Claims made in a US army report relating to sarin use in Syria appear to have irritated Turkish PM Erdoğan, who is supporting pro-Islamist organizations such as al-Nusra and al-Qaeda.
Former intelligence officer and one of the former senior directors of US Department of Defense Michael Maloof has said in an interview that he has taken possession of a report which shows that al-Qaeda acquired and used chemical weapons, going against the insistence of the US administration that the Syrian administration used these chemical weapons.
According to Maloof, the report was prepared by the US Army, and he took the report from the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), one of the US intelligence agencies.
The document is classified as ‘Secret’ and ‘Not for foreign distribution.’
The report revealed that al-Qaeda has in its possession sarin gas, a type of chemical weapons.
Al-Qaeda had produced a “bench-scale” form of sarin in Iraq and then transferred it to Syria via Turkey and sent it to the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the al-Nusra Front.
According to the document, assessments stated that primary research and procurement activities continued in spite of the arrests of several key individuals in Iraq and Turkey.
A US Military source stated that “50 documents related to the efforts of the ANF/AQI-associated groups to produce sarin gas,” adding that “This document depicts our assessment of the status of effort at its peak when it was disrupted in late May 2013 with the arrest of several key individuals in Iraq and Turkey.”
Used in Aleppo
The report pointed out that the a part of the sarin gas captured in Turkey may have been used in an attack in March in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo, Syria, where 26 citizens and Syrian government forces were killed by what was determined to be sarin gas, delivered by a rocket attack.
According to sources, deadly sarin poison gas was manufactured in a Sunni-controlled region of Iraq and then transported to Turkey for use by the Syrian opposition.
Saudis provided the money
Maloof said in his statement to Russia Today, “the document itself was published in August 2013 by the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC).
The fact that some of it was actually captured in May along the border in Turkey and it was actually Al-Qaeda, and since it was disseminated my sources are telling me that production has probably increased significantly and sarin gas is being produced quite widely now.
That it’s actually ongoing and there’s actually a Saudi financier whose name I’m trying to obtain right now.”
Via Aydinlik Daily