Syria: IS attacks government forces with poison gas

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… by Ian Greenhalgh

Disturbing reports are coming from Syria about IS using poison gas to attack government troops. 

A military source said that IS used poisonous gas in an attack on a Syrian army airbase in the province of Deir ez-Zor, as reported by Russia’s Ria-Novosti news agency:

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The militants of Daesh militant group used poisonous gas in an attack against a Syrian army airbase in the province of Deir Ez-zor, a military source said Tuesday.

“The Daesh militants attacked the military airfield in Deir Ez-zor with shells containing a poisonous chemical substance. The defenders of the airbase have reported that a number of soldiers were choking,” the source told RIA Novosti.

Reuters news agency reports that Islamic State militants attacked Syrian army troops with mustard gas in an offensive against a Syrian military airport in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor that borders Iraq:

Islamic state militants use mustard gas in attack on Deir al-Zor airport – Syrian state TV

“The terrorists fired rockets carrying mustard gas,” a statement said on state owned Ikhbariyah television station.

Syrian state media did not disclose how many casualties were sustained in the latest drive by the hardline fundamentalist Sunni militants to capture the heavily defended airport located south of Deir al Zor city, whose main neighbourhoods are under the militants control.

Deir al-Zor is a strategic location. The province links Islamic State’s de facto capital in Raqqa with its fighters in Iraq; therefore IS are desperate to hold onto it and the Syrian government forces are determined to seize control of it from IS.

Only today, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned that IS may resort to desperate measures including the use of gas:

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Daesh, banned in Russia and several other countries, might carry out new chemical attacks after suffering military defeats, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

“The military defeats can push IS to desperate measures, including massive use of chemical weapons in the hope to restore the balance on the battlefield,” Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Mikhail Ulyanov said.

The attacks on Deir al-Zor airfield are far from the first time that IS has used gas; the Kurds have been on the receiving end several times as VT has reported previously:

Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of aiding sarin gas delivery to rebels after fresh chemical attacks

The Kurds accusations against Turkey were fully confirmed:

Turkey Supplied Sarin Gas to ISIS

Veterans Today was the first to break this story in 2013 and traced the manufacture of the gas/components to an American facility in the State of Georgia, the “Lugar Labs” or former National Reference Laboratory.  VT staffers in Georgia secured plans for the WMD and bio-weapons warfare facility from “girls” who “borrowed” them from Bechtel Corporation’s project managers during afternoon trysts paid for by American taxpayers

We were also able to confirm that the UN has known about the use of gas by IS since at least 2013:

Official Report: US Backed Groups Proven to Use Sarin Gas in Syria from 2013 Onward

Last month, VT reported that a German company was supplying the precursor chemicals IS needed to produce poison gas weapons and that Saudi owned companies were also involved in the warehousing and supply of these chemicals. As Jim Dean noted at the time, this was a huge story and we were only seeing the tip of the iceberg; the attacks of Der al-Zor this week show that he was right.

Germany Back in the Poison Gas Business, with ISIS this time

 

 

 

 

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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