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  • Did the rebels launch sarin gas Attack?

    09/02/2013 6:38:03 AM PDT · by Red Statements · 27 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Sept 21st, 2013 | Steven H Ahle
    When you add two even numbers and your answer is an odd number, you have to suspect you are wrong. When you conclude the Syrian government launched the sarin gas attack, you get an odd number, you have to wonder why the answer is also odd. Carla Del Ponte., speaking of the first gas attack, told the UN that her investigation revealed concrete suspicions that the rebels had actually launched the attack. “ "Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are...
  • U.S. Will ‘Shortly’ Be Arming Syrian Rebels: Key Senator

    05/07/2013 7:49:53 AM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 7, 2013 | Oliver Knox
    The United States will "shortly" begin arming Syrian rebels, looking to boost moderate factions over al Qaida-affiliated extremists whose rise would be a national security "nightmare," the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told CBS News on Tuesday.
  • Who Are the War Criminals in Syria?

    05/07/2013 9:44:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    Last week, several polls came out assessing U.S. public opinion on intervention in Syria. According to the Huffington Post poll, Americans oppose U.S. air strikes on Syria by 3-to-1. They oppose sending arms to the rebels by 4-to-1. They oppose putting U.S. ground troops into Syria by 14-to-1. Democrats, Republicans and independents are all against getting involved in that civil war that has produced 1.2 million refugees and 70,000 dead. A CBS/New York Times poll found that by 62-to-24 Americans want to stay out of the Syrian war. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that by 61-to-10 Americans oppose any U.S. intervention....
  • Russia, China Urge Respect Of Syrian Sovereignty...

    05/06/2013 6:46:09 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | May 6, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    [Actual title: Russia, China Urge Respect Of Syrian Sovereignty As UN Finds Only Syrian Rebels Used Chemical Weapon] Following this weekend's explosive escalation in Syria, the big unknown was how Russia and China would respond: the two countries have long been known to be opposed to the US-Israel axis' involvement and intervention in Syria, although they have so far kept their involvement to a minimum. Today we get the answer: "Russia said on Monday it was concerned the chances of foreign military intervention in Syria were growing following reports of Israeli air strikes around Damascus which were a source of...
  • Syria strike due in days, West tells opposition: sources

    08/27/2013 6:39:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | AMMAN | Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:34am EDT | (Reporting by Khaled Oweis, Writing by William Maclean; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
    U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by an apparent gas attack are being treated, in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, August 26, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Abo Alnour Alhaji AMMAN | Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:34am EDTAMMAN (Reuters) - Western powers told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad's forces within days, according to sources who attended a meeting between envoys and the Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul."The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could come as early...
  • Has Assad's SON dared America to invade Syria on his Facebook account?

    08/30/2013 9:19:26 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 30 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | August 30, 2013 | Shari Miller
    The 11-year-old son of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has apparently dared the United States to launch an attack, in a Facebook taunt that has been 'liked' by the children and grandchildren of other senior Syrian officials. 'I just want them to attack sooo much, because I want them to make this huge mistake of beginning something that they don’t know the end of it,' stated the post on an account said to belong to Hafez al-Assad. The comments were posted in response to moves by the US to launch a strike in response to a chemical weapons attack on August...
  • US strike on Syria would be illegal 'act of war'

    08/28/2013 7:53:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 27, 2013 | Alastair Crooke
    The Obama administration is right to be caution about US intervention in Syria. For the US to launch a military strike without UN Security Council sanction would constitute an illegal 'act of war' against a sovereign state. (The Kosovo precedent cannot make an illegal act legal). Awkwardly, reality is rather different: There has been absolutely no evidence published to support the allegation that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were responsible for this latest, or any other gas attack in Syria. Unwelcome as it may be to certain European and regional governments, who have been cheerleading the case for American intervention, neither...
  • Eyewitness evidence proves poisonous gas was used near Damascus by paramilitaries (May incident)

    08/28/2013 7:53:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 8-28-13 | Tass
    CAIRO, August 28 (Itar-Tass) - Evidence provided by eyewitnesses and people who suffered from a poisonous gas attack in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus obviously points to the fact that the neuro-paralytic gas sarin was used there by the paramilitaries of Syria’s irreconcilable opposition, Carla del Ponte, the former chief prosecutor of UN international criminal tribunals said in an interview with Swiss television Wednesday. Her words were cited by Surya al-Aan news portal.
  • Video: White House “highly skeptical” of UN’s finding that Syrian rebels, not Assad, used ...

