Assad forces claim discovery of Syrian rebel's chemical weapons: U.N.
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday again urged the United Nations's chemical weapons inspectors to come to Damascus following the military's discovery of large quantities of chemical weapons that was being stored by the jihadist rebels, according to an Israeli intelligence analysts who monitors Middle East terrorist groups.
Syria's U.N. representative, Bashar Ja'afari, announced to reporters that the head of the chemical weapons inspection team, has been awaiting to entry into Syria to conduct a probe of numerous allegations of chemical weapons use by both the government and the rebels, many of whom belong to terrorist organizations. Ja'afari was again invited to enter Syria, along with U.N. Disarmament Representative Angela Kane, to probe chemical weapons use.
After the Syrian government invited United Nations chemical weapons investigators to talks in Damascus, Russia said it had forensic evidence of rebels using sarin gas. The Russian officials said they have given the evidence to the U.N. officials.
In a prior report, Turkish law enforcement claimed they arrested 12 suspects identified as terrorists bound for the Syrian carrying sarin gas. These terrorists originally came from Libya and they had smuggled the sarin on board a civilian airliner that transported them from Libya to Turkey.
The Syrian government in March 2013 accused the rebels of firing a rocket containing lethal chemicals that killed more than 25 civilians, but the U.S. and European Union countries continued to accuse the Assad military of using chemical weapons.
The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has now created an inspection team that's open to investigating allegations made by both sides.
According to the Assad military, the chemical weapons were discovered in a hidden make-shift warehouse that was controlled by the armed terrorist groups Al-Nusra Front or al-Qaeda in Iraq fighters who crossed the border into Syria.
According to the United Nations, the suspected industrial chemicals were listed as 79 barrels of polyethylene glycol (PEG), 67 barrels of mono ethylene glycol, 25 barrels of mono ethanol, 68 barrels of diethanolamine, and 42 barrels of triethanolamine, all precursors of lethal weapons of mass destruction.