News Brief 9/22/2013, Tishrei 18, 5774
Syrian Officer: Assad Told Me to Use Chemical Weapons
A Syrian officer who defected to join the rebels has told the British Sunday Telegraph that Syrian President Bashar Assad gave orders to use chemical weapons against rebel forces.
Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat said he was ordered to use chemical weapons three times. Each time he found himself unable to carry out the planned attack, he said, and replaced the chemical canisters with harmless bleach.