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Wed Mar 5, 2014, 03:01 PM

UN: Chemical weapons used in Syria appear to come from army stockpile

Chemical weapons used in two incidents in Syria last year appear to come from the stockpiles of the Syrian military, United Nations human rights investigators said on Wednesday in a report that went beyond previous findings.

The team of independent experts, led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, said that so far they had confirmed the deadly nerve agent sarin was used in three incidents: the Damascus suburb of al-Ghouta on August 21, in Khan al-Assal near Aleppo in March 2013 and in Saraqeb near the northern town of Idlib last April. The first two attacks bore "the same unique hallmarks", according to the team of some two dozen investigators who include a military advisor.

"The evidence available concerning the nature, quality and quantity of the agents used on 21 August indicated that the perpetrators likely had access to the chemical weapons stockpile of the Syrian military, as well as the expertise and equipment necessary to manipulate safely large amount of chemical agents," the U.N. investigators said in the report.

The Syrian government and the opposition have accused each other of using chemical weapons, banned under international law, and both have denied it.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/05/us-syria-crisis-chemical-idUSBREA240SF20140305

Not really a surprise but good information to know. It was the global reaction to the al-Ghouta attack last August that led to the agreement to destroy all of Syria's chemical weapons.

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dipsydoodle Mar 2014 #1
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Response to pampango (Original post)

Wed Mar 5, 2014, 03:11 PM

1. Yes - whatever.

The outcome was good - the agreement to destroy all of Syria's chemical weapons.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 5, 2014, 03:16 PM

3. The truth matters

 

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 5, 2014, 03:24 PM

4. Not too long ago, it would have been important to liberals to determine

who used chemical weapons.

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Response to pampango (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 5, 2014, 03:24 PM

5. it was, it was just that a few were determined to protect Assad's honor and reputation nt

 

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Wed Mar 5, 2014, 03:12 PM

2. but Russia Today and the Putinistas at DU told us it was

 

the rebels?!?!?!

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