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  • Nerve Agent Destruction Halted in Ind. After 500-Gallon Wastewater Spill

    10/29/2005 9:24:40 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 15 replies · 423+ views
    ap.tbo ^ | Oct 30, 2005 | AP
    NEWPORT, Ind. (AP) - Army contractors halted operations Saturday at a western Indiana complex built to destroy a deadly nerve agent after nearly 500 gallons of caustic wastewater spilled in a contained area. No workers were injured or exposed to the hydrolysate, a byproduct of the destruction of the agent, when it leaked onto the floor of a sealed area at the Newport Chemical Depot, depot spokesman Dennis Lindsey said. The facility was to be shut down until the spill was cleaned up and its cause determined, Lindsey said. The western Indiana facility destroys the Cold War-era chemical weapon VX...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the countryís civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded Ė without assessing responsibility Ė had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • Baghdad wakes up with an explosion (Clorine Gas Truck)

    02/20/2007 12:19:53 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 598+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 20 2007
    A truck carrying gas exploded near a restaurant just north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing five people and injuring over a hundred, including many women and children poisoned by gas released in the blast, police said. They initially said the truck was carrying liquid natural gas but later said it was chlorine gas. Five people were killed by the blast and around 138 hurt, many of them poisoned by the gas being transported on the truck, police said.
  • The Biggest Lie [VDH]

    10/21/2014 4:24:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/21/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Left would rather forget its old slogan, ďBush lied, thousands died.Ē The very mention of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and Iraq was toxic for Republicans by 2005. They wanted to forget about the supposed absence of recently manufactured WMD in great quantities in Iraq; Democrats saw Republican defensiveness as key to their recovery in 2006. By the time Obama was elected, the issue had been demagogued to death, was no longer of any political utility, and so vanished. So why all of a sudden is the New York Times strangely focused on old WMD stockpiles showing up in...
  • Deadly chemicals are found dumped in river

    04/05/2003 7:42:31 PM PST · by Prince Charles · 31 replies · 1,064+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | 4-5-03 | David Harrison
    Deadly chemicals are found dumped in river By David Harrison in Nasiriyah (Filed: 06/04/2003) Mustard gas and cyanide have been found in river water in the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, coalition forces said yesterday. The poisonous substances are believed to have been dumped in the Euphrates either by Iraqi soldiers fleeing from American troops or local factories that produced weapons of mass destruction. A spokesman for the United States marines, based just outside the city, described the quantities of chemical agents found as "significant" and claimed that it was further evidence that Saddam Hussein has produced weapons of mass destruction....
  • Chemical Weapons Revelations in the Middle East

    10/18/2014 11:03:18 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-17-2014 | Shoshana Bryen
    Two chemical weapons-related stories this week should be considered separate, not necessarily interchangeable, parts of a whole. The first was that ISIS had used chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in Kobani, raising the question of where ISIS would have acquired such weapons. †The second, in the New York Times, detailed how U.S. forces in Iraq uncovered thousands of shells filled with chemical munitions from various areas of the country following the invasion, and how they were stored and guarded until 2011. Those disinclined to support the Iraq War, including the Times, International Business Times, and Huffington Post, posit that the...
  • Iraq Did Have Old Chemical Weapons

    10/18/2014 7:58:54 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | October 18, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The New York Times reports that for more than a decade, American forces discovered and in several cases were injured by Chemical Weapons that were hidden or abandoned in Iraq years earlier. These Unmarked chemical weapons had been intermixed with conventional weapons in order to hide them from weapon inspectors. Not knowing the true nature of the unmarked ordnance made them an additional hazard, both as improvised explosive devices (IED) and for the explosive ordinance devices (EOD), to the personal sent to neutralize them. Secrecy Since the beginning of Iraqi Freedom, allied encounters with chemical weapons were kept secret and...
  • 'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

    10/17/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT · by dware · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.17.2014 | Paul Alster
    The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Husseinís 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragonís Egg.
  • FAS (Fed Am Scientist) Report: Iraqi Precursor Chemicals Stored Separately for Weapon-side Mixing

    06/04/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by HatSteel · 69 replies · 1,549+ views
    FAS.org ^ | Federation of American Scientists
    FAS | Nuke | Guide | Iraq | CW |||| Index | Search | Join FAS Chemical Weapons Programs Iraq started research into the production of chemical weapons agents in the 1970s and started batch production of agents in the early 1980s. At that stage, production was heavily reliant on the import of precursor chemicals from foreign suppliers. In 1982, early in the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqis used riot control agents to repel Iranian attacks. They progressed to the use of CW agents in mid-1983 with mustard, and in March 1984 with tabun (the first use ever of a nerve...
  • IRAQ REBUILDS SITES THAT MAKE NERVE-GAS INGREDIENTS