    05/06/2013 8:18:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:41 pm on May 6, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via Greg Hengler. Like former NYT chief Bill Keller, I can’t see any pitfalls ahead from the White House being at odds with the UN on WMD while it plans war against a Middle Eastern regime. Further to Ed’s post this morning, here’s a crafty theory I saw floated somewhere on Twitter last night to possibly explain why the rebels, rather than Assad, are suddenly tossing chemical weapons at their enemies: What if an Assad ally, like Iran or Russia, gave it to them? The longer the war drags on, the greater the risk of western intervention; if, like Moscow...
  • Kerry makes emotional plea for intervention in Syria

    08/30/2013 11:54:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/30/13 | Neil Munro
    White House officials ratcheted up the rhetoric to unprecedented levels Friday as they try to rally international and public support for an airstrike in Syria, following rebuffs by friendly foreign governments and polls showing public skepticism over any intervention. But Secretary of State John Kerry also hinted that the potential strike may be postponed for some time. “President Obama will ensure that the United States of America makes our own decisions on our own timelines, based on our values and our interests,” he said. The statement mixed calls for international solidarity with declarations that the U.S. would decide its own...
  • Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war

    08/30/2013 5:39:00 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-29-2013 | Kenneth Timmerman
    The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war. According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israel’s famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report. The doctored report...
  • Kerry: The UN can’t do anything, so we’ll go it alone

    08/30/2013 1:34:50 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 30, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Old and busted, John Kerry edition: Protecting America against terrorism requires us to pass a “global test” to prove that the threat really exists: "No president, though all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America. But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you’re doing what you’re doing and you can prove to the world that you...
  • American-Led Strike in Syria Risks Return to Reckless Cowboy Era

    08/30/2013 12:46:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    08/30/2013
    American-Led Strike in Syria Risks Return to Reckless Cowboy Era (Huffington Post article. I asked for and received Jim Rob's approval before posting)
  • THE GLENN BECK RADIO PROGRAM, Live 9am-Noon weekdays ET, Aug 30, 2013, Friday

    08/30/2013 5:51:30 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 10 replies
    www.GlennBeck.com ^ | Aug 30, 2013, Friday | Glenn Beck
    Listen To Glenn Beck Now, on The Blaze Radio Network on www.iheart.com . Truth Lives Here Known for his quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality, Glenn Beck has attracted millions of viewers and listeners throughout the United States with The Glenn Beck Program. His radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, is heard on over 400 stations and is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. It is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54. Looking for audio and video from the radio program? If you’re a TheBlaze TV Subscriber you can access all your...
  • Obama Plans to Lob Missiles Into Syria: Dithering Narcissist, Talented Phony or Both?

    08/30/2013 10:38:17 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 26 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-30-2013 | MOTUS
    Some have suggested that we have a non-serious man in charge, in a world as serious as a heart attack. Others claim that BO is a reckless narcissist, seeking to “vindicate the vanity of the President.” Who are you calling non-serious? Do you see this gun?Actually both allegations were made by Dr. Charles Krauthammer (political commentator and psychiatrist, so qualified to make such assertions): Into his third year of dithering, two years after declaring Assad had to go, one year after drawing — then erasing — his own red line on chemical weapons, Barack Obama has been stirred to action.Or...
  • Syria Is the Quintessential Obama War

