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Head of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Hakan Fidan disclosed that two cargos of the poisonous Sarin gas which had been smuggled from Libya to his country have continued their path to Georgia and Bulgaria.


“Fidan made the disclosure at a security meeting attended by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 9,” a member of the Turkish security community told FNA on the condition of anonymity.

“During the meeting, Erdogan asked Fidan to immediately follow up on the case of the sarin gas cargos transferred from Libya to Turkey.”

“But, Fidan said that the two sarin gas cargos have already been transferred to Georgia and Bulgaria from Turkey making Erdogan confused,” the source added.

“Then, the Prime Minister asked Fidan to collect all the relevant information to be given to Russia and the European Union,” he continued.

According to the source, the Turkish prime minister has warned his security and intelligence bodies at the meeting that any use of these chemicals would be more tragic for Turkey than causing problem for other countries.

On May 30, Turkish media reported that the country’s security forces had confiscated two kilograms of sarin in addition to artillery from raids at the homes of 12 members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front. The raids occurred in Adana, a southern city situated 93 miles (150 km) from the Syrian border.

Reports further suggested that the group were planning an attack on the city of Adana itself.

The arrests occurred just weeks after 52 people were killed and hundreds were injured during car bomb attacks in Reyhanli on May 11.

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov in a press conference in Moscow on May 31 urged Ankara to investigate the arrests and unveil the details.

Sarin is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN Resolution 687. When providing information to Swiss TV on May 5, Carla Del Ponte stated that a report by the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on chemical weapons in Syria indicated that foreign-aided Syrian opposition had used the agent.