    08/19/2002 1:35:04 AM PDT · by kattracks · 64 replies · 1,166+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/19/02 | NILES LATHEM
    <p>Satellite pix show that three chemical facilities in Iraq - Fullujah I, II and III - wrecked in the 1991 Gulf War are back in business.</p> <p>August 19, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - These mysterious chemical factories northwest of Baghdad are a major reason the Bush administration thinks war with Iraq is inevitable.</p>
  • MUSTARD GAS IS FOUND IN IRAQ

    12/05/2002 1:03:17 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 153+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/05/02 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>December 5, 2002 -- U.N. weapons inspectors found mustard gas yesterday inside Iraqi artillery shells at a military complex north of Baghdad.</p> <p>The inspectors had already known the gas and shells were stored at the Muthanna military site but hadn't yet been destroyed when the previous inspection team left Iraq in 1998.</p>
  • The Secret U.S. Casualties of Iraqís Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    10/14/2014 8:07:35 PM PDT · by ironman · 126 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10/14/14 | C.&#8201;J. CHIVERS
    The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West. The New York Times found 17 American service members and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003. American officials said that the actual tally of exposed troops was slightly higher, but that the governmentís official count was classified. The secrecy fit a pattern. Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United...
  • Pentagon hid info on thousands of chemical weapons in Iraq for years

    10/15/2014 8:06:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/15/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This story is disturbing on multiple levels. It has been revealed that stockpiles of expired or degraded chemical munitions were discovered in Iraq during the initial years of the war and both American and Iraqi forces were exposed to them in more than twenty instances. This information was never revealed to the public. American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report. The New York...
  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 4:49:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 223 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 Oct 14 | Fox
    The New York Times...details U.S. forces in Iraq finding thousands of chemical weapons during the Iraq war. "From 2004 to 2011...troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Husseinís rule," "In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads
  • Gruesome photos may show ISIS using chemical weapons on Kurds, report says

    10/13/2014 1:22:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/13/2014 | Paul Alster
    <p>Disturbing new photos of ethnic Kurds killed by Islamic State fighters are stoking fears the terrorist army may be using chemical weapons seized from Saddam Husseinís old arsenals, according to a Middle East watchdog.</p> <p>The pictures, obtained by the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), show the bodies of Syrian Kurds who appear to have been gassed by ISIS in the besieged Kobani region this July. That fighting came just one month after Islamic State forces surged through the once-notorious Muthanna compound in Iraq, the massive base where Hussein began producing chemical weapons in the 1980s, which he used to kill thousands of Kurds in Halabja in northern Iraq in 1988.</p>
  • Surprise: ĎDisarmedí Assad regime has been hiding chemical weapons facilities

    10/08/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Guy Benson
    A quick update on the largely forgotten half of President Obama‚Äôs shambolic Syria policy. You‚Äôll recall, of course, the blown chemical weapons ‚Äúred line‚ÄĚ and the subsequent, humiliating Putin/Assad plan that accidentally became US policy due after John Kerry blundered into it. Kerry has since admitted that the entire proposition has collapsed, forcing the White House to publicly disagree with its own Secretary of State. Nevertheless, a loyal band of administration lackeys triumphantly cheered news of Syria‚Äôs alleged disarmament when it broke over the summer, after several missed deadlines. ‚ÄėNo Drama Obama‚Äô had done it again, they crowed, achieving...
  • IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas

    09/22/2014 8:20:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 85 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | Shwan Barzinji
    IS has used chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers News / World IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas 22.09.2014 Shwan BarzinjiBasNews, Erbil Iraqi Member of Parliament Ali al-Bredi has claimed that Islamic State (IS) militants are using Chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers in Fallujah. In a press conference on Monday, al-Bredi revealed that IS have killed 300 Iraqi soldiers with chlorine gas. He said that the militants deployed the gas in the Siqiliya area located of northern Fallujah, a city in Anbar province, about 70 km from the capital of Iraq, Baghdad. ďResponsibility for this lies with...
  • Destruction Of Syria Chemical Weapons Complete