    08/30/2013 11:27:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/29/13 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    During the NATO intervention in Libya, to date perhaps the great success of Obama's foreign policy, senior White House officials went so far as to suggest that the logic that led the president to intervene in order to protect the citizens of Benghazi from slaughter might be expanded into a broader principle: the Obama doctrine, they called it. The Obama doctrine had two basic components — imminence and collaboration. America ought to intervene militarily when it could prevent the imminent slaughter of civilians, the doctrine said, but it would not do so unless it could secure the collaboration of a...
  • John Kerry Sure Made It Sound Like the U.S. Is Going to Bomb Syria

    08/30/2013 11:23:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/30/2013 | Joe Coscarelli
    "My friends, it matters here if nothing is done. It matters if the world speaks out in condemnation and then nothing happens," said Secretary of State John Kerry in a speech this afternoon. "Just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about." As Kerry called Bashar al-Assad "a thug and a murderer," the White House said in an intelligence report that it has "high confidence" the Syrian government was responsible for chemical-weapons attacks on civilians. "This is common sense. This is evidence. These are facts," said Kerry, calling the proof "clear" and "compelling." "So the primary question is really...
  • Americans Would Rather Get a Root Canal or a Colonoscopy than Launch War Against Syria

    08/27/2013 5:44:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 26, 2013
    We noted last month than Congress is less popular than North Korea, cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, BP during the Gulf oil spill, Nixon during Watergate or King George during the American Revolution. The Washington Post notes today that a Syria intervention is less popular than Congress. So that means that the American people would much rather get a root canal or a colonoscopy than bomb Syria. Indeed, while John Kerry announced today that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, Reuters noted: The polls suggest that so far, the growing crisis in...
  • Israel, Lone Light in a Dark Region

    08/30/2013 7:54:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 30, 2013 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Israel, Lone Light in a Dark RegionPosted By P. David Hornik On August 30, 2013 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments As the Obama administration keeps weighing whether and how to act in Syria, one wonders if Israel is looking good—or at least better—to the administration these days. Seemingly, if there was ever a time, now would be the time to start taking note of Israel’s strengths in a bad region.1. Some ways in which Israel differs from other countries of the region.No chemical-weapons attacks. In the Middle East this can...
  • Democrat Menendez introduces bill in Senate to arm Syria opposition

    05/06/2013 7:22:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 6, 2013
    A top Senate Democrat nudged the Obama administration to provide weapons to the Syrian opposition, introducing a bill Monday that would explicitly allow the U.S. to provide arms, military training and non-lethal aid to the rebels. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the legislation on the heels of U.S. intelligence claims that chemical weapons likely were used in the country. "The Assad regime has crossed a red line that forces us to consider all options," Menendez said in a written statement. "The greatest humanitarian crisis in the world is unfolding in and...
  • Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Barack Obama (Surprisingly) Is Not the Biggest Spender of All

    08/30/2013 6:01:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I got involved in a bit of a controversy last year about presidential profligacy. Some guy named Rex Nutting put together some data on government spending and claimed that Barack Obama was the most frugal President in recent history. I pointed out that Mr. Nutting’s data left something to be desired because he didn’t adjust the numbers for inflation. Moreover, most analysts also would remove interest spending from the calculations since Presidents presumably shouldn’t be held responsible for servicing the debt incurred by their predecessors. But even when you make these adjustments and measure inflation-adjusted “primary spending,” it turns out that Nutting’s...
  • Obama presidency fulfills doomsday prophecy in the Bible?

    08/30/2013 9:53:53 AM PDT · by usalady · 98 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 30, 2013 | Martha
    The announcement that archaeologists have uncovered 2,700-year-old- ruins which are described in Isaiah 9:10 lends credence to the story that was published in “The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America’s Future.” According to WND the find was announced at the end of the first excavation season at Ashdod-Yam in the contemporary coastal city of Ashdod, just south of Tel Aviv. Christians in America became more aware of Isaiah 9:10 in the Bible when The Harbinger was released in January 2012 and followed by “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” documentary.
  • UN official: Syria aims heavy weapons at UN staff

