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September 12, 2013 - 2:10 pm

The Times of Israel is reporting that rebels outside of Damascus near the area where a chemical attack killed nearly 1500 people on August 21 are telling Al-Arabiya TV that another gas attack has occurred, injuring 25. A YouTube video shows a young man having trouble breathing, but no corroborating evidence is presented.

No other major media is reporting this story, making its provenance even more suspicious. Meanwhile, UN inspectors are expected to release their report on the chemical attack in Jobar on Monday and leaks indicate that the inspectors have massive evidence that the attack was carried out by President Assad on his own people.

Foreign Policy reports:

U.N. inspectors have collected a “wealth” of evidence on the use of nerve agents that points to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against his own people, according to a senior Western official.

The inspection team, which is expected on Monday to present U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon with a highly anticipated report on a suspected Aug. 21 nerve agent attack in the suburbs of Damascus, will not directly accuse the Syrian regime of gassing its own people, according to three U.N.-based diplomats familiar with the investigation. But it will provide a strong circumstantial case — based on an examination of spent rocket casings, ammunition, and laboratory tests of soil, blood, and urine samples — that points strongly in the direction of Syrian government culpability.

“I know they have gotten very rich samples — biomedical and environmental — and they have interviewed victims, doctors and nurses,” said the Western official. “It seems they are very happy with the wealth of evidence they got.” The official, who declined to speak on the record because of the secrecy surrounding the U.N. investigation, could not identify the specific agents detected by the inspector team, but said, “You can conclude from the type of evidence the [identity of the] author.”

While homemade chem labs have been reportedly discovered in tunnels underneath rebel-held territory, if sarin was the agent responsible for the attack, it strongly suggests a government operation. Sarin gas is not easy to weaponize and launching the gas shells takes specialized equipment. Unless there is proof that the rebels were able to capture some Syrian army chemical weapons units whole, or were able to purchase them from a third party, the notion that the rebels were able to construct such sophisticated weaponry in their crude labs stretches credulity. If that’s the case, then the idea that the attack was carried out by rebels falls off the boards.

Meanwhile, crucial meetings between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are beginning in Geneva and Kerry has already taken what appears to be a hard line with President Assad and his assurances about handing over his stockpile of chemical weapons.

Time reports:

Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russian TV earlier Thursday that the country would sign an international treaty banning chemical weapons according to a Russian-backed plan and begin transferring control of its own arsenal thirty days later. A spokesperson for the United Nations told CNN that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received a letter from Syria declaring its intention to join the convention.

Kerry said at the press conference in Geneva with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the U.S. would still strike Syria if Assad doesn’t agree to dismantle his chemical arsenal properly.

Assad told Russia’s Rossiya-24 TV that the country agreed to hand over its chemical weapons as a result of a Russian initiative—and not in response to the threat of a U.S. strike.

“Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The U.S. threats did not influence the decision,” Assad said, according to the BBC.

Kerry is worried about 30 days? It’s going to take many months for the Syrians to hand over their entire cache of gas weapons. And that’s only if an agreement can be reached about verification and inspection — not only of chemical-weapons storage facilities but of manufacturing and testing sites as well.

Syria announced it is now a signatory to the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, but diplomats say that it is unclear whether Syria has fulfilled all of its obligations under the treaty. And another key Assad demand — that the U.S. foreswear the use of force — was also rejected by the secretary of State:

Secretary of State John Kerry today rejected a call from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the U.S. to drop its threat of force before Syria gives up its chemical weapons.

“President Obama has made clear that should diplomacy fail, force might be necessary to deter and degrade Assad’s capacity to deliver these weapon,” Kerry told reporters at the start of a multi-day negotiation with the Russians over how such a disarmament might take place.

Kerry also rejected Assad’s call for a customary 30 day period before his country submits documentation about its chemical weapons stockpiles to the United Nations.

“There is nothing standard about this process at this moment,” Kerry said. “Words of the Syrian regime, in our judgment, are simply not enough.”

I would guess in a very few days we will see just how serious Assad and his Russian handlers are about getting rid of Syria’s chemical weapons. Or, we will discover how truly naive John Kerry is. If we find “not very” in the first instance, and “too much” in the second, we’re in trouble.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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> chemical attack killed nearly 1500 people

Oh, its 1500 now is it? At first it was like "1439" (exactly!)... then "over 1000" ... but now that its clear no sane person in U.S. wants to get involved in this war, you need to artificially jack the number up even higher??

Independent sources have given estimates seriously lower than 1000. (in the 300 - 500 range). And its still very unclear to most people that the attacks were ordered by Assad and/or launched by his forces and not the Islamist "rebels."

And the title of this article says it all "Rebels Report New Chemical Attack ..."

So, we are taking "reports" by al-Qaeda and other Islamist/Muslim Brotherhood forces as fact? They CLAIM there were new chemical attacks, and we are supposed to believe them... why? Like, they have no vested interest in lying!

As has been stated many times by many people, there is no national security concerns here for the U.S., it is highly questionable who has used/is using chemical weapons, and what the numbers killed actually are. And there are no "good guys" in this fight.