    08/19/2014 9:12:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    SKY NEWS ^ | 08/19/2014
    The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile has been completed, Barack Obama has said. The US President welcomed the development, but said Washington would seek to ensure Damascus fulfils all its commitments. "Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile," he said. He added that the destruction, carried out aboard a US Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea, sent "a clear message that the use of these abhorrent weapons has consequences and will not be tolerated by the international community".
  • Russia demands investigation into claims chemical weapons were used in Ukraine amid frantic efforts

    06/30/2014 12:00:44 PM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 30 June 2014
    <p>Russia is demanding an investigation into the alleged use of Ďchemical weaponsí against separatists in the east of Ukraine as the two countries agreed to extend their ceasefire.</p> <p>Pro-separatist rebels have claimed that people showing symptoms of chlorine poisoning had been admitted to hospital following an alleged attack carried out by Ukrainian Special Forces near Slavyansk.</p>
  • Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons

    06/25/2014 7:07:40 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 25, 2014 12:52 PM | Sam LaGrone
    Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 25, 2014 12:48 PM Updated: June 25, 2014 12:52 PM The U.S. ship that was quickly put into service to neutralize Syrian chemical weapons has departed Rota, Spain to take on the arms at an Italian port, Pentagon officials announced on Wednesday. MV Cape Ray (T-AKR-9679) will take on the chemical weapons at Gioia Tauro and neutralize the weapons taken from the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as part of a deal ó negotiated by the United Nations ó that prevented U.S. retaliatory strikes...
  • SYRIA HANDS OVER LAST OF DECLARED CHEMICAL WEAPONS

    06/23/2014 6:02:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 6-23-2014
    AMSTERDAM (AP) ó The organization charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program says the last of the country's acknowledged stockpile has been handed over. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons director general Ahmet Uzumcu said Monday the final eight percent of the 1,300-ton stockpile has been loaded onto ships in the Syrian port of Latakia.
  • ISIS Reportedly Captured Saddamís Chemical Weapons Stockpiles, Attacks Key Refinery

    06/19/2014 4:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Well, hereís some lovely news emerging from the new Iraq. 17.09 Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Here is the CIAís file on the complex. QuoteStockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These areas of the compound pose a hazard to civilians and potential blackmarketers. Numerous bunkers, including eleven cruciform shaped bunkers were exploited. Some of the...
  • Did Saddam Have WMDs After All: ISIS Overruns Iraq Chemical Weapons 'Mega-Facility'

    06/19/2014 6:02:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 92 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/19/14 | Tyler Durden
    With all eyes firmly focused on what really matters (the oil refineries), The Telegraph reports that ISIS has over-run a Saddam Hussein-era chemical weapons (CW) complex. The al-Muhanna 'mega-facility', about 60 miles south of Baghdad, gives the jihadists access to disused stores of hundreds of tonnes of potentially deadly poisons including mustard gas and sarin. The US state department is 'concerned' but "do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value." However, as a former commander of Britain's chemical weapons regiment warned, "we have seen that ISIS has used chemicals in explosions in Iraq before and has...
  • Sunni Extremists in Iraq Occupy Saddam Hussein's Chemical Weapons Facility

    06/19/2014 1:00:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/19/2014 | By JULIAN E. BARNES
    Sunni extremists in Iraq have occupied what was once Saddam Hussein's premier chemical-weapons production facility, a complex that still contains a stockpile of old weapons, State Department and other U.S. government officials said. U.S. officials don't believe the Sunni militants will be able to create a functional chemical weapon from the material. The weapons stockpiled at the Al Muthanna complex are old, contaminated and hard to move, officials said. Nonetheless, the capture of the chemical-weapon stockpile by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, known as ISIS or ISIL, the militant group that is seizing territory in...
  • Sunni Extremists in Iraq Occupy Saddam's Chemical Weapons Facility

    06/19/2014 8:36:40 AM PDT · by don-o · 42 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 19, 2014 | Julian E. Barnes
    WashingtonóSunni extremists in Iraq have occupied what was once Saddam Hussein's premier chemical-weapons production facility, a complex that still contains a stockpile of old weapons, State Department and other U.S. government officials said. U.S. officials don't believe the Sunni militants will be able to create a functional chemical weapon from the material. The weapons stockpiled at the Al Muthanna complex are old, contaminated...
  • Iraq crisis: Isis jihadists 'seize Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons stockpile' - live

