- The Washington Times - Friday, November 6, 2015

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that mustard gas was used in an attack on a Syrian town earlier this year.

The Organisaton for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it could “confirm with utmost confidence that at least two people were exposed to sulfur mustard, and that it is very likely that the effects of this chemical weapon resulted in the death of an infant.”

Early reports of the Aug. 21 attack in the town of Marea, just north of Aleppo, indicated that Islamic State militants had used the mustard gas, but OPCW’s report does not assign blame or even mention any force involved in the ongoing civil conflict in Syria.

Charity medical organization Medicins Sans Frontieres said at the time of the attack that it had treated four members of a family who were suffering from breathing difficulties and had developed blisters after a mortar hit their home.

Local rebels claimed the shells were fired from an Islamic State-held village to the east of Marea.

Chemical weapons have plagued Syria’s civil war, with international forces accused President Bashar Assad’s forces of using them against civilians.

The confirmation raises serious questions over which force used the chemical weapons and where they obtained them.

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