Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Carried Out by Rebels, Says UN -Carla del Ponte (VIDEO YT May 2013)

As the Syrian revolt continues to tear the country apart, the international community has been eager to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even as it became clear that the rebels do not, in fact, represent a popular uprising against the oppression of the Assad regime. According to UN diplomat Carla del Ponte, however, it appears that the recent chemical weapons attack was carried out by the Syrian rebels and not the regime, as it had been widely assumed. Speaking to a Swiss television channel (May 2013***), del Ponte said that there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels had carried out the attack. She also said UN investigators had seen no evidence of the Syrian army using chemical weapons, but that further investigation was needed.

A spokesman for the rebels denied responsibility for the attack, which allegedly involved the deployment of sarin nerve gas. He pointed out that the Free Syrian Army does not possess the missiles necessary to deliver the chemical agent. Sarin gas, however, can be delivered in a number of ways. Additionally, while the rebels claim that the chemical agent was delivered by missiles, there is no evidence of a missile strike in any of the many videos that have been uploaded to the internet in the wake of the alleged attack.

After swift initial progress in the more than two-year-old conflict, the rebel advance was stalled as Lebanese terror group Hezbollah sent fighters to the regime’s aid. Whilst a number of towns have been taken and then retaken by each side, Assad’s forces have gradually gained the upper hand. With his army making gains and the eyes of the world upon him, it seems unlikely that the Syrian President would risk carrying out a chemical attack – particularly against an urban area. The Syrian government has flatly denied responsibility for this latest alleged chemical weapons attack and although not widely reported in the western media, there is broad suspicion that it was, indeed, carried out by the rebels. Ultimately, it may prove impossible for UN inspectors to determine who was responsible for the incident. Further, their investigation may be curtailed by the seemingly imminent military action – possibly in the form of cruise missile strikes – by the United States and the United Kingdom.

US President Obama has sent out mixed messages, regarding his intentions towards Syria; whilst he has stated that the US would not take military action against Syria without a UN mandate, it appears that preparations for an attack are already well underway, with American and British naval forces massing in the region. There is widespread speculation that strikes could be carried out within a week, despite strong and repeated warnings from both Russia and Iran, as well as the Syrian regime itself.
One of the most ominous repercussions of US intervention against the Syrian government is the possibility that Iran and it’s surrogate in Lebanon, Hezbollah, will launch strikes against Israel, in retaliation. This, in turn, could lead to a regional war, with Russia and the US lined up on opposing sides.

The United States government has been quick to condemn the Syrian government for the latest chemical weapons attack. Now that most of the evidence suggests it may have been carried out by the al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels, President Obama should remember that he, along with his supporters and political allies, devoted much time to condemning his predecessor for leading the US into war based on questionable intelligence.
An Editorial by Graham J Noble
 http://guardianlv.com/2013/08/syrian-chemical-weapons-attack-carried-out-by-rebels-says-un/
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***VIDEO : Carla del Ponte, a leading member of the UN inquiry team in Syria said in May 2013 that they had "strong concrete suspicions" that the Western-backed Syrian rebels, aka 'al-qaeda' had used chemical weapons on civilians in Syria.
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  1. Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official...

    Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

    Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.

    But she said her panel had not yet seen any evidence of Syrian government forces using chemical weapons, according to the BBC, but she added that more investigation was needed....http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/syrian-rebels-used-sarin-nerve-gas-not-assads-regi/#ixzz2dCChumNm

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  2. Карла Дел Понте: Хемиското оружје го употребија бунтовниците!...

    Карла Дел Понте изјави дека има сведоци и се сомнева дека хемиското оружје го активирале бунтовниците а не владата!

    Карла Дел Понте, главната истражителка на ОН за Сирија, изјави дека хемиското оружје го употребиле бунтовниците а не владата. Таа за швајцарската телевизија изјави дека постојат сведоци и дека хемиското оружје го активирале бунтовниците, а нема докази за сомнежот дека е користен нервен гас. Дел Понте вели дека е неопходно истрагата да продолжи.

    Од разговорите со жртвите на нападот и лекарите Дел Понте заклучува дека најверојатно е употребен сарин.

    Ситуацијата во Сирија секојдневно се заострува. Бунтовниците и силите на Асад меѓусебно се обвинуваат дека стојат зад нападот со хемиско оружје во кој загинаа стотици.
    http://kanal5.com.fyr/vesti_detail.asp?ID=15628
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  3. White House rules out ‘regime change’ among options for Syria...

    The White House ruled out any military effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power today as President Barack Obama ponders options in response to last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria, Reuters reported.

    “The options that we are considering are not about regime change,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “They are about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons.”

    Obama is considering cruise missile strikes against Syrian targets in response to the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that U.S. officials are increasingly confident was launched by the Syrian government....http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/white-house-rules-out-regime-change-among-options-for-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53364&NewsCatID=359
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  4. Experten: Kein US-Schlag gegen Syrien vor G20-Gipfel...

    Die USA werden kaum vor dem G20-Gipfel Anfang September in Sankt Petersburg einen Militärschlag gegen Syrien führen, obwohl von Barack Obama ausdrücklich gefordert wird, im Syrien-Konflikt Gewalt anzuwenden. Darin waren sich Experten am Dienstag in einer Pressekonferenz bei RIA Novosti einig.

    „Obama steht massiv unter Druck. Er könnte dem Druck standhalten, würde dieser nur vom US-Kongresses, den Massenmedien und verschiedenen Lobbystrukturen ausgeübt. Bedauerlicherweise steht Obama auch unter dem Druck seiner nächsten Umgebung. Unter diesen Bedingungen würde es ihm sehr schwer fallen, einer Entscheidung über einen beschränkten Schlag (gegen Syrien) auszuweichen“, sagte der Direktor des Zentrums für gesellschafts-politische Studien, Wladimir Jewsejew.

    Der Experte bewertet die Tatsache, dass sich Obama zu einem Treffen mit dem russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin während des G20-Gipfels in Sankt Petersburg bereit erklärt hat, positiv.

    Sollten die USA eine Bodenoperation in Syrien starten, würde sich der Iran nicht auf Wirtschaftshilfe für Damaskus beschränken, sondern eingreifen, so Jewsejew. Der Experte merkte zugleich an, dass „der Iran einen direkten Zusammenstoß mit den USA auf syrischem Territorium vermeiden würde“.

    „Die USA schaffen ein zusätzliches Problem. Sie bewirken, dass der Iran in die Syrien-Krise aktiv hineingezogen wird.“ Aus dieser Sicht sei dieser Konflikt nicht mehr als Feindschaft zwischen den Koalitionen in Syrien zu betrachten, so Jewsejew.

    Der Westen, der das Assad-Regime für einen angeblichen Giftgasangriff bei Damaskus verantwortlich gemacht hat, schließt eine militärische Invasion in Syrien nicht aus.
    http://de.rian.ru/politics/20130827/266750352.html
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  5. Syria: Cameron says use of chemical weapons 'cannot stand'...

    David Cameron has said the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government is "morally indefensible" after he recalled Parliament to discuss responses to the crisis.

    The prime minister said the world could "not stand idly by" in the face of the "massive use" of banned weapons.

    But any military action would have to be proportionate and legal, he added.

    The Syrian government said it was not responsible and the US and others were using it as an excuse to attack it.

    The UK is considering military options following last week's suspected attack, which is being investigated by the United Nations.

    Mr Cameron said no decisions had been taken but he believed that the Syrian government had the "motive and the opportunity" to use chemical weapons while the likelihood of opposition forces being the perpetrators was "vanishingly small".

    "What we have seen in Syria are appalling scenes of death and suffering because of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime," he said. "I don't believe we can let that stand."....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23851292
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  6. UK govt keenest of all on Syria intervention, decision already made - Farage...

    The British government is the most enthusiastic country in the entire international community to get involved in Syria, and the decision on intervention has already been made, believes leader of UK Independence Party Nigel Farage.

    The UK Parliament is to be recalled on Thursday to discuss possible responses to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria last week. The country’s Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for “specific” military action against the country, adding that so far no decision has been made on possible responses. He also pointed out that the UK is not considering getting involved in a Middle East war.

    However, as Nigel Farage told RT, the government has already made its decision. The reported build-up of warplanes in Cyprus proves that, he added.....http://rt.com/op-edge/farage-syria-atack-uk-067/
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  7. Pentagon Sees Syrian Military, Not Chemical Sites, as Target...

    WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering a range of limited military actions against Syria that are designed to “deter and degrade” the ability of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to launch chemical weapons, Pentagon officials said Tuesday....http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/world/middleeast/obama-syria-strike.html?_r=0
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  8. Vor dem Luftschlag kommt der Kampf um die Wahrheit...

    Während westliche Streitkräfte Bombardements in Syrien vorbereiten, tobt der Streit um die Deutung des Chemiewaffeneinsatzes. Aber was können Luftangriffe ausrichten?

    Die Vereinigten Staaten bereiten einen auf wenige Tage begrenzten Militärschlag gegen das syrische Regime vor. Laut US-Medien könnte der Angriff schon am Donnerstag erfolgen. Noch hat Präsident Barack Obama die endgültige Entscheidung nicht getroffen, war am Dienstagnachmittag zu hören; in der amerikanischen Hauptstadt heißt es aber, nur ein dramatisches Einlenken des syrischen Präsidenten Baschar al-Assad oder Russlands könne den Angriff noch verhindern. Der Sprecher des Weißen Hauses, Jay Carney, sagte am Abend:"Das syrische Regime ist für den Einsatz von Chemiewaffen am 21. August in der Nähe von Damaskus verantwortlich."

