Thursday, August 13, 2015

ISIS Using Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

ISIS Using Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

by Stephen Lendman

Washington and Turkey are allied against sovereign Syria and regional Kurds on the pretext of fighting ISIS. 

They’re imported terrorists from scores of countries serving US imperial interests - using chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. Germany’s Defense Ministry says they’re used against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq - maybe supplied by Turkey or Washington.

A spokesman said “a chemical weapons attack” occurred southwest of Abril - delivered with mortar or artillery shells. ISIS and other imported terrorists used chlorine gas, sarin and other toxic agents in Syria and Iraq numerous times earlier.

In late June, Syria’s Rajm al-Tfihi village in northeastern Al-Hasakah governorate was targeted. An undetermined poison gas was used. Victims experienced vomiting, breathing difficulties, eyes, nose and throat burning, severe headaches, muscle pain, as well as impaired concentration and mobility.

Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) issued a statement saying chemical attacks were likely. Militia fighters captured industrial grade gas masks from ISIS - “confirming that they are prepared and equipped for chemical warfare along this sector of the front.”

Northern Iraq Kurdish authorities cited evidence of ISIS terrorists using chlorine gas in a January car bomb attack.

In July, the Conflict Armament Research group and Sahan Research reported ISIS targeted Kurdish peshmerga fighters with one or more projectiles containing an unknown toxic chemical agent weeks earlier.

Clinical effects observed were “consistent with a chlorine chemical agent,” both groups reported. Projectiles released a yellow gas “with a strong smell of rotten onions.”

Imported terrorists are responsible for all chemical weapons attacks - not the Assad government wrongfully blamed. No evidence against it exists. Yet false accusations persist.

Last December, Iraqi News.com reported “ISIL terrorists bombarded Baghdadi district of western Anbar province with mortar shells loaded with chlorine gas,” - citing an unnamed security official.

“Baghdadi district suffers from lack of food, medical supplies and milk for children which caused death for four children,” he said. Water is in short supply.

Last fall, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported the near-total destruction of Syrian chemical weapons. Yet baseless accusations of Assad using them persist.

Last weekend, Sergey Lavrov said “(s)ometimes there are publications that (say) undeclared (chemical weapons) could remain in Syria. They are all being checked. In regard to this matter, it is necessary to avoid any unfounded accusations, and to present only the facts that confirm (alleged) fears.”

“I guarantee that all these facts will be rechecked, and we have every reason to believe that the Syrian government will continue to work closely with us.”

Last week, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to identify parties responsible for using chemical weapons in Syria - so perpetrators can be held accountable.

Ban Ki-moon and OPCW authorities will establish a “joint investigative mechanism” - a panel of experts to “identify to the greatest extent feasible individuals, entities, groups or governments who were perpetrators, organizers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use of chemicals as weapons.” 

Work will continue for a year or longer. Syria and other parties involved in the conflict are required to cooperate. It’s laughable to expect cooperation from terrorists entirely responsible for these incidents.

When they persist, expect Washington and rogue partners to wrongfully blame Assad every time. Obama’s war to topple Syria’s government is in its fifth year. Nothing in prospect suggests resolution.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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