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Mustard gas use in Syria conflict confirmed

A picture taken on September 1, 2015 shows smoke billowing on the outskirts of Marea in the northern Syrian Aleppo district, during fighting between opposition fighters and Islamic State groupMustard gas was used during summer fighting in Syria but it was not clear by whom, the global chemical weapons watchdog said, while jihadists seized a key town from regime forces. The deadly gas was used in the flashpoint town of Marea in the northern province of Aleppo on August 21, a source from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told AFP. Allegations that jihadist militants have been using chemical arms have been increasing in recent months in both Iraq and Syria.

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