ISIS Likely Using Chemical Weapons


A Turkish soldier stands guard while smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobani as it is seen from the Turkish border town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey,  June 26, 2015. An attack by Islamic State fighters on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village has so far killed at least 146 civilians, the second-biggest massacre by the hardline group in the country, a conflict monitor said on Friday. Islamic State entered Kobani at the Turkish border on Thursday and clashes have continued with Kurdish YPG forces in the town, also known as Ayn al-Arab, said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTX1HWLNISIS likely used mustard gas in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq this week, according to senior U.S. officials. There was another reported incident of chemical weapons use in Syria in “recent weeks,” according to an NBC News report. A defense official said that the Pentagon believes these reports “to be credible.”

The Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria contended that all of their chemical weapons were destroyed after a 2013 agreement with the major world powers. But inspectors were never able to fully verify these claims, and Western inteligence services have long believed that Assad has a second, secret chemical stockpile. Read it at the Wall Street Journal.