    06/07/2012 9:03:16 PM PDT · by bd476 · 53 replies
    Excerpted Associated Press via Google ^ | June 7, 2012 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that U.N. patrols in Syria are being deliberately targeted with heavy weapons and armor-piercing ammunition. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because Thursday's council meeting was private, said Ban also reported repeated instances of firing close to U.N. patrols, apparently to force them to withdraw. The official said Ban listed several incidents, including one in a town near Homs, where a heavy weapon round landed 150 meters (yards) from a patrol that was going to meet an opposition contact. Later, the patrol...
  • Evidence: Syrian Rebels used Chemical Weapons (not Assad)

    08/27/2013 5:39:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | August 27, 2013 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    Recent news of a chemical weapons attack in Syria smacks of desperation. The question comes down to who is most desperate right now, the Assad regime or the Muslim Brotherhood rebels? Consider that since June, Assad’s forces have been winning. According to a CBS News report from last month, victories for the rebels had become “increasingly rare” and that the Muslim Brotherhood-backed opposition fighters were sustaining “some of their heaviest losses” near Damascus. The New York Times echoed this sentiment, even saying that before gaining the upper hand, concerns were that Assad would use chemical weapons; he did not. In...
  • VIDEO Evidence: Syrian Rebels used Chemical Weapons (not Assad) & Why

    08/28/2013 9:36:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Reclaim Our Republic ^ | August 28, 2013
    >CONFIRMS several recent posts on this blog-Nazis and Muslim Brotherhood compared-UN Panel implicates Syrian Rebels in Chemical weapons attacks-Alarming Footage: Syrian Rebels Used Chemical Weapons-History Repeats: CIA Docs Reveal US Aided SaddamÂ’s Chemical Attacks-Obama Busted Funding Secret Jihad Takeover August 27, 2013 By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack Recent news of a chemical weapons attack in Syria smacks of desperation. The question comes down to who is most desperate right now, the Assad regime or the Muslim Brotherhood rebels? Consider that since June, AssadÂ’s forces have been winning. According to a CBS News report from last month, victories for the...
  • Evidence Points to Use of Chemical Weapons by Assad Regime

    08/28/2013 11:36:09 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 16 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 8/28/2013 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Is the President of the United States certain chemical weapons were used to kill innocent civilians in Damascus last week, and is he certain that the Assad regime was, in fact, responsible for the attack? Is the evidence clear and compelling? Will such evidence stand up in the court of public opinion? The U.S. administration thinks so, and will make the evidence public soon. We are told such evidence will include: Intercepted telephone calls between Assad regime officials and military leaders discussing the chemical attack, picked up by U.S. intelligence. Intercepted communications from the Syrian military picked up by Israeli...
  • UN notes 'concrete suspicions' that Syrian rebels used chemical weapons

    05/06/2013 10:28:39 PM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    RT.com ^ | 6 May 2013 | Zaid Rev
    UN human rights investigators have spoken to the victims of Syria’s civil war and gathered medical testimonies which point to the Syrian rebels having used sarin nerve gas, while any allegations of its use by the government remain unsubstantiated. The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has concluded that no evidence of the use of sarin by Syria’s government troops has so far been uncovered, said the lead commission member Carla Del Ponte on Sunday.In an interview to Swiss-Italian television, Del Ponte revealed that the "investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and,...
  • Syrian Rebels and Chemical Weapons

    05/07/2013 5:21:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 7, 2013 | Walid and Theodore Shoebat
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Syrian Rebels and Chemical WeaponsPosted By Walid and Theodore Shoebat On May 7, 2013 @ 12:54 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Last month, Frontpagemag.com courageously and despite all the media hype was one of the first to publish our detailed findings from Arabic sources which demonstrated that it was the Syrian Islamist rebels and not the Syrian regime who used chemical weapons.While our findings went against the tide and few believed them, the major media trumpeted the sounds of war claiming that it was the Syrian regime that used chemical weapons against...
  • "Proof" Assad Used Chemical Weapons Is One Hundred YouTube Clips: Full Report Attached

