Despite assurances from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he has no chemical weapons, a Syrian general who defected, insists that his former boss has hundreds of tons stockpiled and has used them numerous times in the past.
In 2014, Syria handed over what it claimed was its entire chemical arsenal to UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This was part of a deal brokered by former president Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, John Kerry. Both have gone on record as saying that Syria turned over “100%” of their chemical weapons arsenal. The deal came after hundreds of Syrians were killed in an Assad-ordered sarin gas attack.
“They [the regime] admitted only to 1,300 tons, but we knew in reality they had nearly double that,” said former
Syrian Brigadier General Zaher al-Sakat to The Telegraph on Friday. “They had at least 2,000 tons. At least.”
Before defecting in 2013, Zaher al-Sakat was a brigadier general in the Syrian Army’s 5th Division, serving as head of chemical warfare.
In a televised interview last week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the US “fabricated” the story of a nerve gas attack as a false pretext to attack.
“The West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists,’ Assad claimed.
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