Turkish PM: Syria Used ‘At Least 200’ Chemical Weapons

Tells US Media That Govt Has Evidence

In comment earlier today Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dramatically escalated accusations against Syria today, claiming that his government had determined Syrian troops have used “at least 200” chemical weapons over the course of the ongoing civil war.

Erdogan insisted Turkey has “proof” of the allegations and has “the remainders of these missiles” as well as pictures of them. He also claimed Turkish hospitals had treated victims of such attacks.

The claims are a huge step up from Israel’s claims of a couple weeks ago, which alleged “up to eight” incidents of chemical weapons use, or the subsequent US version, which claimed only two.

Secretary of State John Kerry seems to be on board for these claims as well though, outlandish though they may be, announcing on Google+ shortly after Erdogan’s announcement that there is “strong evidence” of Assad using chemical weapons.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.