Reuters: U.S. denies hitting Islamic State poison gas depot with air strike
The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State on Thursday denied a Syrian army report it had carried out an air strike that had hit poison gas supplies belonging to IS and caused the deaths of hundreds of people.
A statement by the Syrian army, circulated by state media, said the alleged incident late on Wednesday in the eastern Deir al-Zor province proved that Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked militants "possess chemical weapons".
Syria and its ally Russia have both asserted that insurgents fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad have stocks of banned poison gas, seeking to pin the blame on the rebels for a chemical weapons attack that killed scores of people in northwest Syria on April 4.
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Update: US denies claim by Syrian army that coalition air strike hit Isis gas supplies releasing substance that 'killed hundreds' (The Independent)
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WNU Editor: That is a fast denial.