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Syria Crisis: ‘Chemical Weapons use a Big Mistake, Hizbollah told Iran’

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The Hizbollah figure said that Mr Assad had ‘lost his nerve’, according to the briefing

A briefing for German politicians by the head of the country’s intelligence service Gerhard Schindler said that a telephone intercept had identified the chemical used as sarin, according to Spiegel. A doctor had described patient symptoms that pointed to sarin exposure, the report said.

The briefing on Monday also referred to an intercept of a call between a high-ranking representative of Hizbollah and the Iranian embassy. In it, the Hizbollah representative said that poison gas had been used, and that Mr Assad’s order to attack with chemical weapons had been a big mistake.

The Hizbollah figure said that Mr Assad had ‘lost his nerve’, according to the briefing. The Lebanese militia have been staunch supporters of the Syrian government and have helped the Syrian army combat the rebels.

Mr Schindler told German MPs that only Mr Assad’s regime was capable of manufacturing and deploying chemical weapons.

The intelligence service chief said there had been previous chemical weapons attacks before the latest, on August 21, which the US says killed at least 1,400 people. In previous attacks a heavily diluted gas mixture was used, Mr Schindler said, which resulted in fewer fatalities.

According to the report, Mr Schindler presented various scenarios, to explain why the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. The intelligence chief said that Mr Assad sees himself in a ‘final battle’ for the capital Damascus, which is besieged by rebels. It was possible that the regime had ordered a limited poison gas attack on the rebels, as had taken place before. Mr Schindler suggested that there may have been a miscalculation in the mixing of the gas, and more poison was used than intended.

Jeevan Vasagar is Berlin correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.

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Jeevan Vasagar, Berlin

Sept 03, 2013

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