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UN Diplomat: Jihadists May Have Used Gas – Not Assad

"There are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated."
Carla del Ponte

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The West is being manipulated. Why would Assad use chemical weapons when he is winning? Why incur the wrath of the Western powers when he has the upper hand? Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood are playing the West like a fiddle.

Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Nerve Gas, Not Assad’s Regime: U.N. Official By Shaun Waterman, Washington TimesTestimony 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.

Damascus has recently facing growing Western accusations that its forces used such weapons, which President Obama has described as crossing a red line. But Ms. del Ponte’s remarks may serve to shift the focus of international concern.

Ms. del Ponte, who in 1999 was appointed to head the U.N. crimes tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, has sometimes been a controversial figure. She was removed from her Rwanda post by the U.N. Security Council in 2003, but she continued as the chief prosecutor for the Yugoslav tribunal until 2008.

Ms. del Ponte, a former Swiss prosecutor and attorney general, told Swiss TV: “Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals. According to their report of last week, which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated.”

She gave no further details, the BBC said.

The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria was established in August 2011 to examine alleged violations of human rights in the Syrian conflict which started in March that year.

It is due to issue its next report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June.

Rebel Free Syrian Army spokesman Louay Almokdad denied that rebels had use chemical weapons.

“In any case, we don’t have the mechanism to launch these kinds of weapons, which would need missiles that can carry chemical warheads, and we in the FSA do not possess these kind of capabilities,” Mr. Almokdad told CNN.

“More importantly, we do not aspire to have (chemical weapons) because we view our battle with the regime as a battle for the establishment of a free democratic state. … We want to build a free democratic state that recognizes and abides by all international accords and agreements — and chemical and biological warfare is something forbidden legally and internationally.”

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30 Responses to “UN Diplomat: Jihadists May Have Used Gas – Not Assad”

  1. Sajeev Jino says:

    Does the Jihadist have capacity to launch such a Massive strike ..And Please Check this too ..

    http://www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-news-2/

  2. Sajeev Jino says:

    Does the Jihadist have capacity to launch such a Massive strike ..And Please Check this too ..

    http://www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-news-2/

  3. Diane Kroh says:

    I knew it. O just wants to have us looking at this horrible person who is throwing out the MB and taking back a nation that doesn’t want these people in. It would be called impeachment here but Morsi wasn’t going to give up control since he was already in prison for so many deaths. Now he will face justice and the Syrian peoples can have a life.

  4. Diane Kroh says:

    I knew it. O just wants to have us looking at this horrible person who is throwing out the MB and taking back a nation that doesn’t want these people in. It would be called impeachment here but Morsi wasn’t going to give up control since he was already in prison for so many deaths. Now he will face justice and the Syrian peoples can have a life.

  5. Diane Kroh says:

    I knew it. O just wants to have us looking at this horrible person who is throwing out the MB and taking back a nation that doesn’t want these people in. It would be called impeachment here but Morsi wasn’t going to give up control since he was already in prison for so many deaths. Now he will face justice and the Syrian peoples can have a life.

  6. OK, let's bomb the hell out of both sides, then.

  7. and pamela gellar knows.

  8. Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan says:

    -
    I remember in the first pictures, the caption read: They look like they’re asleep…
    That’s because those children *were* drugged asleep – and the public was being primed for BS.
    Have you ever seen people gassed by Sarin? It is a horrific way to die.
    They do not die looking like angels sleeping.
    This is a PsyOp – like Sandy Hook and “the Boston massacre”.

  9. -
    I remember in the first pictures, the caption read: They look like they’re asleep…
    That’s because those children *were* drugged asleep – and the public was being primed for BS.
    Have you ever seen people gassed by Sarin? It is a horrific way to die.
    They do not die looking like angels sleeping.
    This is a PsyOp – like Sandy Hook and “the Boston massacre”.

  10. Good idea Moshe. The enemy of my enemy is not my friend in this case!

  11. You know, I almost believed the rebel claim that they lack the rockets and gas to kill the victims … Until that last bit about seeking to build a democratic state that abides by international norms. Really? We're being played.

  12. Tim Upham says:

    I do not think the United States and Great Britain would be wasting themselves on an attack on Syria, if it was a rebel opposition that used gas. Both nations has sophisticated intelligence systems to know who the real culprit is.

  13. MichaelHanniMorcos says:

    Pamella’s logic is superb , And i might add that if it’s the [Rebels] than  whoever is backing them is very much on the hook….                                                               Thank You.

