UN Report Confirms Chemical Weapon Use in Syria
Chemical weapons have been used in at least four attacks in the Syrian civil war, according to a new United Nations report.
"There are reasonable grounds to believe that chemical agents have been used as weapons," the report said. "It has not been possible, on the evidence available, to determine the precise chemical agents used, their delivery systems or the perpetrator."
The U.N. Commission of Inquiry said it still needs to test samples from victims and sites of suspected chemical attacks.
But Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem warned in a recent TV interview that under Saddam Hussein Iraq mistakenly set the country up for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion by opening its doors to U.N. Inspectors -- a mistake he vows Syria is not about to repeat.
"We will not allow teams of inspectors to come to Syria to do whatever they want," he said.
Meanwhile, experts say Syria possibly has one of the world's largest arsenals of chemical weapons, including mustard and nerve gas. The Assad regime has denied using such weapons during the civil war, but rebel and Syrian forces have long accused each other of chemical warfare.
In addition, the report accuses both sides of committing war crimes and warns against the increased availability of weapons.
Government forces and affiliated militia are being accused of torture, rape, forcible displacement and enforced disappearance. While on the rebel side, the report accused armed groups of carrying out sentencing and execution without due process, as well as committing torture, taking hostages and pillaging according to the Associated Press.