Time for another Obama victory lap.
Isis has succeeded in making and deploying chemical agents in the Middle East, a US intelligence official has said.
Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said “sulphur mustard” has been used in an alleged Isis attack in Syria and there are “numerous allegations” of Isis’ use of chemical weapons in both countries, while speaking on Capitol Hill before the Senate Armed Services on Tuesday.
In a report accompanying his testimony Mr Clapper states: “We asses that non-state actors in the region are… using chemicals as a means of warfare.”
He said an investigation “into an alleged [Isis] attack in Syria in August” concluded “at least two people were exposed to [the blister agent] sulphur mustard.
“We continue to track numerous allegations of [Isis’] use of chemicals in attacks in Iraq and Syria.”
Mr Clapper is quoted by Fox News as saying this is the first time an extremist group has produced and used a “chemical warfare agent in an attack since Aum Shrinrikyo used sarin in Japan in 1995,” referring to a subway attack in Tokyo that year.
Mr Clapper made the revelations amid an annual assessment of threats facing the US, which ranged from cyber security to drugs.
In the assessment, dubbed a “litany of doom” by Mr Clapper, he described Isis as “the pre-eminent global terrorist threat,” adding the group’s “estimated strength worldwide exceeds that of al-Qaida.”
Maybe Obama can visit another radical Islamist mosque and lecture Americans about being Islamophobic or something.