    Der Einsatz von Marschflugkörpern, die von US-Kriegsschiffen im Mittelmeer abzufeuern wären, und möglicherweise von Langstreckenbombern, soll ausdrücklich eine Strafaktion für den Giftgasangriff und die Verletzung "internationaler Normen" sein. Das Weiße Haus legt Wert darauf, dass ein Eingreifen der USA keine Parteinahme im syrischen Bürgerkrieg bedeute. Ob diese Unterscheidung nach den Maßstäben des Internationalen Recht Bestand hätte, ist unklar.....http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article119449198/Vor-dem-Luftschlag-kommt-der-Kampf-um-die-Wahrheit.html
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  9. Chemiewaffenarsenal ist nicht von oben zerstörbar...

    Die Anzeichen für einen nahenden Militärschlag in Syrien mehren sich. Ein Gespräch mit dem britischen Militärexperten und Regierungsberater Malcolm Chalmers über Chancen und Risiken der Luftschläge.

    Die britische Regierung setzt sich bereits lange mit noch größerem Nachdruck für die Unterstützung der syrischen Rebellen ein und hat schon vor Monaten von klaren Hinweisen auf einen Chemiewaffeneinsatz durch Assads Truppen gesprochen. Auch bei den Luftschlägen, die nun vorbereitet werden, dürften britische Einheiten eine wichtige Rolle spielen. Malcolm Chalmers berät die britische Regierung und den Verteidigungsausschuss des Unterhauses in strategischen Fragen. Er ist Forschungsdirektor des Königlichen Instituts der Vereinigten Streitkräfte für Verteidigungs- und Sicherheitsstudien, des wichtigsten militärischen Thinktanks in Großbritannien....http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article119448177/Chemiewaffenarsenal-ist-nicht-von-oben-zerstoerbar.html
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  10. Exclusive: Intercepted Calls Prove Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas, U.S. Spies Say....

    Last Wednesday, in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of a chemical weapons unit, demanding answers for a nerve agent strike that killed more than 1,000 people. Those conversations were overheard by U.S. intelligence services, The Cable has learned. And that is the major reason why American officials now say they're certain that the attacks were the work of the Bashar al-Assad regime -- and why the U.S. military is likely to attack that regime in a matter of days.

    But the intercept raises questions about culpability for the chemical massacre, even as it answers others: Was the attack on Aug. 21 the work of a Syrian officer overstepping his bounds? Or was the strike explicitly directed by senior members of the Assad regime? "It's unclear where control lies," one U.S. intelligence official told The Cable. "Is there just some sort of general blessing to use these things? Or are there explicit orders for each attack?"

    Nor are U.S. analysts sure of the Syrian military's rationale for launching the strike -- if it had a rationale at all. Perhaps it was a lone general putting a long-standing battle plan in motion; perhaps it was a miscalculation by the Assad government. Whatever the reason, the attack has triggered worldwide outrage, and put the Obama administration on the brink of launching a strike of its own in Syria. "We don't know exactly why it happened," the intelligence official added. "We just know it was pretty fucking stupid."

    American intelligence analysts are certain that chemical weapons were used on Aug. 21 -- the captured phone calls, combined with local doctors' accounts and video documentation of the tragedy -- are considered proof positive. That is why the U.S. government, from the president on down, has been unequivocal in its declarations that the Syrian military gassed thousands of civilians in the East Ghouta region.

    However, U.S. spy services still have not acquired the evidence traditionally considered to be the gold standard in chemical weapons cases: soil, blood, and other environmental samples that test positive for reactions with nerve agent. That's the kind of proof that America and its allies processed from earlier, small-scale attacks that the White House described in equivocal tones, and declined to muster a military response to in retaliation.....http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/27/exclusive_us_spies_say_intercepted_calls_prove_syrias_army_used_nerve_gas#.Uh1NwEOYvUQ.twitter
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  11. Australia backs action against Syria, with or without UN approval...

    CANBERRA - Australia, incoming chair of the U.N. Security Council, has endorsed possible retaliation against Syria over the use of chemical weapons, even if the council fails to agree on action.

    Australia, a close ally of the United States, is due to take over the rotating leadership of the council on Sunday, a role that requires it to assist council members to reach agreement.

    But Foreign Minister Bob Carr said that if it was proved the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons, the world had a mandate to respond, even if the United Nations failed to agree on such action.

    "We're moving to a stage where America and like-minded countries are contemplating what sort of response," Carr told reporters on Wednesday.

    "Our preference, everyone's preference, would be for action, a response, under United Nations auspices. But if that's not possible, the sheer horror of a government using chemical weapons against its people, using chemical weapons in any circumstances, mandates a response."

    The United States and its allies are gearing up for a probable military strike against Syria that could come within days and would be the most aggressive action by Western powers in Syria's two-and-a-half-year civil war.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Australia-backs-action-against-Syria-with-or-without-UN-approval-324495
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  12. U.S. intelligence has established timeline of Syrian chemical attack, officials say...

    The Obama administration believes that U.S. intelligence has established how Syrian government forces stored, assembled and launched the chemical weapons allegedly used in last week’s attack outside Damascus, according to U.S. officials.

    The administration is planning to release evidence, possibly as soon as Thursday, that it will say proves that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bears responsibility for what U.S. officials have called an “undeniable” chemical attack that killed hundreds on the outskirts of the Syrian capital.....http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-administration-lays-groundwork-for-probable-military-strike-against-syria/2013/08/27/538d072e-0f3c-11e3-bdf6-e4fc677d94a1_story.html?wprss=rss_homepage
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  13. Usa: "domani le prove che Assad ha usato armi chimiche contro i civili"...

    Lo riporta il Washington Post citando fonti dell'amministrazione Obama. A compilare il rapporto è la Direzione dell'Intelligence nazionale. Consultazioni in corso con gli alleati per il via all'attacco che potrebbe scattare nelle prossime ore....http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2013/08/28/news/usa_domani_le_prove_che_assad_ha_usato_armi_chimiche_contro_i_civili-65401131/?rss
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    1. Armes chimiques : le renseignement américain a espionné l'armée syrienne....

      Des conversations interceptées entre deux responsables du ministère syrien de la Défense prouvent l'usage d'armes chimiques, mais soulèvent d'autres questions.

      C'est une preuve supplémentaire de l'usage d'armes chimiques en Syrie. Les services de renseignement américains ont intercepté une conversation entre deux membres du ministère syrien de la Défense, juste après le bombardement de la banlieue de Damas qui a tué des centaines de personnes le 21 août, rapporte le site d'information Foreign Policy (en anglais), mardi 27 août.

      "Mercredi dernier, dans les heures qui ont suivi la terrifiante attaque chimique à l'est de Damas, un responsable du ministère syrien de la Défense a eu des conversations téléphoniques paniquées avec le chef de l'unité des armes chimiques, demandant des réponses sur la frappe à l'agent neurotoxique qui a tué plus de 1 000 personnes", écrit Foreign Policy.

      "Ces conversations ont été écoutées par les services de renseignement américains", a affirmé le magazine dans un communiqué. "C'est la principale raison pour laquelle les responsables américains disent maintenant qu'ils sont certains que ces attaques sont l'œuvre du régime de Bachar Al-Assad et pourquoi l'armée américaine s'apprête à attaquer ce régime dans les jours à venir." Pourtant, ces écoutes soulèvent d'autres questions. Un officier syrien a-t-il outrepassé ses prérogatives ? Ou bien le régime a-t-il explicitement commandé des attaques chimiques ? La conversation interceptée ne le dit pas.
      http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/revolte-en-syrie/armes-chimiques-le-renseignement-americain-a-espionne-l-armee-syrienne_398581.html#xtor=RSS-3-[]
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    2. New Zealand calls for UN Security Council agreement on chemical weapons use in Syria...

      WELLINGTON, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government on Wednesday urged the United Nations Security Council to agree a course of action in response to the reported use of chemical weapons in the civil war in Syria.

      "The grisly pictures and reports of chemical weapons attacks in recent days have prompted consideration of a range of options in various parts of the world. The New Zealand government remains committed to the Security Council as the appropriate vehicle to address this crisis. It has a clear legal basis for taking action and a clear responsibility to show leadership," Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said.

      "It is clear that international patience with Security Council inaction is wearing thin. We again urge the UNSC to show leadership and to take action against the reported use of chemical weapons," McCully said in a statement.

      "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is remaining engaged in the exchanges that are taking place. We have a very close interest in information verifying the use of chemical weapons in Syria and in evidence proving who was responsible," he said.

      "We have no intention in engaging in speculation or commentary about the way forward. This is a time in which both words and prospective actions should be evaluated with great care."
      http://english.cntv.cn/20130828/102334.shtml
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    3. Biden: No doubt Syria regime used nerve agent...US Vice President says Assad's government is responsible for "heinous use of chemical weapons" in Damascus attack....

      US Vice President Joe Biden said there is no doubt that Syria's government was responsible for a recent chemical attack in Damascus, as Western allies ramp up rhetoric in preparation for possible military strikes against Syria.

