Leaked Iranian letter warned US that Syrian rebels have chemical weapons – Yahoo! News
By Scott Peterson
As a primary backer of the Syrian government, Iran has argued vehemently against US airstrikes, warned that sectarian “fire” will spread, and that jihadi rebels may have been behind the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that US officials say killed more than 1,400 people near Damascus.
According to leaked diplomatic correspondence, Iran has been warning Washington since July 2012 that Sunni rebel fighters have acquired chemical weapons, and called on the US to send “an immediate and serious warning” to rebel groups not to use them.
In a letter acquired by The Christian Science Monitor that was sent sometime in the spring, Iran told American officials that, as a “supporter” of the rebels, the US would be held responsible for any rebel use of chemical weapons.
Iran amplified those year-old warnings over the weekend in its strongest public comments to date linking the rebels with a chemical weapons, echoing Russia’s dismissal of American assurances that President Bahar al-Assad’s forces were to blame. The comments come as the US Congress prepares to vote on military strikes.