UN finds 'convincing evidence' of chemical weapons used in Syria but assesses no blame

  • Article by: EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 16, 2013 - 9:35 PM

UNITED NATIONS — Careful not to blame either side for a deadly chemical weapon attack, U.N. inspectors reported Monday that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired from an area where Syria's military has bases, but said the evidence could have been manipulated in the rebel-controlled stricken neighborhoods.

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mypcaccountSep. 16, 1312:04 PM

this is a worthless report. of course chemical weapons were used, tell us who used them and who made the decision.

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firefight41Sep. 16, 1312:51 PM

The UN does not know, the Obama administration does not know who used the chemical weapons.

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charlzmartelSep. 16, 13 1:19 PM

Both sides could have used them or either side could have used them. The so-called 'rebels' could have used them on their own and blamed it on Assad, it's not like they haven't done that kind of thing before. Why is the White House backing islamist terrorists?!?!

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circleoflifeSep. 16, 13 1:30 PM

"U.N. inspectors said Monday there is "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people" DUH!

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mn2niceSep. 16, 13 2:12 PM

Well while it may have appeared matter of fact to many that chemical weapons were used in this attack, now at least we have the scientific evidence to back up that claim. Not mere supposition. And since it is also known the rebels did not have access to Syria's stockpiles, the only reasonable conclusion is the attack was carried out by Assad's forces. He has the means, the materials, and the motive for using them against the rebels and civilians in the targeted areas. He also knew it would be difficult to prove who used them if he shelled the same areas after the attack.

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tmauelSep. 16, 13 2:58 PM

One of the UN inspectors finds it difficult to explain why no rebel soldiers were reported killed or injured in one incident where five or six rockets were launched. Would the government launch five rockets and completely miss the target five or six times he wondered.

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tmauelSep. 16, 13 3:07 PM

mn2nice While the rebels did not have access to Syrian government stockpiles there have been numerous reports of rebels arrested in Turkey in possession of bench made sarin. The latest report was a leaked classified document from U.S. military intelligence. An earlier 100 page report from Russian intelligence revealed similar findings. There have also been several reports linking Saudi prince Bandar bin Sultan of delivering sarin to Syrian rebels. So let's look at all the evidence and get at the truth rather than relying on one sides propaganda. That propaganda was designed to escalate a war that no one wants.

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tmauelSep. 16, 13 3:42 PM

I need to correct my first comment today. It was Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin who wondered why no rebels were killed in 5 or 6 rocket launches of Sarin not a UN investigator.

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chaoticdemSep. 16, 13 3:47 PM

I can write a report that says whatever it is that you want it to say. So what message do you want the report to convey?

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tmauelSep. 16, 13 4:48 PM

chaoticdem True, you can write any report you want. However does that report contain any independently verifiable information. Or is it mere propaganda designed to push a political agenda.

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