  14. John Smith says:

    Does not fit the bill, Obamashambles, Cameron & the socialists want to bomb Assad.

  15. Erin Sweeney says:

    America should stay the hell out. There are too many players in the game, all with something to gain in the hit, blame and run game…and America, if involved, will be a key target of blame. Stay out, and you will not deserve it; in the interim…find the poison and disolve the threat.

  16. I have a theory, what about one of the rockets hit a chemical weapons hardware, this weapons are in small places, so I understand and this could one of this places, my suggestion is that the NATO get not involved in the mess of the Syrian civil war, let they kill each other.

  17. Joe Mangine says:

    The facts don't really matter. Both the UK & the US are lap dogs for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and since the KSA wants the Shia government in Syria to fall then the UK & the US will comply.

  18. H233XYZ says:

    EliMarieLian Here all options should be kept open, there is so much deception.

  19. Go Vikes says:

    "In 2008, Senator Obama said the U.S. government should work closely with the United Nations."

    He also said, “If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it,” which was during a CNN interview… "

    It is easy to beat the war drums when you have stealth missiles and other modern warfare, while your opponents are barefoot and carry toy guns in comparision.

    0bama needs to start a war desperately to distract his fellow Americans from real issues at home. As a Russian diplomat said recently:

    "It will not help the Syrian people, but aims first and foremost at boosting American and Zionist interests by weakening and dividing Syria and imposing a political regime that would be a puppet to the Americans," the group said in a statement.

    Without creating unnecessary wars all over the world, the great "superpower" USA will be bankrupt worse than a third-world country.

    And, still the American public gets 'patriotically worked-up' as soon as their beloved president orders the beating of war drums.

    Remember Iraq and the made-up story of "weapons of mass destruction"? Once prosperous nations like Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria now lie in ruins, thanks to the cravings for 'friendly regime changes' of US politicians, who appear to think that going to war is a 'fashion'.

    How long is the truth loving world going to take this B.S.

  20. Go Vikes says:

    "In 2008, Senator Obama said the U.S. government should work closely with the United Nations."

    He also said, “If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it,” which was during a CNN interview… "

    It is easy to beat the war drums when you have stealth missiles and other modern warfare, while your opponents are barefoot and carry toy guns in comparision.

    0bama needs to start a war desperately to distract his fellow Americans from real issues at home. As a Russian diplomat said recently:

    "It will not help the Syrian people, but aims first and foremost at boosting American and Zionist interests by weakening and dividing Syria and imposing a political regime that would be a puppet to the Americans," the group said in a statement.

    Without creating unnecessary wars all over the world, the great "superpower" USA will be bankrupt worse than a third-world country.

    And, still the American public gets 'patriotically worked-up' as soon as their beloved president orders the beating of war drums.

    Remember Iraq and the made-up story of "weapons of mass destruction"? Once prosperous nations like Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria now lie in ruins, thanks to the cravings for 'friendly regime changes' of US politicians, who appear to think that going to war is a 'fashion'.

    How long is the truth loving world going to take this B.S.

  21. Tim Upham says:

    And Tony Blair was the lap dog for George W. Bush. We have heard all the accusations before, but like Halabja in Iraq, people are dying of this gas.

  22. Antonio Jimenez says:

    this is getting confusing. Didn't Israeli Intelligence just find a link from Assad to the use of chemical weapons?

  23. Antonio Jimenez says:

    this is getting confusing. Didn't Israeli Intelligence just find a link from Assad to the use of chemical weapons?

  24. novaculus says:

    MollieOld How hard is it to understand only fools would support war in #Syria as Obama subverts its strategy to his political agendas?

  25. Vickie627 says:

    MollieOld assad’s regime has the gas. #Syria http://t.co/ZkqQslVn4N
    Come back when u have evidence

  26. MollieOld says:

    novaculus it is all about politics for him

  27. MollieOld says:

    Vickie627 1 of his comments incorrect “Schindler reportedly said in meeting only Syrian government were in possession of agents as sarin.”

  28. MollieOld says:

    Vickie627 Hope somebody reads May newspapers! BBC News – UN commission downplays claim Syria rebels used sarin http://t.co/Q5GOEPkXva

  29. Vickie627 says:

    MollieOld http://t.co/ZkqQslVn4N
    Hope people read a lot of sources #Syria

  30. glmtant says:

    adirado29 Assad regime started with the Damas Spring. Where why how it went wrong, worth looking at to build better future.

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