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  • WMD in Iraq a rather nuanced issue

    07/13/2014 6:20:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    One of the greatest debates over the Iraq War of 2003 was the issue of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs, including chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons) supposedly hidden and manufactured by Saddam Hussein after his defeat in the 1991 Gulf War. Hussein only cooperated fitfully with the disclosure and destruction efforts required under the 1991 cease-fire that ended offensive operations in Iraq, and Western nations became convinced by the late 1990s that he was rebuilding his stockpiles. That was just one of the sixteen justifications presented by the Bush administration in late 2002 for ending the cease fire and...
  • Pelosi Caught in Another Lie – Said Publicly Saddam Had WMD (Video)

    07/11/2014 10:04:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/11/14 | Jim Hoft
    Nancy Pelosi told reporters yesterday that President George W. Bush sent the US to war “based on a false representation of a threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”
  • ISIS Seizes Nuclear Materials in Iraq

    07/11/2014 12:30:13 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/14 | Ari Yashar
    Iraq warned the United Nations (UN) on Thursday that in capturing large portions of the country last month, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) also seized nuclear materials used in research at a university in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. Iraqi Ambassador to the UN Mohammed Ali Alhakim wrote in a letter to the UN, which was seen by Reuters, that roughly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were captured by the radical Jihadist group. "These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use...
  • Reuters Exclusive: Iraq Tells U.N. that 'Terrorist Groups' Seized Nuclear Materials

    07/09/2014 6:18:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Michelle Nichols (with Mark Hosenball)
    Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad." Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding...
  • AP: ISIS Has Seized Thousands of Rockets with Chemical Warheads

    07/08/2014 8:29:35 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 96 replies
    The PJ Tatler via AP ^ | 7-8-2014 | Bryon Preston
    It’s a confirmation of reports in June that ISIS had taken control of a site where some of Saddam’s WMD arsenal remained. Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Tuesday that “terrorist” groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment...
  • 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) — 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.
  • Saddam’s WMDs: The Left’s Iraq Lies Exposed

    06/23/2014 2:37:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 109 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 6/23/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    The recent turmoil in Iraq brought on by the rise of the Sunni extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ironically struck a blow to the American LeftÂ’s endlessly repeated narrative that there were no weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq prior to the war. The State Department and other U.S. government officials have revealed that ISIS now occupies the Al Muthanna Chemicals Weapons Complex. Al Muthanna was Saddam HusseinÂ’s primary chemical weapons facility, and it is located less than 50 miles from Baghdad.The Obama administration claims that the weapons in that facility,...
  • 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 Hussein’s 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.
  • U.S. Helps Remove Uranium From Iraq [Article from 2008]

    06/20/2014 8:45:04 AM PDT · by caligatrux · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 7, 2008 | Alissa J. Rubin, Campbell Robertson
    BAGHDAD — American and Iraqi officials have completed nearly the last chapter in dismantling Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program with the removal of hundreds of tons of natural uranium from the country’s main nuclear site. The uranium, which was removed several weeks ago, arrived in Canada over the weekend, according to officials. The removal was first reported by The Associated Press. [snip] American military personnel helped move about 600 tons of uranium in the form called yellowcake. It had been stored at Tuwaitha, an installation 12 miles south of Baghdad, which had been the site of Iraq’s nuclear program. [snip] This...
  • Saddam era WMDs captured in Iraq by ISIS

    06/20/2014 7:51:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 111 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/20/2014 | Dale T. Armstrong
    The British newspaper, The Telegraph reported this stunning little nugget yesterday, on June 19th: Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Wait……WHAT? I thought there were no WMD’s in Iraq, of any kind? Whatsoever!
  • Did Saddam Have WMDs After All: ISIS Overruns Iraq Chemical Weapons 'Mega-Facility'

    06/19/2014 6:02:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 91 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...
  • Scientists condemn 'crazy, dangerous' creation of deadly airborne flu virus

