Disturbing new photos have been released that suggest that ISIS may be using chemical weapons.
The gruesome photos show the bodies of Syrian Kurds who seem to have been gassed by ISIS in the Kobani region in July.
The bodies are bruised in a way that suggests the victims were killed with what “appears to be a case of mustard gas or some kind of blistering agent,” said Jonathan Spyer, editor of the MERIA Journal.
“It is fairly concerning that, if the pictures are genuine — and I have no reason to believe they are not — then this [use of chemical weapons] is looking clearer and clearer,” Spyer added.
The Syrian Kurds’ skin appears white and blistered in certain areas, suggesting that it was burned away.
“Burns and white spots on the bodies of the dead [indicated] the use of chemicals which led to death without any visible wounds or external bleeding,” Nisal Ahmed, the Kurdish Authority Health Minister, told Spyer.
ISIS could have obtained the chemical weapons from Muthanna, the notorious Iraqi compound where Saddam Hussein produced chemical weapons in the 1980s. ISIS surged through there in June, one month before these pictures are believed to have been taken.
A 2007 CIA report confirms there were chemical weapons in Muthanna, and ISIS allegedly seized them in June during the surge. These weapons included 2,500 degraded chemical rockets contaminated with mustard gas.
Despite this evidence, the State Department said they did not believe these weapons could effectively be used for warfare by ISIS at this time.
“We do not believe that the complex contains [chemical weapons] materials of military value, and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
Muthanna is not the only place ISIS could have gotten chemical weapons. They may have obtained them through Syrian connections or even made them themselves.
Though it’s a terrifying thought to think of ISIS using chemical weapons, experts are trying to remind the publicly that the conventional weapons we know they have are just as deadly.
“The only difference is how the world and international media reacts to chemical weapons with shock and outrage, while stories of greater damage with conventional weapons have become so common that their usage is no longer considered ‘news,'” said terrorism expert Ryan Mauro.
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H/T: Fox News