US-Supported ISIS Using Chemical Weapons in Mosul

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by Stephen Lendman
ICRC Middle East director Robert Mardini said patients treated in nearby Irbil show “clinical symptoms consistent with exposure to a blistering chemical agent.”
Affected men, women and children suffer from respiratory problems, blisters, coughing, vomiting, along with eye redness and irritation.
“The use of chemical weapons is absolutely prohibited under international humanitarian law. We are deeply alarmed by what our colleagues have seen, and we strongly condemn any use of chemical weapons, by any party, anywhere,” Mardini added.
ISIS and other US-supported terrorist groups used chemical weapons on numerous occasions in Iraq and Syria.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wrongfully accused Syria’s government for using toxic agents.
It’s silent about clear evidence of ISIS use in Mosul, destroying its credibility as an independent organization.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov slammed the group, saying:
“A series of instances of chemical weapon use against the civilian population by ISIS militants registered last week in the city of Mosul was left unnoticed by the Western public. But what’s even more surprising is the ‘lukewarm’ attitude towards these facts on the part of the OPCW.”
It failed to act responsibly, sending no experts to investigate, nor did it issue a statement condemning what happened.
Long after US-supported terrorists used chemical weapons in the battle for Aleppo, the OPCW has yet to issue a report on its findings.
In cases where Syria is wrongfully accused, it relies on claims by anti-government sources as evidence.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained “(w)e have been monitoring the situation since March 2013.”
Experts explained “after Mosul’s seizure by ISIS, (it) considerably expanded its capabilities to make poisonous substances.”
Chemical weapons US-supported terrorists used in Syria came from foreign sources. In some cases, these elements produced their own, using toxic substances.
Russia’s military found munitions with chemical agents, traces of white phosphorous and chlorine in East Aleppo, controlled by al-Nusra before its liberation.
The latter substance is simple to make. Attacks using it are a “trademark” of terrorist groups. Konashenkov earlier said “analysis of soil samples and fragments of artillery and ammunition confirm that terrorists used chemical weapons in Aleppo.”
They used them elsewhere in Syria and Iraq, little or nothing reported in the West about their culpability.
Syrian complaints to UN authorities about CWs used by terrorists against civilians and government forces go unaddressed.
Separately, in response to yesterday’s twin terrorist attacks in Damascus, killing dozens of civilians, injuring over 120 others, Syria demanded UN authorities condemn what happened.
World body leadership serves Western interests, failing to responsibly address US-led imperial wars, causing appalling human suffering affecting millions.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.