Germany would develop and use biological weapons against the UK, most likely from the air. Therefore, British fears of air attack in the mid-20th century helped fuel American fears of terrorist attack in the early 21st century.

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