      Biden's comments on Tuesday made him the highest-ranking US official to say the Syrian government was behind the alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21, that aid agencies said killed at least 355 people and injured more than 3,000.

      The Syrian government denies it carried out the attack.

      "[...] There is no doubt that an essential, international norm has been violated. Chemical weapons have been used. Everyone acknowledges their use. No one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
      "And there's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Biden said at an American Legion's national convention.

      Biden said the Syrian government was the only actor in the two-year civil war that possessed and could deliver chemical weapons, adding that President Bashar al-Assad has blocked UN investigators from the site and has been bombing it for days.

      "The president believes and I believe that those who use chemical weapons against defenceless men, women, and children should and must be held accountable," Biden said.....http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/08/201382825511534906.html
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    4. Κάλυψη από τον Αραβικό Σύνδεσμο...Για επιπτώσεις σε ολόκληρη τη Μέση Ανατολή προειδοποιεί το Ιράν....

      Πολιτική κάλυψη σε ενδεχόμενη στρατιωτική επίθεση της Δύσης εναντίον της Συρίας προσέφερε χθες ο Αραβικός Σύνδεσμος. Η ένωση των 22 αραβικών κρατών, εκπρόσωποι των οποίων συνεδρίασαν στο Κάιρο, αποφάνθηκε ότι η συριακή κυβέρνηση φέρει την αποκλειστική ευθύνη για την επίθεση της περασμένης εβδομάδας με χημικά όπλα και αξίωσε «να παραπεμφθούν σε διεθνές δικαστήριο οι υπεύθυνοι γι’ αυτό το απεχθές έγκλημα». Επιπλέον, κάλεσε τα μέλη του Συμβουλίου Ασφαλείας του ΟΗΕ να υπερβούν τις διαφωνίες τους και να λάβουν «τις αναγκαίες αποφάσεις εναντίον των υπαιτίων».

      Διπλωματικές πηγές στο Κάιρο ανέφεραν ότι η απόφαση του Αραβικού Συνδέσμου ελήφθη υπό την πίεση των μοναρχιών του Περσικού Κόλπου και κυρίως της Σαουδικής Αραβίας και του Κατάρ, δύο κρατών που από την έναρξη του συριακού εμφυλίου πολέμου παίζουν πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο στην οικονομική και στρατιωτική ενίσχυση των Σύρων αντικαθεστωτικών. Kατά της απόφασης ψήφισαν Ιράκ και Λίβανος, όπου πλειοψηφεί ο σιιτικός πληθυσμός, όπως και η Αλγερία.....http://www.kathimerini.com.cy/index.php?pageaction=kat&modid=1&artid=144993
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    5. ΗΠΑ: Υπέκλεψαν συνομιλίες που δείχνουν ότι η επίθεση διαπράχθηκε από τις δυνάμεις του Άσαντ...

      Οι αμερικανικές υπηρεσίες Πληροφοριών υπέκλεψαν τηλεφωνικές συνομιλίες ενός «πανικόβλητου» αξιωματούχου του υπουργείου Άμυνας της Συρίας με τον διοικητή της Μονάδας των χημικών όπλων, μετά την επίθεση της περασμένης εβδομάδας στα ανατολικά περίχωρα της Δαμασκού, σύμφωνα με δημοσίευμα του περιοδικού Foreign Policy.

      «Τις ώρες που ακολούθησαν την τρομακτική επίθεση με χημικά όπλα ανατολικά της Δαμασκού, αξιωματούχος του συριακού υπουργείου Άμυνας είχε τηλεφωνικές συνομιλίες σε κατάσταση πανικού με τον διοικητή της μονάδας των χημικών όπλων, ζητώντας εξηγήσεις για την επίθεση με νευροπαραλυτικό αέριο που σκότωσε περισσότερους των 1.000 ανθρώπους», σύμφωνα με το περιοδικό......http://www.kathimerini.gr/4dcgi/_w_articles_kathremote_1_28/08/2013_515804
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  14. UK to put forward UN resolution...

    The UK is to put a resolution to the UN Security Council later on Wednesday "authorising necessary measures to protect civilians" in Syria.

    The resolution will be put forward at a meeting of the five permanent members of the council, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter.

    Earlier a team of UN weapons inspectors resumed work probing an alleged chemical weapons attack on 21 August.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on the council to act together.

    "The body interested with maintaining international peace and security cannot be 'missing in action'," Mr Ban said.

    "The council must at last find the unity to act. It must use its authority for peace," he went on.

    "We've always said we want the UN Security Council to live up to its responsibilities on Syria," Mr Cameron said in another message.

    "Today they have an opportunity to do that," he said. The draft resolution would condemn the "chemical weapons attack by Assad", he added.
    'Further destabilisation'

    Russia and China have previously vetoed resolutions critical of Syria and may block any text deemed to authorise military action.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that "attempts at a military solution will lead only to the further destabilisation" in Syria and the region.

    Mr Lavrov emphasised the need for a political solution in a phone call to the joint UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, the foreign ministry in Moscow said.....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23864124
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  15. UK National Security Council to meet...

    The UK PM is due to chair an emergency meeting on Syria, after Britain drafted a UN Security Council resolution authorising "necessary measures" to protect civilians in the country.

    David Cameron said the resolution condemned the "chemical weapons attack by [Syrian President] Assad".

    The resolution will be put forward at a meeting of the five permanent members of the council later in New York.

    Meanwhile, the UK National Security Council (NSC) meeting begins at midday.

    The Syrian government has denied it is responsible for the alleged chemical attack near Damascus on 21 August in which hundreds of people are reported to have died, blaming instead opposition figures.....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23864016
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  16. le Royaume-Uni va présenter un projet de résolution à l'ONU...

    Une intervention militaire en Syrie se dessine. Plusieurs pays mettent en garde les Etats-Unis, la France et le Royaume-Uni contre une action unilatérale.....http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/revolte-en-syrie/direct-syrie-la-grande-bretagne-va-presenter-un-projet-de-resolution-a-l-onu_398691.html#xtor=RSS-3-[]
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  17. Anglican leader warns Cameron not to 'rush to judgment' on Syria...

    (Reuters) - The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged British Prime Minister David Cameron not to "rush to judgment" over military action in Syria, warning it could have unforeseeable consequences across the Muslim world.

    Justin Welby's comments were published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper before meeting of Britain's National Security Council on Wednesday which Cameron will chair.

    Parliament will debate Britain's response to chemical weapons attacks in Syria on Thursday after Cameron cut short his holiday and recalled lawmakers (MPs) to address the issue.

    Welby, leader of the 80-million-member Anglican church, said members of parliament must be sure about the facts before acting in what is a "really delicate and dangerous situation.

    "The things MPs will have to bear in mind in what is going to be a very very difficult debate is firstly: are we sure about the facts on the ground?" he said.

    "Secondly: is it possible to have a carefully calibrated response, including armed force, if you are sure about the facts on the ground, that does not have unforeseeable ramifications across the whole Arab and Muslim world?"

    He acknowledged that people outside government, including himself, did not know what the true situation in Syria was....http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/28/us-syria-crisis-britain-archbishop-idUSBRE97R0CP20130828?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  18. Reino Unido presentará hoy en la ONU una resolución para “proteger civiles”....

    1. Los inspectores de la organización internacional reanudan su misión en Damasco
    2. La OTAN se reúne hoy en Bruselas para discutir su papel en la crisis siria
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    El primer ministro británico, David Cameron, ha anunciado que presentará hoy una resolución ante el Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas para que condene el ataque con armas químicas "por parte de [el presidente sirio, Bachar] El Asad" y autorice "las medidas necesarias" para proteger "a los civiles sirios".

    "Siempre hemos dicho que queremos que el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU esté a la altura de sus responsabilidades. Hoy tenemos la oportunidad de hacerlo", ha dicho Cameron a través de su cuenta de twitter. "El Reino Unido ha preparado un borrador de resolución para condenar el ataque con armas químicas por parte de Asad y que autorice las medidas necesarias para proteger civiles".

    Esta resolución "autorizará todas las medidas necesarias en virtud del capítulo VII de la Carta de Naciones Unidas", precisaron a la agencia France Presse fuentes del Gobierno británico. El capítulo VII está dedicado a "todas las acciones que representen una amenaza para la paz, ruptura de la paz y actos de agresión".....http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2013/08/28/actualidad/1377677769_789878.html
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  19. Türkei als "Flugzeugträger" für Schlag gegen Assad...

    Eine Woche nach dem mutmaßlichen Giftgaseinsatz in Syrien zeichnet sich ein Militäreinsatz ab. Eine Schlüsselrolle kommt dabei der Türkei zu, die befürchtet, von Giftgasraketen getroffen zu werden.

    Als direkte Nachbarin des Bürgerkriegslandes Syrien mit einer 900 Kilometer langen Grenze spielt die Türkei bei den Überlegungen für westliche Militärschläge gegen Präsident Baschar al-Assad eine wichtige Rolle. Sein Land sei zur Teilnahme an einer internationalen Koalition gegen Assad bereit, sagt Außenminister Ahmet Davutoglu, der im engen Kontakt mit seinem US-Kollegen John Kerry steht. Doch obwohl Ankara einen Sturz Assads anstrebt, ist eine Militärintervention in der Türkei heftig umstritten – und für Ministerpräsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan politisch riskant.

