The U.S. special forces detained the leader of the division of”Islamic state” (ISIS, the activities of this terrorist organization banned in Russia), responsible for the development of chemical weapons, the Associated Press reports citing two senior officials in American intelligence.
According to them, we are talking about 50-year-old Dude Sleiman al-Safari. He was detained during a RAID in the town of Tal afar in Northern Iraq in February.
Al-Safari was the head of the newly established division of the terrorist group, which is engaged in the research and development of chemical weapons. Sources said that in the past he worked on the development of chemical weapons during the administration of Saddam Hussein.
Sources The New York Times in the Pentagon said that al-Safari is currently in custody in the Iraqi city of Erbil. According to interlocutors of publication, the U.S. military during interrogation of the detainee found the details of using ISIL terrorists mustard. Al-Safari said that the crushed mustard gas in volumes that are able not to kill but to maim, used “Islamic state”, in particular, when launching artillery shells.
The Pentagon says that is not my intention to keep al-Safari in custody, writes NYT. The Ministry said that after the interrogation, the detainee will be handed over to the Iraqi and Kurdish authorities.
That ISIS is now a special division which is engaged in the development of chemical weapons, told the AP in November 2015. In particular, the head of Committee of the Iraqi Parliament security and defense said al-Hakim of Samili then told with reference to intelligence that Islamic state has managed to attract to the development of chemical weapons experts from abroad, including specialists from Iraq, who were engaged in the military-industrial complex in the administration of Saddam Hussein.
At the same time, sources in AP American exploration has expressed doubt that ISIS is enough technological capacity to develop nerve gas or biological weapons. According to them, trying to create them, the fighters themselves cause most damage to themselves. The European official familiar with the data intelligence, also told AP that at this point the mustard gas produced by the terrorists, is characterized by low quality and small scale of production.
In mid-August edition of the Wall Street Journal with reference to the statement by a senior U.S. official reported that the militants used poison gas mustard gas in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq. The national security Council of the USA stated that it this information is known and that it collects additional information.
Before Reuters citing a senior American sources reported that one of the leaders of ISIL, Abu Umar al-Shishani, known as Umar the Chechen, was reportedly killed in the result of air strikes the US-led coalition in Syria. This information is officially confirmed until it was.