[Marxism] Use of chemical weapons by Syrian rebels

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 20 01:40:25 MDT 2018


In a recent interview Stephen Zunes noted that, while the Assad regime has carried out most of the chemical weapon attacks in Syria, including the recent attack on Douma, rebel groups have also carried out some chemical attacks.  Some people have disputed this, but Zunes is correct.

One example is the use of chlorine against the predominantly Kurdish Sheikh Maqsoud neighbourhood in Aleppo in 2016:

https://www.amnesty.org.au/syria-armed-groups-war-crimes-aleppo/

The rebels have used chlorine, not sarin.  Only the Assad regime has used sarin.  Chlorine is much easier to manufacture and handle.  It is also less deadly than sarin.  The symptoms are quite different.

Chris Slee




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