    Der frühere Assad-Partner Türkei ist heute ein Erzfeind des syrischen Staatsschefs. Erdogan und Davutoglu hatten Assad zu Beginn des syrischen Aufstandes vor zwei Jahren beschworen, die Lage mit politischen Reformen zu beruhigen. Assad hielt die Türken hin, tat aber nichts. Darauf schlug sich die Türkei auf die Seite der Assad-Gegner und erlaubte es den politischen und militärischen Organisationen der Regierungsgegner, sich auf türkischem Boden zu formieren.....http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article119459308/Tuerkei-als-Flugzeugtraeger-fuer-Schlag-gegen-Assad.html
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  20. Ban fordert mehr Zeit für Inspektoren in Syrien...

    Großbritannien will dem UN-Sicherheitsrat einen Resolutionsentwurf vorlegen, um Zivilisten in Syrien besser zu schützen. UN-Generalsekretär Ban verlangt mehr Zeit für die Inspektoren. Derweil gehen die Vorbereitungen für einen Militärschlag weiter. ....http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/plaene-fuer-militaerschlag-ban-fordert-mehr-zeit-fuer-inspektoren-in-syrien-12549780.html
    28/8/13

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  21. UN inspectors resume Syria attack probe...

    Inspections begin at site of alleged chemical attack, as UK plans to put forward resolution to UN on Syria.

    UN inspectors have left their Damascus hotel to carry out a second day of inspections at the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburb of Ghouta, witnesses say.

    A convoy of six vehicles was seen leaving the hotel on Wednesday morning, though it was unclear what the exact destination of the inspectors would be.

    The inspectors' first such visit on Monday was briefly suspended after the UN's convoy came under sniper firefrom unidentified gunmen, though they did visit two field hospitals to collect evidence.....http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/08/201382881449762460.html
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  22. Siria: el gas tóxico de la mentira...Por Jorge Luis Ubertalli...

    Se habla de la utilización de “gases tóxicos” por parte del Ejército sirio contra su propia población para justificar el bombardeo conjunto de EE.UU., Francia, Inglaterra y quien sabe quien más, a Siria, que quedaría destrozada en cuerpo y alma, al igual que Irak y Libia, si eso sucediese. O no, quizás ardería en toda la región un fuego difícil de apagar y que quemaría a los mismos invasores....http://www.telesurtv.net/articulos/2013/08/29/siria-el-gas-toxico-de-la-mentira-643.html
    29/8/13

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  23. Carla del Ponte to travel to Syria to investigate alleged chemical weapons strikes...

    Carla del Ponte, a member of the UN special commission on human rights violations and war crimes in Syria, is planning to travel to Damascus next week to investigate the alleged chemical weapons attacks, the RIA Novosti news agency reports, citing a well-informed diplomatic source.

    “Next week, Carla del Ponte will head for Syria to conduct her own investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons and establish those responsible. Details of her trip are currently being coordinated with the Syrian authorities,” the source said.

    The West has blamed the alleged chemical strikes on the Assad regime and called for military intervention. A team of UN inspectors are currently in Syria on a fact-finding mission. In May, Carla del Ponte said she strongly suspected the Syrian opposition might have used chemical weapons.
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_08_30/Carla-del-Ponte-to-travel-to-Syria-to-investigate-alleged-chemical-weapons-strikes-6292/
    30/8/13

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    1. Carla del Pontes Syrien-Besuch verschoben (Zusammenfassung 21.25)...

      Wegen eines massiven Drucks auf die Syrien-Untersuchungskommission hat Carla del Ponte, Vertreterin der Sonderkommission des UN-Menschenrechtsrates, ihre Syrien-Reise diplomatischen Quellen zufolge verschieben müssen.

      "Kommissionschef Paolo Pinheiro wurde massiv unter Druck gesetzt und sah sich gezwungen, Carla del Ponte mitzuteilen, dass sie nur als Mitglied seiner Kommission in seiner Begleitung nach Syrien reisen darf", sagte ein ranghoher Diplomat, der anonym bleiben wollte, am Dienstag in Moskau.

      Ihm zufolge hatte das offizielle Damaskus zuvor erklärt, dass Syrien nur den Besuch von Carla del Ponte akzeptieren würde, die Giftgasvorwürfe überprüfen sollte.

      Im vergangenen Mai hatte Del Ponte nicht ausgeschlossen, dass chemische Waffen in Syrien von Oppositionellen eingesetzt wurden. Die Schweizerin ist Mitglied der im August 2011 gebildeten Unabhängigen UN-Kommission für Syrien. Formell arbeitet das offizielle Damaskus mit dieser Kommission nicht zusammen.

      "Die syrischen Behörden halten Berichte der Kommission für nicht objektiv, weil Verbrechen der Aufständischen verschwiegen werden. Ein Besuch der Kommission in Syrien würde den Beginn einer Kooperation mit ihr bedeuten", sagte der Diplomat weiter.

      Die Regierung in Damaskus war gegen die Bildung der UN-Sonderkommission gewesen. Russland weigerte sich, die Resolution des UN-Menschenrechtsrates zur Gründung der unabhängigen Kommission zu unterstützen, arbeitet aber mit ihr zusammen. Zuletzt hatte die Kommission am 4. Juni ihren Bericht vorgelegt, in dem unter anderem vom Kampfstoffeinsatz die Rede war. Zugleich machte die Kommission keine Angaben darüber, von welcher Konfliktseite in Syrien Chemiewaffen angewandt wurden.
      http://de.rian.ru/politics/20130903/266799768.html
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  24. Οι ΗΠΑ δεν ξέρουν ποιός ελέγχει ένα μέρος των χημικών όπλων της Συρίας...

    Οι κατασκοπευτικές υπηρεσίες των ΗΠΑ δεν ξέρουν τώρα ποιός συγκεκριμένα ελέγχει ένα μέρος του οπλοστασίου χημικών όπλων στη Συρία στα κατεχόμενα εδάφη της αντιπολίτευσης, - μετέδωσε το πρακτορείο ειδήσεων Associated Press.

    Σαν πηγή αυτών των πληροφοριών το πρακτορείο ονόμασε 4 τέσσερις Αμερικανούς αξιωματούχους που κατέστησαν σαφές ότι ένα μέρος των πυρομαχικών με δηλητηριώδεις ουσίες μπορούσε να πέσει στα χέρια των δυνάμεων της αντιπολίτευσης.
    Διαβάστε ολόκληρο το κείμενο: http://greek.ruvr.ru/news/2013_08_30/238649983/
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  25. UN inspectors head to hospital in government-held Damascus...

    BEIRUT - A team of United Nations inspectors departed in three cars to a hospital in a government-held area of central Damascus to visit doctors on Friday, a Reuters witness said.

    The inspectors have spent the week visiting rebel-held areas on the outskirts of Damascus following reports of a chemical weapons attack last week that the opposition blames on President Bashar Assad. The Syrian government accuses the rebels of chemical weapons attacks on civilians and soldiers.

    The witness said the inspectors were not carrying body armor, indicating they would not cross into rebel-held territory.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/UN-inspectors-head-to-hospital-in-government-held-Damascus-324779
    30/8/13

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  26. U.S.: If we need legal justification for Syria strike, we'll produce one on our own....

    Obama calls Boehner to discuss the deliberations on Syria; State Department spokeswoman says nobody is talking about an 'Iraq-style intervention' when it comes to Syria....http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.544214
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  27. Mercenarios sirios admiten responsabilidad de ataque con armas químicas...

    Mercenarios sirios de Goutha, en los suburbios de Damasco (capital siria), admitieron su responsabilidad en el ataque perpetrado con armas químicas el pasado 21 de agosto, suceso en el que perdieron la vida al menos mil 300 personas.

    En una declaración a la corresponsal de la agencia Associated Press (AP), Dale Gavlak, los mercenarios señalaron que el "accidente" se produjo por el mal manejo de las armas químicas que les proporciona Arabia Saudita.

    Según explicó la periodista, médicos y residentes de Goutha creen que los mercenarios recibieron las armas químicas del jefe de la Inteligencia saudí, el príncipe Bandar bin Sultan, y que fueron ellos "los responsables de llevar a cabo el ataque con gas".

    De acuerdo con algunos testimonios de los mercenarios "no estaban propiamente entrenados sobre cómo manejar las armas químicas o incluso que no les habían dicho que las armas eran químicas", y dijeron que además "las armas iban destinadas al Frente Al Nursa, grupo afilado a Al Qaeda".

    La información obtenida por Dale Gavlak contradice completamente a los pretextos que airea el Gobierno de Estados Unidos (EE.UU.), que insiste en preparar una ofensiva contra Siria alegando que el uso de armas químicas es por parte del Gobierno y no de los mercenarios.

    El gobierno de Bashar Al Assad ha condenado en todas las oportunidades posibles el uso de estas armas. El Gobierno de Rusia ha recalcado que estas acusaciones de EE.UU. forman parte de una campaña internacional que lo que busca es justificar acciones guerreristas contra el país árabe.
    http://www.telesurtv.net/articulos/2013/08/31/mercenarios-sirios-admiten-responsabilidad-de-ataque-con-armas-quimicas-9337.html
    31/8/13

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    1. Un reportage associe l’attaque au gaz à Ghouta à l’opposition syrienne soutenue par les Etats-Unis...

