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Defected Syrian general claims he was ordered to use chemical weapons

Posted By admin On April 28, 2013 @ 5:54 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Jack Khoury
Haaretz [1]
April 28, 2013

A former army general who defected from the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army and joined the rebel forces claims he received orders to use chemical weapons in Syria’s south.

Zahir al-Sakit says he was told to use the weapons against rebels and civilians in Busra al-Harir, located around 90 Kilometers south of Damascus in Deraa province, southern Syria.

Al-Sakit, who was interviewed on Syria’s Al-Arabiya channel, claimed he instructed his soldiers to use a harmless liquid substance instead.

Al-Sakit defected to the rebel forces on March 15, and in a video he made for the occasion with his son – also an officer in the Syrian army – he did not refer to the incident. This fact, together with the timing of the statement and it’s airing on a channel known for its anti-Assad stance, raises questions as to the veracity of the claims.

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[1] Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/defected-syrian-general-claims-he-was-ordered-to-use-chemical-weapons-1.517952

[2] Experts Doubt Syrian Chemical Weapons Claims: http://www.prisonplanet.com/experts-doubt-syrian-chemical-weapons-claims.html

[3] Source: Chemical Weapons Attack Launched by Syrian Rebels: http://www.prisonplanet.com/source-chemical-weapons-attack-launched-by-syrian-rebels.html

[4] REPORT: Russian forces take Syrian chemical, biological weapons under control: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-russian-forces-take-syrian-chemical-biological-weapons-under-control.html

[5] ‘No confirmed reports’ Syrian govt preparing to use chemical weapons – UN chief: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-confirmed-reports-syrian-govt-preparing-to-use-chemical-weapons-%e2%80%93-un-chief.html

[6] “Doctors” Behind Syrian Chemical Weapons Claims are Aiding Terrorists: http://www.prisonplanet.com/doctors-behind-syrian-chemical-weapons-claims-are-aiding-terrorists.html

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