A man is brought to a hospital in Khan al-Assal, southwest of Aleppo, Syria, where militants used chemical weapons against people for the first time in March 2013.
A senior Russian lawmaker says information on the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces against militants is ‘fabricated.’
Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian foreign policy committee in the lower chamber of parliament, said in a Friday message posted on Twitter that the information has been concocted in a similar fashion as lies were made up about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction prior to the US invasion of the country in 2003.
“Information about the use by [Syrian President Bashar] Assad of chemical weapons has been fabricated in the same place as the lies about (Saddam) Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction,” Pushkov stated.
On June 13, US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes claimed in a White House statement that the Syrian government “has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale” against the foreign-backed Takfiri militants “multiple times in the last year.”
Syria strongly rejects such claims and says the militants have used chemical weapons on several occasions, including an attack in the region of Khan al-Assal in the northwestern province of Aleppo on March 19, where over two dozen people died.
The Russian lawmaker also said that Obama “is taking the same path as George Bush,” referring to the former US president, under whose administration the US invasion of Iraq took place.
US press reports on June 13 said the Obama administration has decided to begin supplying the militants in Syria with small arms and ammunition. The assistance, coordinated by the CIA spy agency, could include antitank weapons, according to US officials cited by the New York Times
Hawkish US Senator John McCain, who is a staunch supporter of arming the militants in Syria, said on the same day that Washington should even think of plans other than sending weapons to the militants “to change the equation on the battleground.”
The foreign-sponsored militancy, which turned the situation in Syria into turmoil more than two years ago, has been taking its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.