      Un reportage publié par l’agence Mint Press News (MPN) basée à Minneapolis associe l’attaque aux armes chimiques à Ghouta, banlieue de Damas, aux forces d’opposition soutenues par les Etats-Unis et qui combattent le régime syrien. Ceci contredit catégoriquement les allégations américaines infondées selon lesquelles le président syrien Bachar al-Assad est responsable de l’attaque de Ghouta, affirmation qui sert de prétexte à Washington pour attaquer la Syrie.

      MNP a publié un article contenant les interviews de combattants de l’opposition se trouvant sur le terrain à Ghouta. Les deux auteurs de l’article sont les journalistes pigistes jordaniens Yahya Ababneh et Dale Gavlak, un correspondant de longue date de l’Associated Press, basé à Amman en Jordanie depuis plus de deux décennies et qui travaille actuellement pour l’AP, la National Public Radio ainsi que pour MPN.

      Parmi les personnes interviewées il y a Abu Abdel-Moneim dont le fils figure parmi les 13 combattants de l’opposition tués à l’intérieur d’un tunnel servant à stocker ce qui était apparemment des armes chimiques.

      Abdel-Moneim a dit que les armes avaient été fournies par un Saoudien nommé Abu Ayesha et qui dirige un bataillon rebelle. Il a décrit certaines de ces armes comme une « structure en forme de tube » tandis que d’autres ressemblaient à « d’énormes bouteilles de gaz. » Elles étaient entreposées dans des tunnels tandis que des combattants de l’opposition dormaient eux-mêmes dans des mosquées et des maisons privées avoisinantes.

      Une combattante qui a parlé à l’agence d’information s’est plainte, « Ils ne nous ont pas dit ce qu’étaient ces armes, ni comment les utiliser. Nous ne savions pas que c’étaient des armes chimiques. Nous n’imaginions absolument pas que c’était des armes chimiques. »

      Elle a dit, « Lorsque le prince saoudien Bandar donne de telles armes aux gens, il doit les donner à ceux qui savent les manipuler et les utiliser. »....http://www.mondialisation.ca/un-reportage-associe-lattaque-au-gaz-a-ghouta-a-lopposition-syrienne-soutenue-par-les-etats-unis/5347947?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=un-reportage-associe-lattaque-au-gaz-a-ghouta-a-lopposition-syrienne-soutenue-par-les-etats-unis
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    2. Комментарий Департамента информации и печати МИД России в связи с ситуацией вокруг расследований применения химического оружия в Сирии....

      Обращаем внимание на массированный. вброс в информационное пространство разного рода материалов, призванных – еще до появления результатов ооновского расследования - возложить ответственность за возможное применение химического оружия в Сирии на официальный Дамаск. Тем самым «готовится почва» для силовой акции против него. С учетом этого считаем возможным поделиться основными выводами российского анализа проб, изъятых с места инцидента с применением боевых отравляющих веществ в пригороде Алеппо - Хан аль-Асале.

      Напомним, что эта трагедия, в результате которой погибли 26 гражданских лиц и военнослужащих сирийской армии и еще 86 человек получили поражения различной степени, произошла 19 марта с.г. Результаты анализа проб, проведенного по просьбе сирийских властей российской лабораторией, сертифицированной Организацией по запрещению химического оружия, 9 июля были переданы Генеральному секретарю ООН в связи с обращением властей Сирии к последнему на предмет проведения независимого расследования данного эпизода. Основные выводы российских специалистов состоят в следующем:

      - примененный боеприпас не являлся штатным боеприпасом сирийской армии и был изготовлен кустарным способом по типу и параметрам реактивных неуправляемых снарядов, производимых на севере Сирии так называемой бригадой «Башаир Ан-Наср»;

      - для подрыва боеприпаса в качестве разрывного заряда был использован гексоген, который в штатных химических боеприпасах не применяется;

      - в пробах с боеприпаса и в образцах грунта обнаружены синтезированное не в промышленных условиях вещество нервно-паралитического действия зарин и диизопропилфторфосфат, который в годы Второй мировой войны использовался западными странами для целей химического оружия.

      Подчеркнем, что российский доклад предельно конкретен. Он представляет собой научно-технический документ объемом около 100 страниц с многочисленными таблицами и диаграммами спектрального анализа проб. Рассчитываем, что он существенно поможет расследованию данного инцидента по линии ООН. К сожалению, оно до сих пор по сути так и не началось.

      Внимание тех, кто стремится заведомо и всегда возлагать всю ответственность за происходящее на официальные власти САР, целиком переключилось на события в Восточной Гуте. Но и там – «избирательность с изъяном». Налицо попытки, в частности, предать забвению представленные официальным Дамаском в ООН данные о случаях поражения отравляющими веществами военнослужащих сирийской армии 22, 24 и 25 августа при обнаружении в пригороде сирийской столицы материалов, оборудования и емкостей со следами зарина. Как известно, состояние пострадавших военнослужащих было освидетельствовано членами группы экспертов ООН во главе с О.Сельстремом. Очевидно, что любое объективное расследование инцидента 21 августа в Восточной Гуте невозможно без учета и этих обстоятельств.

      С учетом вышеизложенного приветствуем заявление Генерального секретаря ООН Пан Ги Муна о том, что группа О.Сельстрема намерена в ближайшее время возвратиться в Сирию для продолжения работы, в том числе в районе Хан аль-Асаля.
      http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/14831876F95D2F5944257BDC005A5FCB
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    3. Syrie: Moscou salue le retour prochain des inspecteurs de l'Onu...

      Moscou salue la déclaration du secrétaire général de l'Onu Ban Ki-moon sur le retour prochain en Syrie des inspecteurs onusiens chargés d'enquêter sur l'usage d'armes chimiques dans ce pays, rapporte mercredi le ministère russe des Affaires étrangères.

      "Nous saluons la déclaration du secrétaire général de l'Onu Ban Ki-moon sur le retour prochain en Syrie du groupe d'inspecteurs dirigé par Aake Sellström pour continuer le travail, y compris à Khan-Al-Assal", lit-on dans le communiqué.

      Les experts des Nations unies reviendront en Syrie pour enquêter sur d'autres cas d'emploi présumé d'armes chimiques que l'attaque du 21 août dernier dans une banlieue de Damas.

      Les échantillons que les experts onusiens ont déjà prélevés dans une banlieue de Damas seront remis à la Haye pour analyse, selon le secrétaire général.

      L'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques (OIAC) avait antérieurement rapporté qu'une analyse complète des données recueillies par les inspecteurs de l'Onu serait prête dans trois semaines au plus tôt.
      http://fr.rian.ru/world/20130904/199214086.html
      4/9/13

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    4. Syrie: l'obus chimique d'Alep est de fabrication artisanale (experts russes)...

      L'obus chimique utilisé dans la ville syrienne d'Alep le 19 mars n'est pas une munition régulière de l'armée syrienne, mais un engin de fabrication artisanale, a annoncé mercredi le ministère russe des Affaires étrangères se référant aux experts russes.

      "L'obus utilisé à Alep n'est pas une munition régulière de l'armée syrienne, mais un engin de fabrication artisanale dont le type et les paramètres ressemblent à deux des roquettes non guidées fabriquées par la brigade Bashayer Al Nasr dans le nord de la Syrie", a indiqué le ministère.

      Début juillet, le représentant permanent de la Russie auprès de l'ONU Vitali Tchourkine a annoncé que l'obus utilisé par les rebelles syriens le 19 mars près d'Alep contenait du gaz sarin. Les résultats d'analyse effectuée par les experts de laboratoires russes certifiés par l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques (OIAC) ont été transmis au secrétaire général de l'organisation, Ban Ki-moon.

      Le 26 août dernier, le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov a déclaré que l'obus qui a explosé le 21 août dans une banlieue de Damas et renfermant probablement des substances chimiques de combat ressemblait à celui qui avait explosé en mars dernier près d'Alep.
      http://fr.rian.ru/world/20130904/199214036.html
      4/9/13

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    5. Οι Ρώσοι κατηγορούν τους Σύρους αντάρτες για επίθεση με χημικά...

      Μια έκθεση Ρώσων ειδικών καταδεικνύει ότι το αυτοσχέδιο όπλο το οποίο είχε χρησιμοποιηθεί στην επίθεση με χημικά κοντά στην πόλη Χαλέπι τον Μάρτιο φέτος ήταν παρόμοιο με αυτά που κατασκευάζουν οι αντάρτες, όπως ανακοίνωσε σήμερα το ρωσικό υπουργείο Εξωτερικών.

      Στην ανακοίνωση του ρωσικού ΥΠΕΞ υποστηρίζεται ότι τα ευρήματα αυτά έχουν αγνοηθεί και ότι οι χώρες οι οποίες κατηγορούν τη συριακή κυβέρνηση για την επίθεση με χημικά όπλα σε προάστιο της Δαμασκού την 21η Αυγούστου υποβαθμίζουν τα αποδεικτικά στοιχεία περί του αντιθέτου.
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      4/9/13

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    6. Russia says probe into use of chemical weapons in Aleppo not started yet...

      MOSCOW, September 4 (Itar-Tass) - The international investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Aleppo, a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, has not started in earnest yet, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, September 4.

