Late Saturday night, it was reported that FSA fighters captured a Syrian chemical factory used to make toxic chlorine. Some reports suggested that the chloride factory at Al-Safira, southeast of Aleppo, is a also a chemical weapons depot and research station with chemical tipped scud missiles. The town, along with the factory has reportedly been overrun by jihadists who are purportedly fighting the Syrian government. The jihadists are members of al Nusra, a terrorist group associated with al-Qaeda.
Keeping in mind that the Syrian “opposition” has been overrun by al Qaeda fighters, who have themselves been guilty of horrendous crimes against the Syrians, this turn of events is ominous and is precisely what Assad himself warned about.
In the hands of al Qaeda jihadists, chemical weapons may be the next horror of a war that has brought nothing but horror for the people of Syria.While Syrian Christians have been particularly targeted by the jihadis, no one is safe from their malevolent aspirations and armed with chemical weapons, Syrians have reason to be afraid.
The final paragraph in the following article refers to the arming of the jihadi groups by countries including the United States. This is known to be true, and one may reasonably wonder why we are arming and otherwise supporting groups associated with al Qaeda.
Syria warned the United Nations on Saturday that rebels may use chemical weapons after they gained control of a factory producing toxic chlorine east of Aleppo city.
“Terrorist groups may resort to using chemical weapons against the Syrian people… after having gained control of a toxic chlorine factory,” the Foreign Ministry said, adding that Syria would never use chemical weapons.
The statement may be referring to the Syrian-Saudi Chemicals Company (SYSACCO) factory near the town of Safira, which was taken over earlier this week by rebel fighters from the jihadist Al-Nusra Front.
This factory, which produces sodium hydroxide and hydrogen chloride, is in an agricultural area and has been the subject of numerous complaints from farmers for polluting the local water supply.
The ministry sent separate letters to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, reiterating that Syria would “not use chemical weapons under any circumstance, if they exist.”
Syria “is defending its people against terrorism, which is supported by known countries, with the United States at the forefront,” it added.
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