    06/19/2014 9:00:07 AM PDT · by don-o · 123 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 19, 2014 | Elahe Izadi
    16.52 The remaining chemical weapons from Saddam Hussein's regime are stored in two sealed bunkers, both located at the Al Muthanna Chemicals Weapons Complex, a large site in the western desert some 80km north west of Baghdad. This was the principal manufacturing plant for both chemical agents and munitions during Saddam Husseinís rule. Thousands of tonnes of chemical weapons were produced, stored and deployed by the Saddam Hussein regime. Iraq used these weapons during the Iran - Iraq War (1980 to 1988) and against the Kurds in Halabja in 1988.
  • Intel: Iran Sending Chlorine Bombs to Syria

    05/13/2014 11:33:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/13/14 | Adam Kredo
    Reports that Iran is sending chlorine bombs to Syria have prompted lawmakers to criticize the Obama administration for ignoring Iranís non-nuclear efforts to foster terrorism and discord across the Middle East. Western intelligence officials suspect that Iran has been sending Chinese-made chlorine gas to Syria in a bid to bolster President Bashar al-Assadís war against opposition forces. Iran reportedly has some 10,000 canisters of the deadly gas and has been shipping them by plane to Syria, according to the Telegraph. Human rights groups and Syrian opposition leaders have said there is ďstrong evidenceĒ that Assad has already used the chlorine...
  • Western Intelligence Suspects Assad Has a Secret Chemical Stockpile

    05/06/2014 11:33:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5/1/2014 | Noah Schatman and Christopher Dickey
    Concerns are growing among Western intelligence services that Syria still has a significant and undeclared arsenal of chemical weapons, including crude chlorine-filled bombs, secret stockpiles of sophisticated nerve gasses or their componentsóand the scientific know-how to rebuild a larger-scale, higher-grade chemical weapons effort once the Bashar al-Assad regime has escaped the international spotlight. ďA ghost of CW [chemical weapons] program in a place riven with conflictóthatís a real concern,Ē one American intelligence official tells The Daily Beast. But itís not the only worry. Within the U.S. intelligence community, thereís also lingering unease about the Assad regimeís biological weapons program that...
  • New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors

    04/21/2014 7:48:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 17 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 21, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syriaís chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days. On April 7, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaíalon offered chapter and verse to prove that the Syrian army had perpetrated a chemical attack on civilians in he town of Harasta on March 27, causing scores of serious injuries and...
  • CROSSING THE LINE? French Believe Assad Still Using Chemical Weapons.

    04/21/2014 5:39:36 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    French leaders announced that there are significant reasons to believe that Syrian forces continue to use chemical weapons on their own citizenry in its effort to crack down on opposition targets. Appearing on the Europe 1 radio show this weekend, French President Francois Hollande indicated his government had "a few elements of information" that government forces in Syria are behind recent chlorine gas attacks in at least three towns, although he stressed that at the moment concrete proof was still lacking. While French intelligence officials work to substantiate the claim, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabuis told the radio station that...
  • Syria: US, Turkey, Israel behind chemical weapons attacks

    04/15/2014 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 04.16.14, 01:06
    The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the United States, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the rebels fighting to overthrow it, of being responsible for chemical weapons attacks in the country, Syriaís state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. In letters to the UN Security Council as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Assad regime cited ďreports, studies and documented researchesĒ that allegedly implicate the US and Turkish administrations, as well as several other countries, ďwhether directly or indirectly in these appalling carnage in Syria, including Khad al-Assal on March 15, 2013.Ē Ö
  • Syria misses chemical weapons handover deadline

    02/05/2014 6:59:40 PM PST · by gooblah · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Anthony Duestch
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Syria on Wednesday missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.
  • White House to 'Make Sure' Syria Gives Up Chemical Arms - Washington Wire - WSJ

    02/02/2014 10:38:01 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 14 replies
    BLOGS.WSJ.COM ^ | 10:21 am Feb 2, 2014 | Adam Entous
    The White House said Sunday it would 'make sure' the Syrian regime complies with an accord to give up its chemical arsenal, insisting the deal can still be salvaged despite implementation delays and missed deadlines. Article Link: White House to ‚ÄėMake Sure‚Äô Syria Gives Up Chemical Arms - Washington Wire - WSJ (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/02/02/white-house-to-make-sure-syria-gives-up-chemical-arms/?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories)Posted with Article Posting Assistant: (http://code-happy.bahits.com/?p=62)
  • Germany to help destroy Syrian chemicals

    01/09/2014 4:18:35 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | Thursday, January 9, 6:27 AM | AP
    BERLIN ó Germany says it will help destroy Syriaís stockpile of chemicals as part of international efforts to rid the country of the raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents. ... The first batch of toxic chemicals was loaded onto a Danish cargo ship in the Syrian port of Latakia and shipped Tuesday toward international waters.
  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide ē Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Chemical Weapons: Western Alliance and Israel continue to Support Al Qaeda Affiliated Rebels

