State Department: No Chemical Weapons Used in Syria


The State Department pushed back against a report that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people in late December.

“At the time we looked into the  allegations that were made and the information that we had received and we found no credible information to corroborate or to confirm that chemical weapons were used,” spokesperson Victoria Nuland said during a Wednesday State Department brief.

Nuland used the opportunity to dismiss an article that appeared in Foreign Policy that claims a leaked State Department cable proved chemical weapons had been used in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

“With regard to the way Foreign Policy reported this, without getting into classified cables, that report from Foreign Policy did not  convey the anecdotal information that we had received from a third party regarding an alleged incident in Syria in December,” she said.