And we could not even go into this fight full throttle because we know we can't topple Assad without letting Islamist take over, resulting in another failed state with terrorists in control of the chemical weapons.

And anything short of toppling Assad will not mean anything.

Its pretty clear that the American people are not at all behind involvement in this war ... and that is one of the few things that could truly be called "bipartisan."
50 weeks ago
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Is the little boy who cried wolf living in Syria?

This crap has gone on long enough and I'm personally tired of it already! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

The Syria story has run its course. All this serves to do is lay down a smoke-screen for Obama and his bureaucratic friends who are continuing to 'fundamentally transform America'. How about getting back to how that transformational process is being carried out?

HMMM?

I'll check in on PJM from time to time. Clear out the garbage and I'll bother to post...
50 weeks ago
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What guys, those jihadi liver eating 'rebels'. If a false flag attack doesn't work, just try again. The 'bombs away' authors at PJMedia are only too willing to jump in.
50 weeks ago
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Obama will keep pushing the limits on Assad so he can attack albeit a "Small Attack" to get the Muslim Brotherhood in place along with Al Qaeda just as planned but messed up when Assad said he would give up the weapons. That the rebels came out and stated that they had accidentally released the chemical weapons goes unheeded by Obama and crew. And heaven forbid if any one were to ask where these weapons came from, and they mention Iraq and Saddam that foils the democratic stand that Bush attacked needlessly.
49 weeks ago
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The more pertinent question is: should we care?

Putin: yeah, yeah, what can little Barry do about it?
50 weeks ago
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We believe our head chopping buddies.
50 weeks ago
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> chemical attack killed nearly 1500 people

Oh, its 1500 now is it? At first it was like "1439" (exactly!)... then "over 1000" ... but now that its clear no sane person in U.S. wants to get involved in this war, you need to artificially jack the number up even higher??

Independent sources have given estimates seriously lower than 1000. (in the 300 - 500 range). And its still very unclear to most people that the attacks were ordered by Assad and/or launched by his forces and not the Islamist "rebels."

And the title of this article says it all "Rebels Report New Chemical Attack ..."

So, we are taking "reports" by al-Qaeda and other Islamist/Muslim Brotherhood forces as fact? They CLAIM there were new chemical attacks, and we are supposed to believe them... why? Like, they have no vested interest in lying!

As has been stated many times by many people, there is no national security concerns here for the U.S., it is highly questionable who has used/is using chemical weapons, and what the numbers killed actually are. And there are no "good guys" in this fight.

And we could not even go into this fight full throttle because we know we can't topple Assad without letting Islamist take over, resulting in another failed state with terrorists in control of the chemical weapons.

And anything short of toppling Assad will not mean anything.

Its pretty clear that the American people are not at all behind involvement in this war ... and that is one of the few things that could truly be called "bipartisan."
50 weeks ago
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1439 *is* nearly 1500, you imbecile.
50 weeks ago
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http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/09/09/new-granular-evidence-points-to-saudi-involvement-in-syrias-chemical-weapons-terror-attack/

By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs
Recent findings point increasingly toward the conclusion that the chemical weapons attack in Syria was indeed a self-inflicted attack by the Syrian opposition in order to provoke a U.S. and Western military intervention against the Ba’athist government of President Bashar Assad.
The claim that the agent used was a “military sarin” is problematic because military sarin accumulates (like a gaseous crystal) around the victims’ hair and loose threads in clothes. Since these molecules are detached and released anew by any movement, they would have thus killed or injured the first responders who touched the victims’ bodies without protective clothes, gloves and masks. However, opposition videos show the first responders moving corpses around without any ill effects. This strongly indicates that the agent in question was the slow acting “kitchen sarin”. Indeed, other descriptions of injuries treated by MSF – suffocation, foaming, vomiting and diarrhea – agree with the effects of diluted, late-action drops of liquified sarin. The overall descriptions of the injuries and fatalities treated by MSF closely resemble the injuries treated by the Tokyo emergency authorities back on March 20, 1995. The Tokyo subway attack was committed with liquified “kitchen sarin”.
50 weeks ago
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Others have also noted that military-grade sarin is odorless, while "kitchen grade" sarin has a distinctive odor. The initial reports said the first responders to the gas attack detected (and it's reported in most news accounts) an odor.
50 weeks ago
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Is the little boy who cried wolf living in Syria?

This crap has gone on long enough and I'm personally tired of it already! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

The Syria story has run its course. All this serves to do is lay down a smoke-screen for Obama and his bureaucratic friends who are continuing to 'fundamentally transform America'. How about getting back to how that transformational process is being carried out?

HMMM?

I'll check in on PJM from time to time. Clear out the garbage and I'll bother to post...
50 weeks ago
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I do not think Assad is that stupid. Now the "rebels" and obama on the other hand...
50 weeks ago
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Manufacturing weapons is one thing, using them is an entirely different issue. Who said the rebels made their own chemical weaponns? For that martter who said Assad made his weapons? Do the Syrians make their own tanks? Do the rebels reload their own ammo?
50 weeks ago
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What guys, those jihadi liver eating 'rebels'. If a false flag attack doesn't work, just try again. The 'bombs away' authors at PJMedia are only too willing to jump in.
50 weeks ago
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