Israeli Official: Islamic State-Affiliate’s Use of Chemical Weapons a ‘Red Line’

Members of the civil defence spray and clean areas in the town of Taza, around 220 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad, on March 13, 2016, that might have been contaminated in a chemical attack carried out by the Islamic State (IS) group the previous week.
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The Times of Israel reports: Senior Israeli official on Wednesday said the IDF would strike an Islamic State-affiliated group operating near its border with Syria if there were any indication the jihadist group was testing or using chemical weapons.

According to a TV report on Tuesday, Israeli defense officials are concerned an IS offshoot based on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights may have recently acquired chemical weapons which once belonged to the Assad regime.

“Israel will not allow a terrorist organization like the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade to equip themselves with this type of capability,” the unnamed official told Channel 10 news Wednesday.

“If we see anything resembling experiments or other signs indicating operational capability of chemical weapons, Israel will not stand by — we will act to thwart such capabilities,” he said.

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