      It said the report prepared by Russian exerts and handed over to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would help determine all the circumstances of this incident.

      On August 14, Syria agreed to receive U.N. inspectors for a probe into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country. By agreement with the Syrian government they will investigate three such instances at the same time.

      On August 28, U.N. experts visited Zamalka, an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, where chemical weapons were allegedly used.

      On the first day of their work on August 26, the U.N. inspectors took samples at the site of an alleged chemical attack and talked with survivor and witnesses.

      The Team, led by Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, probed the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Government at Khan al-Asal, as well as two other allegations reported by Member States. The team was working in cooperation with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW) and the U.N. World Health Organisation (WHO).

      U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the use of any chemical weapons in Syria would amount to a “crime against humanity” and there would be “serious consequences” for the perpetrators.

      “Any use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anybody, under any circumstances, would violate international law,” he said. “Such a crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator.”....http://www.itar-tass.com/c32/864698.html
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    7. Russia releases key findings on chemical attack near Aleppo indicating similarity with rebel-made weapons...

      Probes from Khan al-Assal show chemicals used in the March 19 attack did not belong to standard Syrian army ammunition, and that the shell carrying the substance was similar to those made by a rebel fighter group, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

      A statement released by the ministry on Wednesday particularly drew attention to the “massive stove-piping of various information aimed at placing the responsibility for the alleged chemical weapons use in Syria on Damascus, even though the results of the UN investigation have not yet been revealed.”

      By such means “the way is being paved for military action” against Damascus, the ministry pointed out.

      But the samples taken at the site of the March 19 attack and analyzed by Russian experts indicate that a projectile carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin was most likely fired at Khan al-Assal by the rebels, the ministry statement suggests, outlining the 100-page report handed over to the UN by Russia.

      The key points of the report have been given as follows:

      • the shell used in the incident “does not belong to the standard ammunition of the Syrian army and was crudely according to type and parameters of the rocket-propelled unguided missiles manufactured in the north of Syria by the so-called Bashair al-Nasr brigade”;

      • RDX, which is also known as hexogen or cyclonite, was used as the bursting charge for the shell, and it is “not used in standard chemical munitions”;

      • soil and shell samples contain “the non-industrially synthesized nerve agent sarin and diisopropylfluorophosphate,” which was “used by Western states for producing chemical weapons during World War II.”

      The findings of the report are “extremely specific,” as they mostly consist of scientific and technical data from probes’ analysis, the ministry stressed, adding that this data can “substantially aid” the UN investigation of the incident.

      While focusing on the Khan al-Assal attack on March 19, in which at least 26 civilians and Syrian army soldiers were killed, and 86 more were injured, the Russian Foreign Ministry also criticized the “flawed selective approach” of certain states in reporting the recent incidents of alleged chemical weapons use in August.....http://rt.com/news/chemical-aleppo-findings-russia-417/
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  28. US notes yearlong escalation of chemical weapons use in Syria...Officials knew of at least 11 incidents before the August 21 attack the US says killed 1,429, the LA Times reports...

    According to a report in the Los Angeles Times late Friday, top US lawmakers were first briefed on the use of such weapons in July 2012 — a month before US President Barack Obama would announce his “red lines.” US officials who saw the intelligence, however, said the intelligence for that incident was inconclusive.

    But it was the beginning of a stream of information on the escalating use of chemical weapons by the regime.

    On Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the administration knew of at least 11 incidents where Assad used chemical weapons even before the August attack, which is more than double the number the US had previously divulged.

    But the administration did not go public with the information, saying that it believed Assad used chemical weapons only in April this year, a month after a March sarin attack in Syria went awry and also killed government troops.

    “The president didn’t believe it was a compelling enough case to win the support of the American people and the world,” Kerry told lawmakers when he was asked why the US didn’t push for military action in April.

    Chemical attacks, said US officials cited in the report, started small — for the “psychological impact” — and grew larger as they were met with no international response. in some cases, Assad forces used a single shell in a given area, killing 10 people at a time, or less.

    In June this year, as the evidence was becoming hard to ignore, according to the report, White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes announced that “our intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year.”

    He cited four attacks: March 19 and April 13 near Aleppo; May 14 in the town of Qasr Abu Samra; and a May 23 attack in the eastern part of Damascus.....http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-saw-yearlong-escalation-of-chemical-weapons-use-in-syria/
    7/9/13

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  29. Syrian rebel groups sought to buy materials for chemical weapons, prosecutors say...

    A public prosecutor completed his indictment as part of the probe into the chemicals seized in the southern province of Hatay on Sept. 12, claiming that jihadist Syrian rebel groups were seeking to buy materials that could be used to produce highly toxic sarin gas.

    The indictment, which included transcripts of several phone conversations between the suspects involved, said that a 35-year-old Syrian citizen, identified as Hytham Qassap, established a connection with a network in Turkey in order to procure chemical materials for the al-Nusra Front and jihadist Ahrar al-Sham Brigades.

    The indictment rejected the legitimacy of the suspects’ claim that they were unaware the chemicals they tried to obtain could be used to produce sarin gas.

    “The suspects have pleaded not guilty saying that they had not been aware the materials they had tried to obtain could have been used to make sarin gas. Suspects have been consistenly providing conflicting and incoherent facts on this matter,” the indictment said.

    Prosecutors also indicated that Turkish dealers of the chemical materials told the prime suspect Qassap during their phone conversations that two of the eight chemicals he was trying to acquire were subject to state approval.

    The indictment also contained Qassap’s testimony where he confessed his links with the Ahrar al-Sham Brigades and moved to the city of Antakya following the instructions of its leader, Abu Walid. “After I arrived in Antakya, other rebel groups had come into contact with me. While some had asked me for medicine and other humanitarian aid supplies, others wanted to obtain military equipment,” he told prosecutors.

    A total of 11 people were arrested during the investigation launched late May after police received a tip suggesting that some Syrian rebel groups were looking to procure materials that could be used to produce chemical weapons.

    Qassap and five Turkish suspects have been arrested while five others have been released. The other Turkish suspects were also released after lab tests proved that chemicals seized during the operation were not sarin gas.
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syrian-rebel-groups-sought-to-buy-materials-for-chemical-weapons-prosecutors-say.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54365&NewsCatID=341
    12/9/13

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    1. Сирийски ислямисти опитали да се сдобият в Турция с химикали за зарин...Сириец може да получи до 25 г. затвор от турски съд ...

      Ислямистки бунтовнически групировки в Сирия са се опитали да се сдобият в Турция с химикали, които биха им позволили да създадат отровния газ зарин, съобщават турски вестници, цитирани от ДПА.

      Прокурор в турския град Адана е завършил обвинителния акт срещу 35-годишен сириец, арестуван през май, за когото се твърди, че се опитал да се сдобие с химически вещества за свързаните с Ал Кайда организации Джебхат ан Нусра и Ахрар аш Шам. Обвинителният акт се основава на подслушани телефонни разговори, пишат турските вестници "Миллиет" и "Радикал."....http://www.dnes.bg/balkani/2013/09/13/siriiski-isliamisti-opitali-da-se-sdobiiat-v-turciia-s-himikali-za-zarin.199307
      13/9/13

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    2. Turkish prosecutors indict Syrian rebels for seeking chemical weapons....

      A court indictment by the Turkish prosecutors into the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian rebels has once again highlighted fears this week that sarin toxic gas was used by the opposition and not the Assad government.

      The prosecutor in the Turkish city of Adana has issued a 132-page indictment, alleging that six men of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and Ahrar ash-Sham tried to seek out chemicals with the intent to produce the nerve agent, sarin gas, a number of Turkish publications reported.

      The main suspect in the case, 35-year-old Syrian-national Hytham Qassap has been charged with “being a member of a terrorist organization” and “attempting to acquire weapons for a terrorist organization.” The other 5, all Turkish nationals are being charged with “attempting to acquire weapons for a terrorist organization.”

      The indictment alleges that Qassap tried to setup a network in Turkey in order to obtain chemical materials for the al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham Brigades. Citing telephone calls made by the cell, the prosecution believes that the group ordered at least ten tons of chemicals, Al-Alam News Network reports.

      The prosecution also dismissed claims that the suspects were unaware of their wrong doing. “The claim that the suspects didn’t know about the possibility of producing sarin nerve gas from the chemicals they tried to buy is not true which was established when they were testifying,” the document reads.

      Meanwhile all six suspects have pleaded not guilty. “The suspects have pleaded not guilty saying that they had not been aware the materials they had tried to obtain could have been used to make sarin gas. Suspects have been consistently providing conflicting and incoherent facts on this matter,” the indictment said.

      If convicted, Qassab faces a 25 year prison sentence, while his accomplices face 15 years prison terms.

      The six men were a part of a group of 11 people arrested in their safe house in Adana on May 23, 2013. Their apprehension came about after surveillance by Turkish police who’d received a tip that Syrian jihadists were trying to acquire two government-regulated military-grade chemical substances. Five of the detained were released from custody after questioning, background checks and after lab tests proved that chemicals seized during the arrest were not sarin gas.....http://rt.com/news/turkey-syria-chemical-weapons-850/
      14/9/13

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  30. Syrian opposition alleges new poison gas attack...

    (Reuters) - Opposition activists again accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of using poison gas in Syria's civil war on Thursday, and said victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth.

