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ISIS militants captured a stockpile of chemical weapons during an attack in Syria on Wednesday in which a number of al-Nusra jihadists and members of pseudo-humanitarian organisation the White Helmets were killed.
Russian military spokesman Major General Vladimir Savchenko accused Western countries of helping the jihadist terror group acquire chemical weapons following the attack.
He explained that the battle, which happened near the village of Ltamenah on October 9, saw Isis-affiliated jihadists raid a Syrian command centre of a group linked to al-Qaida.
During the battle four members of al-Nusra were reported to have been killed along with two members of the White Helmets who were operating alongside the extremists.
Isis fighters took two canisters filled with chlorine following the skirmish which the Russian Defence Ministry said were transported to southern Syria.
Mr Savchenko slammed the “irresponsible actions” of Western governments including Britain and the US for allowing the chlorine canisters to fall into the hands of terrorists.
Western governments have consistently accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons against his own people.
Despite no independent evidence, Britain, France and the US launched a deadly missile attack after an alleged chemical attack in Ghouta in July.
However the case quickly fell apart with allegations that the White Helmets had staged the attack to justify military intervention to topple Mr Assad.
The claims were supported by veteran journalist Robert Fisk who reported from the ground soon after the alleged attack.
Mr Assad has retaken control of large parts of Syria from Isis and al-Nusra-affiliated terror groups. Operations are underway to drive the jihadists from their last stronghold of Idlib.
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