    Scientists have created a life-threatening virus that closely resembles the 1918 Spanish flu strain that killed an estimated 50m people in an experiment labelled as "crazy" by opponents. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used a technique called reverse genetics to build the virus from fragments of wild bird flu strains. They then mutated the virus to make it airborne to spread more easily from one animal to another. "The work they are doing is absolutely crazy. The whole thing is exceedingly dangerous," said Lord May, the former President of the Royal Society and one time chief science adviser to...
  • Bond vs. Holder (We WON one today)

    06/02/2014 8:55:06 AM PDT · by pierrem15 · 67 replies
    SCOTUS ^ | 06/02/2014 | SCOTUS
    "The global need to prevent chemical warfare does not require the Federal Government to reach into the kitchen cupboard."
  • WATCH: Iowa GOP Senate Candidate Still Believes There Were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq

    05/12/2014 6:06:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | May 12, 2014 | Patrick Caldwell, DC Bureau Reporter
    War veteran Joni Ernst claims to have vague, secret knowledge that contradicts every public report.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Iowa state senator and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst captured national attention when her campaign's first TV ad featured the candidate talking about castrating hogs (a subsequent ad featured Ernst at a gun range, implying that she'd shoot Obamacare to bits). But if the Sarah Palin-approved Republican wants to enter national politics, she may need to brush up on some of her facts. Ernst still thinks Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction when the US invaded Iraq, despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. On...
  • Netanyahu: “Iran will next hide nuclear suitcases.” DEBKAfile: Bought 10 years ago from Ukraine

    03/10/2014 12:22:45 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Debkafile ^ | March 10, 2014, 8:00 PM (IST)
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Monday, March 10, that because the world chooses to slide over Iran’s concealed nuclear program, the next Klos C ship may not carry missiles but “nuclear suitcases.” They would not only reach an Israeli port, he said, but any port in the world. He spoke at Israel’s naval base in Eilat at the presentation of the 60 missiles, 181 mortar shells and hundreds of bullets unloaded from the Klos C that was apprehended by Israeli commandos on the Red Sea opposite Sudan last week. Present too were defense minister Moshe Ya’alan, chief of staff Lt....
  • Gingrich: Kerry should resign for comparing global warming to WMD

    02/18/2014 5:15:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 2/17/14 | Washington Free Beacon Washington Free Beacon·
    Vid at link.
  • 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.
  • Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say

    01/25/2014 10:24:13 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 68 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 01/25/14 | Todd Starnes
    Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say By Todd StarnesPublished January 25, 2014FoxNews.com UNDATED: Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, authorities in Pennsylvania said. (Altoona Police Department) A teenage Russian national was arrested late Friday on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, police in Altoona, Pa. said. Blair County Prison confirmed to Fox News that Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, is in custody. He is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering...
  • Media SHREDDED Bush Over Saddam's Missing WMD- What About Obama's Blatant False Pretense in Syria?

    01/21/2014 7:59:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    As has become standard in this Twilight-Zone-episode-of-a-presidency, you've got to look to the foreign press -UK, Australia, Canada, or Germany (ironically)- to get the full story these days... same as volk seeking the truth were forced to in Nazi Germany... This is due of course to the de facto takeover of the American MSM we've been forced to witness over the last five years. Most of these hacks have bet the farm on this administration and are still showing no signs of shame- so expect them to protect him to the bitter end.  And it's not just petty scandals or bizarre nominees/appointees they're hiding anymore- since...
  • Albania rejects US request to host destruction of Syria chemical weapons

    11/15/2013 7:15:02 PM PST · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/15/2013 20:58
    THE HAGUE/TIRANA - Albania rejected on Friday a US request to host the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a US-Russian accord to eliminate the nerve agents from the country's protracted civil war. Negotiations went down to the wire, delaying the scheduled adoption on Friday of a step-by-step plan to get rid of 1,300 tons of Syria's sarin, mustard and other agents. Albania's refusal marked an unprecedented break from its traditionally staunch allegiance to NATO ally Washington. It followed a storm of protest in the Adriatic republic, where protesters complained of exploitation. "It is impossible for Albania...
  • Netanyahu’s show of muscle comes too late to deter a nuclear Tehran