    The activists told Reuters two shells loaded with gas hit a rebel-held area in the town of Nabak, 68 km (40 miles) northeast of Damascus, on a major highway in the Qalamoun region. They reported seven casualties.

    Separately, the Syrian Revolution Coordinators Union also accused Assad's forces of using poison gas.

    "We have documented nine casualties from poison gas used by the regime in neighborhoods of Nabak," it said on its Facebook page.

    A nerve gas attack killed hundreds of people in rebel-held neighborhoods on the edge of Damascus on August 21. Each side blamed the other.

    Assad subsequently agreed to give up his chemical weapons arsenal under a deal struck between Moscow and Washington that averted a U.S. attack on Damascus, and international inspectors have begun work on dismantling Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

    Opposition groups have accused Assad's forces of using chemical weapons several times before and since the August 21 incident.

    Reuters cannot verify reports in Syria due to reporting restrictions. It was not clear what kind of gas, if any, might have been used in Nabak and there was no immediate comment from Syrian authorities.

    "Seven men are reported ill so far. They have swollen limbs and foam coming out of their mouths," said an activist calling himself Amer al-Qalamouni.

    "No doctors have got to them yet because Nabak is under ferocious bombardment and there are very few medical staff left."

    Amir Kazk, another activist in Nabak, said the two shells were part of a heavy barrage that hit the Tariq al-Mashfa district near the center of the town. The source of the fire, he added, appeared to be an army barracks on a hill in the nearby Deir Attiya area.......http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/05/us-syria-crisis-chemical-idUSBRE9B410C20131205?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
    5/12/13

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  31. Η Συρία χαρακτήρισε ως ψέμα τις νέες πληροφορίες για τη χρήση χημικών όπλων ...

    Η συριακή κυβέρνηση χαρακτήρισε τις πληροφορίες για τη χρήση χημικών όπλων ως απόλυτο ψέμα και προσπάθεια των στασιαστών να αντισταθμίσουν την ήττα τους στο πεδίο της μάχης, - μετέδωσε το πρακτορείο SANA.

    Την Πέμπτη η αντιπολίτευση ανακοίνωσε νέα στοιχεία για τη χρήση χημικών όπλων από τις Αρχές εναντίον των στασιαστών. Όπως προκύπτει από τις δηλώσεις της, 7 άνθρωποι τραυματίστηκαν λόγω της εκτόξευσης δύο βλημάτων με δηλητηριώδες αέριο εναντίον των θέσεων της αντιπολίτευσης στην περιοχή της πόλης Ναμπάκ.

    Σύμφωνα με τις πληροφορίες των ΜΜΕ της Συρίας, που δημοσιεύθηκαν την Πέμπτη ότι ο συριακός στρατός πήρε όλη την πόλη Ναμπάκ υπό τον έλεγχό του.
    Διαβάστε ολόκληρο το κείμενο: http://greek.ruvr.ru/news/2013_12_06/254698095/
    6/12/13

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  32. Washington knew Syrian rebels could produce sarin gas but “cherry-picked” intel to blame President Assad for the Aug. 21 attack on Ghouta, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed, citing senior US security sources......

    The report was published in the London Review of Books after two of Hersh’s regular publishers, The New Yorker and The Washington Post, turned the article down.

    Hersh, whose Pulitzers were for his exposes on American military misconduct in the Iraq and Vietnam wars, got his information on Syria from whistle-blowing acting and former intelligence and military officers, who for security reasons were not identified in the report.

    According to Hersh’s findings, months before the chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus, which almost prompted US air strikes on Syria, “the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports… citing evidence that the Al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity.”

    The attack took place on August 21, the same day UN inspectors arrived in Damascus to investigate allegations of use of chemical weapons. The casualty figures have ranged from several hundred to more than 1,400 deaths.

    Before the attack, the Obama administration repeatedly described the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a “red line,” which would signal the US could intervene in the conflict.

    Hersh wrote that he does not believe the intelligence data, pointing at the rebels’ having capability for making sarin, could have in any way escaped the White House’s attention.

    “Already by late May, the senior intelligence consultant told me, the CIA had briefed the Obama administration on Al-Nusra and its work with sarin,” he wrote.

    Obama’s laying the blame for the nerve gas attack on Assad’s forces, completely disregarding Al-Nusra as a suspect in the case, is thus described in the report as the administration’s having “cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.”

    “The cherry-picking was similar to the process used to justify the Iraq war,” Hersh wrote.

    It’s because of the lack of sufficient evidence against Assad that Obama quickly abandoned his plan for military strikes.

    “Any possibility of military action was definitively averted on 26 September when the administration joined Russia in approving a draft UN resolution calling on the Assad government to get rid of its chemical arsenal,” the report reads. “Obama’s retreat brought relief to many senior military officers. (One high-level special operations adviser told me that the ill-conceived American missile attack on Syrian military airfields and missile emplacements, as initially envisaged by the White House, would have been ‘like providing close air support for al-Nusra’.)”

    The investigative journalist then points at an annual budget for all national intelligence programs, leaked to the media by Edward Snowden and partly published by The Washington Post. According to the document, by the time of the Eastern Ghouta chemical attack, the NSA “no longer had access to the conversations of the top military leadership in Syria, which would have included crucial communications from Assad, such as orders for a nerve gas attack”. That puts to question the confidence with which Obama spoke of Assad’s responsibility for the deaths........http://rt.com/news/us-syria-sarin-report-932/
    9/12/13

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  33. Attaques chimiques en Syrie: un journaliste américain accuse Obama de manipulation....

    Par LEXPRESS.fr, publié le 10/12/2013 à 17:25

    Un journaliste américain affirme que Barack Obama aurait rejoué le scénario des armes de destruction massives en Irak pour justifier des frappes en Syrie. Mais le sérieux de son enquête est mis en doute.

    "Barack Obama n'a pas raconté toute l'histoire." Seymour Hersh, un journaliste d'investigation américain, met en cause le président américain. Selon son enquête, publiée sur la London Review of Books, l'administration américaine aurait omis de mentionner des preuves indiquant que le régime syrien n'était pas nécessairement responsable de l'attaque au gaz sarin qui lui est imputée.

    Le 21 août 2013, 1400 personnes, selon les autrorités américaines, dont plusieurs centaines d'enfants, ont trouvé la mort dans une attaque chimique dans la Ghouta, la banlieue de Damas. Lors d'un discours télévisé, le 10 septembre, Barack Obama accusait le régime syrien d'être l'auteur de ce massacre. Le président affirmait avoir des preuves que la "ligne rouge" -l'utilisation d'armes chimiques- avait été franchie par Bachar el-Assad et envisageait alors des frappes aériennes américaines contre des positions du régime syrien.
    Une manipulation similaire à celle utilisée pour la guerre en Irak?

    Seymour Hersh met en doute ces preuves. Les Américains auraient omis de tenir compte de preuves selon lesquelles le front Al-Nosra, un groupe djihadiste affilié à Al-Qaida, aurait été en mesure de produire du gaz sarin. "Lorsque l'attaque a eu lieu, Al-Nosra aurait dû être suspecté, mais l'administration a sélectionné ses informations pour justifier une attaque contre Assad", écrit le journaliste.

    Selon lui, l'administration Obama ne s'appuyait pas sur des renseignements interceptés en temps réel, mais sur des conversations antérieures à l'attaque. "Ce n'était pas une description des événements spécifiques qui ont mené à l'attaque du 21 août, mais le détail d'un processus que l'armée syrienne aurait suivi pour n'importe quelle attaque chimique", affirme Seymour Hersh. "Le mécanisme de sélection a été analogue à celui utilisé pour justifier la guerre en Irak", continue-t-il.
    Des journaux américains ont renoncé à publier l'enquête

    Le journaliste récompensé par le prix Pulitzer en 1970 pour avoir révélé le massacre de My Lai au Viêt Nam écrit régulièrement pour le New Yorker, pour lequel il s'est intéressé à la torture de prisonniers irakiens à Abou Ghraib.

    Mais cette fois, selon Le Monde, le Washington Post a refusé de publier l'article de Seymour Hersh, estimant que les sources utilisées ne "correspondaient pas à [ses] normes". Le New Yorker n'a pas non plus souhaité publier cette enquête...........http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/proche-moyen-orient/attaques-chimiques-en-syrie-un-journaliste-americain-accuse-obama-de-manipulation_1306527.html#w93OgfyQ6Llk4akE.99
    10/12/13

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  34. Syrie: utilisation d'armes chimiques probable sur 5 sites, selon l'ONU....

    Des armes chimiques ont été utilisées, de manière probable ou certaine, à cinq reprises dans le conflit syrien, affirme le rapport final des inspecteurs de l'ONU transmis jeudi à Ban Ki-moon.

    Le rapport cite des "preuves" ou des "informations crédibles" qui tendent à prouver cette utilisation dans la Ghouta près de Damas, à Khan al-Assal (près d'Alep, nord), à Jobar, à Saraqeb (nord-ouest) et à Achrafié Sahnaya. En revanche, les indices ne sont pas jugés concluants à Bahhariyé, ni à Cheikh Maqsoud (un faubourg d'Alep).