    10/11/2013 4:09:14 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/11/2013 | Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
    Amply documented the Al Nusrah rebels are in possession of chemical weapons. In an unusual twist, An August 9, 2013 UPI report intimates that the Al Qaeda affiliated Al Nusrah rebels rather than the Syrian government constitute a threat to the security of Israel, an absurd proposition. And that Israel, so to speak, fears that chemical weapons might ďfall in the wrong handsĒ. Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have broken through rebel forces encircling the northern city of Aleppo to secure a major chemical weapons base that, if they can hold it, will be a big help to...
  • Iran reportedly producing deadly sarin gas

    09/23/2013 12:01:07 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/23/2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran is producing chemical weapons, including sarin gas, out of a facility in Fars Province. Sarin gas, banned under international protocol, is the gas Syriaís Assad regime used to kill more than 1,400 civilians on Aug. 21. A Revolutionary Guards base, Shahid Dastgheyb, is producing five deadly gases, under the project name of ďBaasat,Ē as part of the Islamic regimeís chemical weapons program, according to intelligence received from a member of the Guards serving in the province. The source is not named due to security reasons. The chemical plant is outside the central city of Shiraz and close to the...
  • Chemical weapon propulsion unit on Syrian missile 'made in Siberia', says Russian expert

    09/22/2013 5:48:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster
    Siberian Times ^ | 18 September 2013
    Chemical weapon propulsion unit on Syrian missile 'made in Siberia', says Russian expert By The Siberian Times reporter 18 September 2013 Evidence suggests this 'ancient junk' not fired by Assad regime but by rebels, it is claimed A leading Russian expert has acknowledged that the propulsion unit on one of the rockets responsible for the deadly Syrian chemical attack indicates it was manufactured at a secret Soviet plant in Siberia. However, the remnants of the 'antique' weapons provide new evidence the 'sarin' blast was the work of rebels and not the Damascus regime. President Assad's military machine would not have...
  • Syria Hands Over Chemical Weapons Details to Watchdog

    09/20/2013 1:27:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    SKY NEWS ^ | 09/20/2013
    The chemical weapons watchdog has been handed "initial disclosure" of Syria's arsenal of poison gas and nerve agents. The Assad regime has given details of its toxic weapons programme to the world's chemical weapons watchdog. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the body tasked with dismantling Syria's stockpile of nerve agents, said that Syria had given an "initial declaration" outlining its programme. It will not release the details of the declaration and is now seeking to verify what has been outlined. OPCW is looking at ways to fast-track moves to secure and destroy Syria's arsenal of poison...
  • Germany defends chemical sales to Syria

    09/19/2013 6:04:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Sep 2013 08:55 CET | (The Local/tsb)
    Germany sold tonnes of chemicals to Syria which were capable of being put to military use. Ö The chemicals sold have a dual useóthey can be used for both military and non-military purposes. They include hydrogen fluoride, ammonium hydrogen fluoride and sodium cyanide. The export of the chemicals is restricted but not illegal, the SŁddeutsche newspaper reported, as they are used in industry. Ö Germanyís government said Syria told them the chemicals would be used for industrial purposes. The government added it had established that the chemicals would not be put to military use before they were exported. Ö
  • Israel under pressure to give up chemical, nuclear weapons

    09/18/2013 7:05:53 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 40 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/18/2013 | Linda Gradstein
    The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria's huge chemical weapons stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief. Many expected that a U.S. strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah tio retaliate by attacking Israel. Over the past few weeks, thousands of Israelis, not known for their patience, spent hours waiting in line for government-issued gas masks. Yet the deal also increases pressure on Israel to get rid of its chemical and, even more troubling to the Jewish state, its nuclear stockpile. If Syria must get rid of its chemical weapons, the reasoning goes,...
  • Obama's Bait-and-Switch on Syria

    09/18/2013 4:05:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Chemical weapons are evil, but you could also say they're a curse. They have a talismanic power to bend and distort U.S. foreign policy. You can ask George W. Bush or Barack Obama. In 2003, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz gave a lengthy interview to Vanity Fair that caused a huge uproar, largely because the magazine shamefully distorted what he was trying to say. Wolfowitz explained that within the Bush administration there were a lot of arguments for why we should invade Iraq. Some had to do with the fact that Saddam Hussein was a state supporter of terrorism. Some...
  • Syria deal shines light on suspected Israeli chemical weapons program