    10/11/2013 4:04:57 PM PDT · by xzins · 18 replies
    Debka File ^ | October 11, 2013
    Israeli Air Force F-15 and F-16 fighter squadrons this week carried out exercises testing their capability to conduct missions at long ranges from base, the Israeli military said Thursday, Oct. 10. The drills included air-to-air refueling and dogfights against foreign combat planes. They were conducted together with Hellenic Air Force aircraft and naval units over the western Peloponnese and the Myrtoon Pelagos of Greece, shortly before the Six Power talks begin in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli commentators noted that the drill broadcast a message to Tehran that Israel’s military option for bombing its nuclear program was alive and...
  • Battles Rage Around Syria Chemical Weapons Sites

    10/10/2013 4:45:14 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 10, 2013, 6:59 p.m. ET | SAM DAGHER
    DAMASCUS, Syria—One day after the head of the international organization tasked with destroying Syria's chemical weapons called for a cease fire to allow his team to carry out its work, government and rebel forces stepped up clashes aimed at controlling an area that is home to two of the main research and production facilities The Syrian military carried out more than a dozen airstrikes against rebels and their supporters in and around the town of Safira, just southeast of Aleppo. where the sites, called the Defense Factories and Scientific Research facilities, are located, according to opposition activists. ... But the...
  • Plan for Ridding Syria of Chemical Arms Includes Brute Force and Chemistry

    10/06/2013 10:26:51 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 5, 2013 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    ... International monitors began the process of destroying that equipment on Sunday. “Missile warheads, aerial bombs and mobile and static mixing and filling units were destroyed and disabled in a number of different ways, including with cutting torches,” said a member of the joint team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations, speaking in Damascus on the condition of anonymity according to the team’s policy. “The plan is to do more such destruction and disabling in the coming days.” But a major centerpiece of the disarmament effort will be a mobile and...
  • 'Game Changers'

    10/03/2013 2:47:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When -- not if -- is the only mystery about an Iranian nuclear bomb. All the warning signs are there. 'Game changers' In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama on two occasions went out of his way to warn the Iranians that the development of a nuclear weapon "would be a game-changing situation, not just in the Middle East, but around the world." Obama later added, "It is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon; it would be a game changer."
  • Journalist: Nazi Scientists Helped Arabs Produce WMDs

    09/29/2013 8:21:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 9/30/2013, 6:14 AM | Elad Benari
    Nazi scientists helped Arab countries produce chemical weapons, according to a prominent Egyptian journalist. The journalist, Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, made the comments in an interview which aired on September 19, 2013. … “The production of chemical and biological weapons was easy … It was all based on German scientists who fled Germany [following World War II]. Some of them had knowledge of nuclear energy, like Dr. [Wolfgang] Pilz, who came to us for a while, and then started working on missiles and moved to China.” …
  • Assad: We have weapons that could blindside Israel

    09/26/2013 8:35:48 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 28 replies
    Syria has deterrent weapons, more advanced than anything in its chemical arsenal, that could blindside Israel in mere moments, Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed Thursday. “Originally, we produced chemical weapons in the 1980s as a deterrent to Israel’s nuclear capabilities,” Assad said in an interview with the Hezbollah-affiliated, Lebanon-based Al-Akhbar newspaper, adding that “today, we have weapons that are far more important and sophisticated and that can blindside Israel in the blink of an eye.” The Syrian president also charged that the West was not really concerned with stripping Syria of its weapons stockpile in order to safeguard the country’s...
  • Claim of Syrian rebel use of chem weaponry

    09/19/2013 7:35:58 AM PDT · by varmintman
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    On youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc39Z84uLqI I don't know any more about this one than what you see, but it bears watching. The name attached is Vaclav Hrdina.
  • Is Assad hiding his chemical weapons outside Syria?

