Saturday, September 19, 2015
'Sometimes NATO Ally' - Turkish 'agents' Likely Provided Chemical Weapons to ISIL.
'Sometimes NATO Ally' - Turkish 'agents' Likely Provided Chemical Weapons to ISIL. (SP).
Turkish intelligence agents and scientific experts might have been involved in helping the ISIL to acquire or produce chemical weapons recently used in attacks in Syria and Iraq, experts told Sputnik.
The United States has consistently blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government for using chemical weapons while downplaying suggestions that opposition forces, including the ISIL, might be culpable.
Veteran’s Today (VT) Senior Editor and security consultant Gordon Duff told Sputnik on Friday that Turkish agents have not only distributed chemical weapons to the ISIL, but have helped the militants manufacture them.
Lethal chemical substances were initially being produced within Turkey itself, Duff said, before they moved operations across the border into Raqqah, Syria, where the ISIL is reportedly headquartered.
"Mustard gas and chlorine come from Raqqah… at a Turkish-run facility," Duff explained, citing a Syrian army general who informed VT’s Bureau Chief in Damascus Nayed al Hussaini.
In March, Duff added, Syrians captured a Turkish chemical weapons officer at another facility in the region. Geopolitical analyst and editor Eric Draitser told Sputnik that it was entirely possible Turkish intelligence agents to have supplied chemical weapons to terrorist groups like the al-Nusra Front and the ISIL, either directly or through foreign agents operating on the Syrian-Turkish border.
"Either way, the hands of the Turkish government are not clean," Draitser claimed. "President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan in Turkey has a lot to answer for."
On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it had evidence that the ISIL acquired documentation related to manufacturing chemical weapons. The ISIL reportedly used chemicals during an attack on the northeastern Syrian town of Marea on Tuesday. Hmmm......Remember when Turkey used chemical weapons on the Kurds in the past? Read the full story here.