    Le rapport "conclut que des armes chimiques ont été utilisées dans le conflit en cours entre les parties en Syrie", mais il ne désigne pas les responsables de ces attaques probables à l'arme chimique car il n'entrait pas dans le cadre du mandat des inspecteurs de le faire.

    Le document confirme ce que disait le rapport préliminaire des inspecteurs, remis le 16 septembre au secrétaire général de l'ONU, à propos du massacre à l'arme chimique commis selon les occidentaux par les forces du régime le 21 août. La mission "a recueilli des preuves flagrantes et convaincantes de l'utilisation d'armes chimiques contre des civils, dont des enfants, à une échelle relativement large dans la région de la Ghouta de Damas le 21 août".

    En ce qui concerne Khan al-Assal, où pouvoir et opposition s'accusent mutuellement d'avoir employé des armes chimiques, la mission "a recueilli des informations crédibles qui corroborent les accusations d'utilisation d'armes chimiques le 19 mars 2013 contre des soldats et des civils".

    A Jobar, près de Damas, les inspecteurs ont trouvé "des preuves concordant avec l'utilisation probable d'armes chimiques le 24 août 2013 à une échelle relativement faible contre des soldats", sans toutefois pouvoir être formels, en l'absence notamment d'informations fiables sur le système de lancement de ces armes.

    A Saraqeb (nord-ouest), "les preuves récoltées suggèrent que des armes chimiques ont été utilisées le 24 août à faible échelle contre des civils".

    A Achrafié Sahnaya, les indices récoltés -- qui sont généralement des témoignages, débris de munitions, échantillons de terre et de sang -- "suggèrent" l'utilisation d'armes chimiques le 25 août "à faible échelle contre des soldats", sans encore une fois constituer des preuves formelles, selon les inspecteurs de l'ONU.

    Enfin à Bahhariyé (22 août) et Cheikh Maqsoud (13 avril), les enquêteurs n'ont "pas pu corroborer les accusations" sur le recours à l'arme chimique. A Bahhariyé, les tests sur des échantillons de sang recueillis par le gouvernement syrien "ont été négatifs".

    Le gouvernement syrien avait accusé l'opposition d'avoir eu recours à l'arme chimique à Khan al-Assal, Jobar, Achrafié Sahnaya et Bahhariyé.
    AFP
    http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_syrie-utilisation-d-armes-chimiques-probable-ou-certaine-sur-5-sites-selon-l-onu?id=8156519
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  35. UN: chemical arms used 5 times in Syria...

    A U.N. report released on Thursday concluded that chemical weapons have been used at least five times during the 2 1/2-year civil war, which has killed more than 100,000 people.

    “The United Nations Mission concludes that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic,” Agence France-Presse quoted the report, which was prepared by a team of experts, as saying.

    Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of the seven attacks investigated by U.N. experts in Syria, the report stated.

    The deadly nerve agent sarin was also likely used in four incidents.

    The report was presented on Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by Ake Sellstrom, the head of the team of experts on chemical weapons. It has been distributed to Security Council members and Ban was due to present it to the General Assembly on Friday.

    When he received the report, Ban called the use of chemical weapons “a grave violation of international law and an affront to our shared humanity.”

    “We need to remain vigilant to ensure that these awful weapons are eliminated, not only in Syria, but everywhere.”

    Activists and oppositions groups alleged that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons against civilians in a Damascus neighborhood on Aug. 21.

    Images of dead children from the Eastern Ghouta neighborhood compelled the international community to sound the alarm.

    President Assad’s government agreed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal after the Aug. 21 Ghouta attack, which had led to threats of U.S. air strikes. Syria also acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

    The U.N. report concluded that the banned chemical weapons were used during the incidence.

    The final report said the mission “collected clear and convincing evidence that chemical weapons were used also against civilians, including children, on a relatively large scale” on that day in Ghouta, AFP reported.

    “A number of patients/survivors were clearly diagnosed as intoxicated by an organophosphorous compound,” the report added.

    “Blood and urine samples from the same patients were found positive for sarin and sarin signatures.”

    The Syrian leader has admitted his forces hold chemical weapons, and has vowed to surrender them to international experts. But he insists his forces did not target civilians.

    The U.N. said it could not corroborate their use in two of seven sites studied - Bahhariyeh and Sheik Maqsood.

    The report does not attribute blame for the attacks, as this was beyond the mandate given the team by the U.N. Security Council........http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/12/13/Syria-used-chemicals-multiple-times-U-N-.html
    13/12/13

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  36. Η χρήση των χημικών όπλων έχει επιβεβαιωθεί σε 5 σημεία στη Συρία ....

    Ο Γενικός Γραμματέας του ΟΗΕ Μπαν Κι Μουν έλαβε την έκθεση με τα αποτελέσματα της έρευνας για τη χρήση χημικών όπλων στη Συρία. Το έγγραφο ετοιμάστηκε από τον Σουηδό καθηγητή Όκε Σελστριόμ, ο οποίος καθοδηγούσε το έργο των επιθεωρητών.

    Η ομάδα εμπειρογνωμόνων του ΟΗΕ τους τελευταίους μήνες ασχολήθηκε με τη συλλογή και ανάλυση των πληροφοριών σχετικά με επτά περιστατικά. Το γεγονός χρήσης χημικών όπλων επιβεβαιώθηκε σε πέντε περιπτώσεις: στο Χαν-αλ-Ασάλ στις 19 Μαρτίου, στο Σαρακέμπε στις 29 Απριλίου, στη Γκούτα στις 21 Αυγούστου, στη Τζομπάρα στις 24 Αυγούστου και στο Ασραφιέ-Σαχναέ στις 25 Αυγούστου.

    Νωρίτερα είχε αναφερθεί ότι στη Γκούτα χρησιμοποιήθηκε το δηλητηριώδες αέριο σαρίν.
    Διαβάστε ολόκληρο το κείμενο: http://greek.ruvr.ru/news/2013_12_13/255564525/
    13/12/13

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  37. Syria biological weapons scare another way to justify US ‘armed struggle policy’...

    The US continues to demonize the Syrian government while Washington is looking for ways to balance arms supplies to the rebels against Geneva talks, anti-war activist Brian Becker told RT, claiming that America’s ultimate goal is to remove Assad.

    On Wednesday, US intelligence chief James Clapper abruptly warned senators that Syria possess the capability to produce biological weapons.

    “We judge that some elements of Syria’s biological warfare program might have advanced beyond the research and development stage and might be capable of limited agent production, based on the duration of its longstanding program,” Clapper, director of national intelligence, said in a written statement presented to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    Clapper also warned that the Syrian conflict had become a “huge magnet” for Islamist extremists, claiming that those elements pose a direct danger to US and its allies, as around 7,000 foreign fighters are joined with 26,000 fighters deemed to be “extremists.”

    Brian Becker, director of the Anti-War Answer Coalition, told RT that the US government is once again trying to keep up public rationales for carrying out an armed civil war policy in Syria................http://rt.com/op-edge/us-syria-biological-weapons-385/
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  38. Syrian government theories that rebels used nerve gas are 'poor:' U.N. expert...

    (Reuters) - Syrian authorities who blamed the opposition for a deadly sarin gas attack last August have failed to present a plausible theory for how the rebels could have obtained the nerve agent, a U.N. investigator said in an interview published on Thursday.

    France, Britain and the United States accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of carrying out the August 21 attack in which hundreds of people, including women and children, were killed. Syria and its ally Russia said it was rebel fighters who unleashed the chemical weapon.

    Without categorically saying which side was to blame, chief United Nations investigator Ake Sellstrom said it was "difficult to see" how the opposition could have weaponized the toxins.

    He told CBRNe World, a specialist publication on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, that he had asked Syrian authorities several times to back up their claim that rebels fired the weapons.

    "They have quite poor theories: they talk about smuggling through Turkey, labs in Iraq and I asked them, pointedly, what about your own stores, have your own stores been stripped of anything, have you dropped a bomb that has been claimed, bombs that can be recovered by the opposition? They denied that.

    "To me it is strange. If they really want to blame the opposition they should have a good story as to how they got hold of the munitions, and they didn't take the chance to deliver that story," Sellstrom said, in rare public comments from a leading figure in the inquiry.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/30/us-syria-crisis-chemical-idUSBREA0S19720140130?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
    30/1/14

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  39. Moscou n'exclut pas la possibilité d'une nouvelle attaque chimique de la part du groupe djihadiste Etat islamique (EI), a indiqué vendredi à RIA Novosti Mikhaïl Oulianov, directeur du département de la non-prolifération et du contrôle des armements du ministère russe des Affaires étrangères...

    Selon lui, il faut prendre très au sérieux les informations transmises par Damas à l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armées chimiques (OIAC), selon lesquelles l'EI a utilisé du chlore en Syrie.

    "Autant que je sache, cette information a été fournie par la Syrie à l'OIAC et au Comité 1540 du Conseil de sécurité de l'Onu. Les Syriens disposent de nombreux éléments de ce genre. Nous insistons sur la nécessité de les étudier attentivement, y compris les messages radio interceptés", a déclaré le diplomate.

    D'après M. Oulianov, "il existe des informations confirmées selon lesquelles le groupe Etat islamique a utilisé du chlore non seulement en Syrie, mais aussi en Irak".
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/2015_01_17/LEI-pourrait-utiliser-a-nouveau-des-armes-chimiques-Moscou-0562/
    17/1/15

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