    09/16/2013 3:48:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9-16-13 | Mark Duell
    Full title: Is Assad hiding his chemical weapons outside Syria? Rebel leader claims stockpiles have been moved to Lebanon and Iraq to prevent detection Syrian president Bashar Assad is hiding his chemical weapons outside the country to prevent the deadly arsenal being destroyed, a rebel leader has claimed. The dictator has been accused of moving his stockpiles across the border to Lebanon and Iraq to evade a possible inspection. His forces were said to have acted after the US and Russia agreed to secure and eliminate the weapons – a deal hailed by Assad’s regime as a ‘victory’. General Salim...
  • Report: Syria transported chemical weapons to Iraq

    09/15/2013 9:02:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 15, 2013 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Lebanese daily says 20 trucks crossed into Iraq last week, bearing equipment and material used for manufacturing chemical weapons. Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into neighboring Iraq, the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported on Sunday. The newspaper reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did not inspect the contents of the trucks, which raises suspicions that they contained illicit cargo, according to Al-Mustaqbal.
  • Assad says US must stop military threats, and Israel must sign WMD treaties

    09/13/2013 10:22:38 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 9/12/2013 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    Syria’s President Bashar Assad on Thursday demanded that Israel ratify international treaties on non-proliferation of nonconventional weapons, and that the US promise not to attack his regime, as he set conditions for a negotiated resolution of the crisis over his chemical weapon. Assad said he would submit data on his country’s chemical weapons stockpile a month after signing an international convention banning the arms, adding that it was Russia, and not the US, that was making a negotiated solution possible. His comments were believed to mark Assad’s first formal acknowledgement that he has chemical weapons. Calling a month wait the...
  • Guess Where Those Chemical Weapons Came From, Mr. President

    09/13/2013 8:25:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9-12-13 | Doug Patton
    On September 11, 2001, I wrote a column entitled “Now We Know How Israel Feels.” ~snip~ After all, he [the community organizer in the White House] doesn’t even seem to know where those chemical weapons in Syria came from in the first place. Ironically, at least some of them came from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. They were part of those weapons of mass destruction we never found. Georges Sada is an Iraqi of Assyrian descent. Born in 1939, he was raised in the Assyrian Church of the East, a Christian sect in predominantly Muslim Iraq. Sada says he later became a...
  • Assad moving chem weapons to Iraq and Lebanon, Syria opposition Gen. Salim Idriss claims to Amanpour

    09/12/2013 1:22:32 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 38 replies
    CNN blog ^ | September 12th, 2013
    The head of the opposition Free Syria Army, General Salim Idriss, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday that he has intelligence that the Assad regime is moving its chemical weapons out of the country. “Today we have information that the regime began to move chemical materials and chemical weapons to Lebanon and to Iraq,” General Idriss told Amanpour from inside Syria. It’s a huge claim that would fundamentally shift everything U.S. intelligence officials have in the past said they believe about the situation in Syria, CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports.
  • 7 Reasons Destroying Syria’s Chemical Weapons Will Not Be Easy

    09/11/2013 12:39:19 PM PDT · by citizen · 24 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | September 11, 2013 | Sheera Frenkel
    1. We don’t know what kind of chemical weapons they have or how many there are. Middle East experts like to say that Syria has “one of the largest chemical weapons stockpiles in the world,” but estimates of how many chemical weapons Syria has vary widely between 500–1,000 tons. We also don’t know exactly what type of chemical agents they are using, though experts who have studied Syria’s military closely say its likely Sarin, mustard gas, and VX nerve agents. “We don’t know what form they are in or how they have been mixed together. We don’t know if they...
  • U.S. to Work Through U.N. on Syria Arms Proposal (Putin bait and switch: Israel WMD on table)

