Last June, Syrian special troops used chemical weapons against the Black African population of Darfur. This action, which resulted in the death of dozens of people, took place with the agreement of the Government of Sudan. This is the conclusion of western intelligence services. It is substantiated by eyewitnesses, whose accounts have been published in various Arabic publications.
According to the documentation of western news agencies, of Die Welt is in possession, Syrian officers met with representatives of the Sudanese Army in May of this year in a suburb of Khartoum. During these talks, they discussed how to expand military cooperation. According to information from intelligence sources, the Syrian delegation offered to cooperate more closely with Sudan in the field of chemical warfare. It was proposed, the sources furthermore stated, to investigate the effect of chemical weapons on the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). As Khartoum was engaged in peace negotiations with the Rebels [presumably the SPLA] in May, the Sudanese delegation apparently advised testing the chemical material on the Black African population [presumably in Darfur, as opposed to Southern Sudan]. The Syrian civil airline, Syrian Arab Airlines, made at least five flights from Damascus to Khartoum. On board were specialists of the Syrian military college, together with technical equipment.
It can’t be established precisely when the deployment of the weapons began in Darfur. One must say, on the Arab website Ilaf on the 2nd of August Sudanese eyewitnesses reported strange events in Khartoum’s Al-Fashr Hospital [Do they mean the hospital is in Khartoum, or, what is more likely, Al-Fashr, Darfur?]. In June, several dozen frozen corpses were said to have been suddenly brought to the hospital. They had strange wounds all over their bodies. After a short time, the Sudanese soldiers are said to have closed off a wing of the building. If one believes the witnesses, permission to enter the closed wing was given to to only one team of unidentified Syrian doctors. After some days, Sudanese troops had disposed of the bodies.
Military experts have been in possession of information for some time about cooperation between the Sudanese and the Syrians in the area of chemical weapon research. Furthermore there are recurring reports from Syrian opposition sources about chemical weapon tests on prisoners.