    09/17/2013 9:01:14 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/2013 | Staff
    The U.S-Russia plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile and could raise pressure on the Jewish state to come clean about its capabilities. Israel signed the landmark international treaty banning the production or use of chemical weapons two decades ago, but it is among a handful if nations that have never ratified the deal. ...
  • Abortion Support Undermines Obama's Moral Leadership

    09/16/2013 1:26:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2013 | Star Parker
    Whether we are talking about respect for a nation or for an individual, nothing undermines respect more than duplicity -- saying one thing and acting differently. I think it is a big reason why President Barack Obama's Tuesday speech to the nation, in which he attempted to explain why he has proposed military action in Syria, fell so flat. The president cast his rationale for taking action in moral terms; he said a targeted strike against Syria would warn against the future use of poison gas, which killed 1,429 people in an Aug. 21 attack. But the very dubious moral...
  • Canadaís FM: Syria should not be given time

    09/14/2013 8:51:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 6:52 AM EDT
    Canadaís foreign minister John Baird is calling Syriaís offer to begin providing information on its chemical arsenal 30 days after it signs an international convention banning such weapons ďridiculous and absurd.Ē Baird said Syrian President Bashar Assad could not be given extra time. Baird said: ďThis is a man who up until a week ago denied that they had any such weapons.Ē Ö
  • Syrian Rebels Try to Con the West Out of Diplomacy

    09/14/2013 5:55:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2013 | Nightwatch.com
    Russia-North Korea:Russian officials said they interpret the white vapor plume at Yongbyon to signify testing of the electric power generation system, not a sign the reactor is nearing operational status. Their main point is that the reactor is in such a state of disrepair that it cannot be started safely. Comment:The Russian argument is a good reason to not try to restart the reactor, but it does not mean the North Koreans won't try just the same. Russia-Iran:Update.The Office of the Russian President said the report in yesterday'sKommersantwas untrue. At this time President Putin is not planning to offer the...
  • This Is What "Flexibility" Looks Like

    09/13/2013 3:44:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | Mona Charen
    In March 2012, President Obama whispered to placeholder Russian president Dmitri Medvedev that he needed "space" on matters like missile defense until 2013. "After my election, I'll have more flexibility," the president blurted into an unsuspected open microphone. "I will convey this information to Vladimir," Medvedev promised, managing not to smirk outwardly. Medvedev did not need to deliver the message. Obama has telegraphed his weakness in a thousand ways, starting with the "reset" that was premised on the idea that relations between Russia and the U.S. were frayed because we had been without the transformative leadership of Barack Hussein Obama....
  • Syria chemical weapons sites being dispersed to avoid detection, report says

    09/13/2013 9:01:34 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    JPost ^ | 9/13/2013 | Unattributed
    An elite Syrian unit that runs the government's chemical arms program has been scattering the weapons to dozens of sites across the country, potentially complicating US plans for air strikes, the Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper, citing unnamed US officials and lawmakers briefed on the intelligence, said on its website on Thursday that a secretive military group known as Unit 450 had been moving the stocks around for months to help avoid detection of the weapons. US and Israeli intelligence agencies and Middle Eastern officials still believe they know the location of most of the government's chemical weapons supply,...
  • Assad: Weíll start handing over our chemical weapons when the U.S. stops arming Syriaís rebels

    09/12/2013 3:58:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 12, 2013 | Allahpundit
    I Ö donít remember this being part of the offer. Obama had better run it past Putin right away to see how he wants the U.S. to respond. Syria will fulfil an initiative to hand over its chemical weapons only when the United States stops threatening to strike Syria, RIA news agency quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying in a television interviewÖ ďWhen we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack, and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists, then we will believe that the necessary processes can be finalized,Ē he was...
  • White House: Putin 'Owns' World's Syria Strategy

    09/12/2013 9:39:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/12/2013 | John Nolte
    Apparently, once again with respect to Syria, the White House was caught off guard by events they are frantically reacting to instead of shaping. Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper, a White House official publicly responded to Russian President Vladmir Putin's New York Times op-ed with the admission that Putin "now owns" and has "fully asserted ownership" of America's current foreign policy focal point; pushing Syria to surrender its chemical weapons: ďThatís all irrelevant,Ē the White House official said in response [to Putin's op-ed]. ďHe put this proposal forward and heís now invested in it. Thatís good. Thatís the best possible...