Syria claims terror groups used chlorine as weapon

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Posted: Dec 01, 2014 7:22 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Syria's vice foreign minister has denied that his government ever used chemical weapons or chlorine during the country's brutal civil war and warns that terror groups are using such weapons.

The comments Monday by Faysal Mekdad to a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons underscored what could be the organization's next major challenge, even as it comes close to fully eliminating Damascus' deadly stockpile of nerve agents and poison gas.

Mekdad said Monday that terror groups "have used chlorine gas in several of the regions of Syria and Iraq."

The government of President Bashar Assad is widely believed to have unleashed chemical weapons during the civil war, but there are growing fears that terror groups like Islamic State also could use chlorine as a weapon.