The director of the Central Intelligence Agency said Islamic State fighters in Syria have used chemical weapons.
John Brennan said there are a number of instances where the terrorist group has used “chemical munitions on the battlefield.” His comments were featured in excerpts from the television news show 60 Minutes. The full interview with Brennan will air Sunday on CBS.
Brennan told the news show the jihadist group has the capacity to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas.
The CIA director also warned that IS may be looking to sell the chemicals to the West. Brennan said “there’s always the potential for that.”
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons oversaw the removal and elimination of the chemical weapons of the of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government after a 2013 sarin attack outside Damascus that much of the international community blamed on the Assad’s government.
Since then, OPCW has warned that chemical warfare, banned under international law, has continued on both sides of the Syrian conflict.