Former Syrian chemical warfare head: Assad has “hundreds of tons” of chemical weapons

Former head of chemical warfare for Assad’s regime confirms that regime holds hundreds of tons of chemical weapons; From reported 1,300 tons turned over, there was “at least 2,000 tons”

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A former head of chemical warfare for the Syrian army confirmed that President Bashar al-Assad still has hundreds of tons of chemical weapon stockpiles in Syria.

According to the former head of the Syrian army’s chemical warfare division, Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat, Assad’s regime had at least 700 tons of sarin gas and other chemicals after it turned over its chemical weapon stockpiles in 2014.

In 2014, Assad’s regime turned over around 1,300 tons, Sakat claiming there were 2,000 tons at the time. In a recent interview, Sakat stated that in 2014 Syria “admitted only to 1,300 tons, but we knew in reality they had nearly double that. They had at least 2,000 tons. At least.”

He also reported that Assad’s regime has along with its chemical stockpiles aerial bombs and scud missiles that can be filled with chemicals. He also stated that Assad’s regime are no longer producing or acquiring chemical weapons as they “have all they need already”.

Sakat stated that the weapons are well hidden and could not be found during the United Nations inspections. He also warned that Assad “will not let go of the chemical weapons while he is leader of Syria and that only is he was forcibly ousted “he might confess to where some of it is hidden only so it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.”

Last Tuesday, chemical attacks were carried out in Syria in airstrikes by Assad’s regime on the region of Idlib, a rebel stronghold in northern Syria. The town of Khan Sheikhoun was heavily hit in the strikes, killing dozens and injuring hundreds. On Friday morning, the United States launched 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles targeting the Shayrat base that was used to store and deploy chemical weapons in Syria.

Both Syria and Russia continue to deny they carried out chemical attacks.