UN inspectors find undeclared sarin-linked chemicals at Syrian military site

UN inspectors have found traces of chemicals used to make sarin and the nerve agent VX not previously declared by Syria’s Assad regime at a military research site.

Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found the traces at a military research site in December and January, according to an EU statement posted on the group’s website.

In August 2013, the United States threatened military intervention against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad after sarin gas attacks killed more than a thousand people in the rebel-controlled Damascus suburb of Ghouta. Video footage showed rooms filled with pale bodies, convulsing or lying dead.

  • Everyone Else

    Those who want to kill,
    1st blame atrocity on the intended victim.

  • marty_p

    Syria will get a pass because of the Muslim block at the UN.
    After all, the leader of the Sudan has been deemed a war criminal and he’s still running around and even attended the Arab League meetings.

  • Petey

    Seymour Hersh has written extensively on the supposed Syrian sarin attacks. See: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n24/seymour-m-hersh/whose-sarin

    So who knows. I’m getting used to the constant fog and half truths. I don’t know if that’s maturity or cynicism. Or just deliberate manipulation on their part so I eventually just stop paying attention to everything. I think I just answered my own question.


    Seymour M. Hersh

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    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 country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order – a planning document that precedes a ground invasion – citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.”

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      FWIW Debkafile reported (with pics) at the time that the WMD’s that Saddam didn’t have were being moved out of Iraq through Syria and into Lebanon in the time Shrub the Younger gave Saddam before shock and aweing him.. Easy enuff for them to get into many hands from there.
      Not that they ever existed of course. Ol’ Saddm had used up the last of his sarin before then. 😉

      • Petey

        Hey, I remember that. They’re still there under an olive grove.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama is floating the idea, in as much as Obama ever ‘tests’ the waters as opposed to simply decreeing what shall be, that now is the time to sort of support Assad and Iran and Hezbollah against ISIS up to sending in military ‘advisors’ (aka special forces).

    This is your president. Give Iran a nuke, support Hezbollah (killed hundreds of US marines) and now support a genocidal dictator who uses chemical weapons against children. This is your president, elected and RE elected.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      They got the President they deserved of course. Just too bad for the rest of us. 🙁