US lists French ‘chemical arms expert’ as IS terrorist


The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a Frenchman it accuses of helping the Islamic State group deploy chemical weapons on the Syrian battlefield.

A statement from the State Department identified the suspect as Joe Asperman and said he had been listed as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist.”

“French national Joe Asperman is a senior chemical weapons expert for ISIS,” the statement said. Read more.