Is ISIS Using Chemical Weapons In Syrian Town of Kobane?

Derek Hunter Contributor
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President Barack Obama almost bombed Syria two years ago for using chemical weapons against its civilians. The President balked back then and a deal was struck with the regime of Bashir al-Assad to destroy Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons.

There has been no accounting for all of Syria’s weapons, and experts long feared some of them would fall into the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists as they marched across eastern Syria. Reports are now suggesting that fear has been realized.

The reports are preliminary, but BBC reporter Güney Yıldız has sources in the Syrian town of Kobane, along the Turkish border, telling him ISIS has launched a chemical weapons attack against the Kurds defending the city.

Obama has steadfastly ruled out U.S. “boots on the ground” in the limited action he’s authorized against ISIS thus far, but if this preliminary reporting turns out to be true, pressure will mount to reconsider.