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    US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    The US has said that Syria has likely used chemical weapons against rebel forces on a "small scale," but emphasised intelligence services were still not 100 percent sure.
    US spy agencies have investigated reports from Syrian opposition groups that President Bashar al-Assad's forces have used sarin gas on at least two occasions during the two-year-old conflict.


    "Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria," Caitlin Hayden, a US National Security Council spokesperson, said on Thursday.

    The assessment, which she said was based in part on "physiological samples", points to the possible use of sarin, a man-made nerve agent used in two attacks in Japan in the 1990s. It can cause convulsions, respiratory failure and death.

    Hayden however warned the chain of custody of the weapons was "not clear, so we cannot confirm how the exposure occurred and under what conditions".


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    Chemical weapons may have been used in Syria but on a small scale. Intelligence is not 100% sure but it seems they may have been used but dont know how they were "used".


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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    I think I have heard this song before.
    We went from sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me to safe spaces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    I think I have heard this song before.
    when?
    ‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).

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    I bet Obama is really regretting that smack he talked a few months ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I bet Obama is really regretting that smack he talked a few months ago.
    You've already seen the backpedaling by the administration. They are looking for any possible way to say that they don't know if they were used, because it will force them to act or look like bloviating idiots.

    Syrian Blood Tests Positive for Sarin Gas, U.S. Spies Say | Danger Room | Wired.com

    The U.S. intelligence community has uncovered strong evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Several blood samples, taken from multiple people, have tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, an American intelligence source tells Danger Room. President Obama has long said that the use of such a weapon by the Assad regime would cross a “red line.” So now the question becomes: What will the White House do in response?

    In March, the Assad regime was accused of using chemical weapons during an attack on the city of Aleppo. The blood samples were taken by Syrian opposition groups from alleged victims of that strike. But American analysts can’t be entirely sure where the blood came from or when the precisely exposure took place.

    “This is more than one organization representing that they have more than one sample from more than one attack,” the source tells Danger Room. “But we can’t confirm anything because no is really sure what’s going on in country.”

    What’s clear is that the samples are authentic, and that the weapons were almost certainly employed by the Assad regime, which began mixing up quantities of sarin’s chemical precursors months ago for an potential attack, as Danger Room first reported.

    “It would be very, very difficult for the opposition to fake this. Not only would they need the wherewithal to steal it or brew it up themselves. Then they’d need volunteers who would notionally agree to a possibly lethal exposure,” the source adds.

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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    when?
    I believe he is referring to GWB and WMDs in Iraq.

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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    My question in this is the use of gas goes over the line and I understand that, but how close to the line does the death of nearly 70,000 people get?

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    Obama is not going to live up to his tough words, yet again....It really is no wonder that the rest of the world doesn't consider the US as any type of voice they should listen to anymore....What a sad time....
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    I believe he is referring to GWB and WMDs in Iraq.
    ah I see. Not much relevance to this situation but I understand America's reluctance because of Iraq etc
    ‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).

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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Syrian use of chemicals will be the red line...the unacceptable act that will force a US military response as per the administr....errr....ummm...wait a second...

    Syrian use of chemicals weapons will be a really really really naughty thing and will force the US to scold them and publicly denounce that action...

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