Assad's regime did not hand over its entire chemical arsenal, ex-Syrian army gen. says

The Assad regime did not hand over its entire chemical arsenal back in 2014, says Brig. Gen. Zaher al-Sakat, who headed the division of chemical warfare in the Syrian military before fleeing the country.
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A weapons researcher who served in the Syrian military claims Syria's president Bashar al-Assad still possesses hundreds of tons of chemical weapons, the Telegraph reported Saturday.

According to Brig. Gen. Zaher al-Sakat, who headed the division of chemical warfare in the Syrian military before fleeing the country, Assad did not hand over his entire chemical arsenal in 2014.

"They (the regime) admitted to 1,300 tons, but in reality they had nearly twice that amount," Sakat told the Telegraph. "They had at least 2,000 tons, including hundreds of tons of chemical gas which they allegedly used in the Idlib attack."

He added that Assad continued to use chemical weapons despite warnings from the UN, the US and the international community. "He experimented and realized everyone was silent to all his crimes," Sakat said.

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