    09/10/2013 3:33:17 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 10, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR, MICHAEL R. GORDON and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    “Undoubtedly, all of this makes sense and can function, can work, only if we hear that the American side and those who support the United States in this sense rule out the use of force,” Mr. Putin said in televised remarks on Tuesday night, “because it is difficult to make any country — Syria or any other country, any other government in the world — unilaterally disarm if the use of force is being prepared against it.” He noted that Syria had “a certain arsenal of chemical weapons,” and that “the Syrians have always regarded it as an alternative to...
  • Putin Didn't Save Obama, He Beat Him

    09/10/2013 10:07:53 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 197 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 10, 2013 | Lee Smith
    Maybe Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin really did discuss the idea of putting Syrian chemical weapons under international control last week on the sidelines of the G20 conference. Putin sure doesn’t care that Obama’s taking credit for the proposal, or that the administration is posturing like a Mob enforcer. “The only reason why we are seeing this proposal,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, “is because of the U.S. threat of military action.” Right, Putin is laughing to himself. Whatever. If Obama wants to sell it like a Christmas miracle on Pennsylvania Avenue that’s fine with Putin, because Putin won....
  • Rights Watchdog Says It Has Proof Syrian Forces Carried Out Chemical Attack

    09/10/2013 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TIME ^ | 09/10/2013 | David Stout
    After collecting eyewitness testimonies and analyzing the likely weapons systems that were used to facilitate a chemical-weapons attack that targeted rebel-controlled suburbs in Damascus last month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday it believes it has enough evidence to prove that the Syrian government was responsible for the atrocity. HRW’s extensive investigation, which relied on expert analysis from chemical-weapons and arms specialists along with witnesses’ accounts, concluded that the surface-to-surface rocket systems used to carry out the attack, along with the large quantity of nerve agent that was deployed during the assault on Aug. 21, match up with equipment that...
  • Exclusive: Does Israel Have Chemical Weapons Too?

    09/10/2013 9:07:57 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 35 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 9, 2013 | MATTHEW M. AID
    The estimate shows that in 1983 the CIA had hard evidence that Israel possessed a chemical weapons stockpile of indeterminate size, including...almost certainly sarin. ...the CIA assessment suggests that the Israelis accelerated their research and development work on chemical weapons following the end of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. According to the report, U.S. intelligence detected "possible tests" of Israeli chemical weapons in January 1976, which, again, almost certainly took place somewhere in the Negev Desert. A former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer whom I interviewed recalled that at about this time, the National Security Agency captured communications showing that...
  • Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control

    09/10/2013 4:24:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 81 replies
    Interfax ^ | September 10, 2013
    (Headline only) Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control - Interfax
  • Administration Makes Syria Policy Off the Cuff – Again!

    09/09/2013 8:46:39 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 46 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 9/6/2013 | Keith Koffler
    OMG these people really are bad. I mean, what a three-ring circus. Are they just so full of themselves that they think they can say whatever they want and don’t have to discipline their speech to hew to an actual policy? Obama, you remember, drew a red line off the top of his head committing us to military action against Syria. And now Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Syria a splendid opportunity to delay, confuse the issue, and confound the United States. Asked at a news conference today in Britain if there was anything Syrian President Assad could...
  • Syria positive about giving up chemical weapons

    09/09/2013 8:01:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    AP ^ | 09/09/2013 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) — In a surprise move, Russia promised Monday to push its ally Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and then dismantle them quickly to avert U.S. strikes. The announcement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces by surrendering control of "every single bit" of his arsenal to the international community by the end of the week.
  • Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

    09/08/2013 5:06:36 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 8, 2013 | Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond in Berlin
    Bild am Sonntag cites high-level German surveillance source suggesting Syrian president was not personally behind attacks President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported , citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. The intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast, Bild am Sonntag said....
  • Al-Qaeda-linked rebels take Syrian Christian village, activists say