    08/30/2013 11:07:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 30, 2013
    Below is the government's assessment of the "Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013." It is exactly as expected, putting the full blame on Assad. What however is absolutely mindblowing is the following: "We have identified one hundred videos attributed to the attack, many of which show large numbers of bodies exhibiting physical signs consistent with, but not unique to, nerve agent exposure. The reported symptoms of victims included unconsciousness, foaming from the nose and mouth, constricted pupils, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing. Several of the videos show what appear to be numerous fatalities with no visible...
  • Al-Assad 'Not So Stupid' As to Use Chemical Weapons: Kurdish Leader

    08/27/2013 3:52:57 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    AINA ^ | 8-27-2013
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be "so stupid" as to use chemical weapons close to Damascus, the leader of the country's largest Kurdish group said. Saleh Muslim, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), said he doubted the Syrian president would resort to using such weapons when he felt he had the upper hand in the country's civil war. He suggested last Wednesday's attack, which the opposition says was carried out by government forces and killed hundreds of people, was aimed at framing Assad and provoking an international reaction. Assad has denied his forces used chemical weapons. "The...
  • Is It Possible The Syrian Rebels (Not Assad) Used Chemical Weapons?

    08/30/2013 12:13:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | August 27, 2013 | EYDER PERALTA
    As it lays the groundwork for a potential military strike against Syria, the Obama administration says it is all but certain that President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people last week. Secretary of State John Kerry made the case Monday. "We know that the Syrian regime maintains custody of these chemical weapons," Kerry said. "We know that the Syrian regime has the capacity to do this with rockets. We know that the regime has been determined to clear the opposition from those very places where the attacks took place. And with our own eyes, we have all...
  • Syrian government claims it found chemical weapons in rebel tunnels

    08/24/2013 4:44:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 34 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | August 24, 2013
    The Syrian government said it has discovered chemical agents in tunnels in Damascus after the killing of hundreds of Syrians in a suspected chemical weapons attack. Syrian state television said government soldiers found chemical agents in rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar on Saturday and some of the troops were suffocating. "Army heroes are entering the tunnels of the terrorists and saw chemical agents," state television quoted a source as saying. "In some cases, soldiers are suffocating while entering Jobar." "Ambulances came to rescue the people who were suffocating in Jobar," the broadcaster said, adding that an army...
  • UN accuses Syrian rebels of carrying out sarin gas attacks (was) blamed on Assad's troops. [May 2013

    08/27/2013 5:18:48 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 31 replies
    Dailymail ^ | May 6, 2013 | UPDATED: 01:31 EST, May 7, 2013 | Damien Gayle and Mail Foreign Service
    A senior United Nations official has claimed that Syrian rebels may have used chemical weapons against government forces. Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals, and there are strong, concrete suspicions of the use of sarin gas, ‘This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities.’
  • President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria

    06/15/2013 9:41:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 June 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    By authorizing the arming of Syrian rebels known to be led by members of al-Qaeda, is Obama violating the National Defense Authorization Act? President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria The New American 14 June 2013 President Obama has given the green light to the shipping of weapons from the United States to opposition forces in Syria. In a statement released by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, the White House claims that “our intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin.” The Syrian...
  • Syrian rebels shoot down regime helicopter in east

    05/06/2013 4:42:42 AM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 5 replies
    WFAA ^ | May 6, 2013 | Associated Press
    From the article: In Geneva, former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said a U.N. commission has indications that Syrian rebel forces used nerve agent sarin as a weapon in their fight against Assad's regime — but no evidence that government forces also used sarin as a chemical weapon.
  • UN Official, Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Nerve Gas, Not Assad’s Army (May 2013 story)

    Testimony from victims now strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin Nerve Gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior UN diplomat said Monday. Carla del Ponte, a member of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent. But she said her panel had not yet seen any evidence of Syrian government forces using chemical weapons (CW), according to the BBC, she added...
  • [Jan 30, 13] US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Rep

