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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Syria Claims Terror Groups Used Chlorine as a Weapon

During a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Syria’s Vice Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad "denied his government ever used chemical weapons or chlorine and warned that terror groups are using such weapons," AP reports.

The meeting came as the OPCW is close to fully eliminating Syria’s deadly chemical stockpile.
According to Mekdad, terrorist groups "have used chlorine gas in several of the regions of Syria and Iraq."
In October, Iraqi officials said the Islamic State group had used chlorine gas north of Baghdad. The claim came days after Kurdish officials and doctors said they had reason to believe ISIS used some form of toxic gas in Kobani.
‘Angela Kane, the United Nations' disarmament chief, acknowledged the new risks posed by terrorists,' the AP reports.
"There is a very distinct threat that has arisen and actually also is being investigated by the OPCW with a fact-finding mission," she said.

U.S. Rules Out No-Fly Zone Proposal Along Syria-Turkey Border

"The U.S. played down the idea of creating a buffer zone along the Syria-Turkish border Monday, after a media report cited it as a possible concession to Turkey in return for the use of bases to launch attacks on ISIS militants in Syria," Reuters reports.
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