    09/08/2013 5:39:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/8/2013 | staff
    Rebels including al-Qaeda-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of the capital Damascus, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning. Independent information has been nearly impossible to come by in the 2.5-year-old conflict in Syria. Maaloula, a scenic mountain community, is known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic. The rebel advance into the area this week was spearheaded by the Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, exacerbating fears among Syrians and religious...
  • CNN Exclusive: Videos show glimpse into evidence for Syria intervention

    09/07/2013 11:57:02 AM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 7, 2013 | Jake Tapper and Mariano Castillo, CNN
    CNN has obtained 13 different videos that the administration has told the Senate Intelligence Committee depict the gruesome scene of a chemical weapons attack in Syria on August 21. While the videos are hard to watch, they do not prove who is responsible for the attack, nor do they provide an answer for whether military strikes are the correct course.
  • Obama's G20 Task Complicated by Russian WMD Report

    09/05/2013 12:14:42 PM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 5, 2013 | Alexis Simendinger
    President Obama, arriving Thursday in Russia, anticipated a lively two-day G20 summit, during which he’ll reprise his lobbying for international airstrikes against Syria with President Vladimir Putin, an ally of the Assad regime, as well as other world leaders. Russia said it compiled a report asserting that Syrian rebels were behind a chemical weapons attack in March near Aleppo, according to the McClatchy news service. The 100-page report, which Russia said it delivered to the United Nations in July, runs counter to U.S. claims that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been behind chemical attacks in Syria, including a mass...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Syrians gassed with help from U.S.?

    09/04/2013 10:22:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 09/04/2013 | KATHY SHAIDLE
    <p>Rush Limbaugh today raised the possibility that Syrian rebels were responsible for using chemical weapons on their own people – not President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p>Limbaugh said he based the theory on emails he received from friends over the weekend, both of whom “have lived in the Middle East” and “claim to know Bashar.”</p>
  • Obama critics still ask for 'smoking gun' in Syria, Point to reports that rebels carried out attack

    09/04/2013 10:11:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 09/04/2013 | Jerome Corsi
    <p>Critics of the Obama administration’s policy on Syria are still asking for the “smoking gun” evidence that Bashar al-Assad’s regime is responsible for the chemical-weapons attack last month that reportedly killed more than 1,000 people.</p> <p>On Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced samples collected by U.N. inspection team in Syria were being transferred to chemical laboratories for inspection.</p>
  • Senate Syria resolution: 60 days with an option for 90, no ground troops

    09/04/2013 6:33:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Late last night, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee settled on new language for an authorization to attack Syria for its use of chemical weapons. Unlike the language proposed by the White House, this explicitly forbids the use of ground troops, limits the action to only Syria, and authorizes force for a maximum of 90 days with the specific intent to stop Bashar al-Assad from using WMDs in the future: Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders have reached an agreement on the language for the resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria for up to 90 days — but with no...
  • The Wrong Target on WMDs

    09/04/2013 3:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: It has to be shattered before being ascertained. --Vladimir Nabokov After 9/11, the prevailing view was that "nothing would ever be the same." The sight of bodies plunging 100 stories from the flaming towers of the World Trade Center seared into our psyches the reality that America has cruel and wanton enemies. The USA Patriot Act, which sought to repair some of the intelligence lapses that permitted the 9/11 attacks to go undiscovered, passed the House by a vote of 357 to 66 and the Senate by 98 to...
  • The Syrian ‘Rebels’ and Chemical Weapons: Remembering Your Al-Qaeda History (Andrew C. McCarthy)

    09/03/2013 2:57:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 3rd, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Myopic focus on alleged chemical weapons use by the Assad regime in Syria is wrongheaded, as it has been all along. The salient issue is whether the United States should intervene militarily on behalf of enemies of the United States — the “rebel” factions, in which ties to al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood run deep. If chemical weapons use, rather than American national security, is to be our obsession, however, it is worth remembering al Qaeda’s history in that regard. In 1998, the Clinton Justice Department filed its initial indictment against Osama bin Laden for conspiring to carry out mass-damage...