    08/24/2013 8:40:29 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 33 replies
    London, Jan 30 (ANI): The Obama administration gave green signal to a chemical weapons attack plan in Syria that could be blamed on President Bashar al Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country, leaked documents have shown. A new report, that contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence, showed a scheme 'approved by Washington'. As per the scheme 'Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons,' the Daily Mail reports.
  • Live Thread: Syria Crisis Continuous Updates

    08/28/2013 7:06:18 AM PDT · by kristinn · 934 replies
    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | Kristinn
    As the war drums for Syria get louder, let this thread serve as a repository for news, background, Tweets, photos, video, on-the-ground reports, etc., as was done recently with Egypt.
  • Syria crisis: UN's del Ponte says evidence rebels 'used sarin'

    05/06/2013 5:30:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | May 6, 2013 | Not attributed to an author
    Testimony from victims of the Syrian conflict suggests rebels have used the nerve agent sarin, according to a leading United Nations investigator. Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof". However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons. Syria has recently come under growing Western pressure over the alleged use of such weapons. Ms del Ponte, who serves on the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said in an interview with Swiss-Italian TV: "Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims,...
  • U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator

    05/06/2013 5:12:15 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    (Reuters) - U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.
  • Karadzic arrest expected today

    06/29/2004 6:55:38 PM PDT · by Jane_N · 64 replies · 387+ views
    News.com.au ^ | June 30, 2004 | By Edith M. Lederer
    THE chief UN war crimes prosecutor for former Yugoslavia said she expects Bosnian Serb wartime political leader Radovan Karadzic to be handed over for prosecution by today. Carla del Ponte refused to disclose the basis for her optimism that Karadzic, who has been in hiding for nearly a decade, will be arrested by the end of the month. "I'm still thinking that somebody is looking for Karadzic very hard, and that he will be arrested very soon," she said. "Of course I have (information). But you all understand that I cannot tell it now publicly. Let's obtain the arrest of...
  • The Milosevic trial is a travesty

    02/11/2004 8:58:33 PM PST · by Int · 46 replies · 1,319+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday February 12, 2004 | Neil Clark
    The Milosevic trial is a travesty Political necessity dictates that the former Yugoslavian leader will be found guilty - even if the evidence doesn't Neil ClarkThursday February 12, 2004 It is two years today that the trial of Slobodan Milosevic opened at The Hague. The chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, was triumphant as she announced the 66 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity and genocide that the former Yugoslavian president was charged with. CNN was among those who called it "the most important trial since Nuremburg" as the prosecution outlined the "crimes of medieval savagery" allegedly committed by...
  • Serbia Minister: U.N. Lawyer Incompetent

    12/29/2002 10:25:02 PM PST · by kosta50 · 33 replies · 265+ views
    BBC ^ | Dec 29, 2002 | Misha Savic
    BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - Serbia's justice minister has demanded the top U.N. war crimes prosecutor resign, accusing her in an open letter Sunday of being biased against Serbs. Justice Minister Vladan Batic said Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte has indicted only Serbs in her investigation of the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo despite "abundant proof" that ethnic Albanians also committed atrocities. Del Ponte "must apply same standards for all potential suspects, regardless of their ethnicity," Batic said in the public letter. "It would be fair that you to resign. Somebody else in your place would ensure that justice be served and that Serb...
  • US demands jeopardise Milosevic's war trial

    06/11/2002 5:06:25 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 21 replies · 248+ views
    Financial Times ^ | June 11 2002 | Carola Hoyos
    US demands jeopardise Milosevic's war trial By Carola Hoyos, United Nations correspondentPublished: June 11 2002 21:15 | Last Updated: June 11 2002 21:15The US is jeopardising the testimony of some of the most important witnesses expected to be called in the international trial of Slobodan Milosevic, the former Serbian president accused of war crimes.Diplomats and US officials say the US State Department is pushing to have the court keep secret the testimony of Richard Holbrooke, the architect of the Bosnia's Dayton peace accords.The Bush administration is wary of setting any precedent of senior US officials testifying before international courts ahead...