May 6th, 2013
08:01 AM ET

U.N.: Syria rebels may have used sarin

A U.N. official says there are strong suspicions that Syrian rebel forces have used the deadly nerve agent sarin gas in the country's civil war.

Carla Del Ponte told an Italian-Swiss TV station that the findings come after interviews with doctors and Syrian victims now in neighboring countries.

Del Ponte, the commissioner of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria, said the notion isn't surprising, given the infiltration of foreign fighters into the Syrian opposition.

But rebel Free Syrian Army spokesman Louay Almokdad said rebels don't even have unconventional weapons, nor do they want any.

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  1. chrissy

    Welcome to the world of the regulars @ rupert.

    May 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Bubba, a furniture dealer from Alabama, decided to expand the line of furniture in his store, so he decided to go to Paris to see what he could find. After arriving in Paris he met with some manufacturers and selected a line that he thought would sell well back home.

    To celebrate the new acquisition, he decided to visit a small bistro and have a glass of wine. As he sat enjoying his wine, he noticed the small place was quite crowded, and that the other chair at his table was the only vacant seat in the house. Before long, a very beautiful young Parisian girl came to his table, asked him something in French (which he did not understand), and motioned toward the chair. He invited her to sit down.

    He tried to speak to her in English, but she did not speak his language & so, after a couple of minutes of trying to communicate with her, he took a napkin and drew a picture of a wine glass and showed it to her. She nodded, and he ordered a glass of wine for her.

    After sitting together at the table for a while, he took another napkin, and drew a picture of a plate with food on it, and she nodded. They left the bistro and found a quiet cafe that featured a small group playing romantic music. They ordered dinner, after which he took another napkin and drew a picture of a couple dancing. She nodded, and they got up to dance. They danced until the cafe closed and the band was packing up.

    Back at their table, the young lady took a napkin and drew a picture of a four-poster bed.

    To this day, Bubba has no idea how she figured out he was in the furniture business.

    May 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    How tedious to have a post deleted.

    May 6, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RevNowWhileWeCan

    I'd love to weigh in on this but random comments aren't getting it done. Israel is a war criminal and most the world supports the Syrian people and Assad for a reason.

    May 7, 2013 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @RevNow
    Failing to push us into another proxy war by other means this is Nethanyahu regime's tactic to get us involved. Hope wisdom prevails at White House & the 'stooges' of that regime in our Congress don't get their way.

    May 7, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • RevNowWhileWeCan

      saywhat,
      I hear ya. I really wish I could post links but Assad isn't stupid. He knows by retaliating the US gets directly involved and that also brings in Iran by agreement with Syria. This is what Israel is trying to do. Assad knows by not acting and with the rebels getting caught with sarin, Israel will continue to look foolish and even more criminal than they already are on the world stage.

      May 8, 2013 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
    • RevNowWhileWeCan

      saywhat,
      Assad isn't stupid. He knows Israel is trying to bait him. When they don't react, Israel looks more like the criminals they are. :D

      May 8, 2013 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @Pete
    rightly responded to those thoughtless remarks by@Dolly.
    And you have my respect for a life of courage. My thoughts & well wishes for you & your son.

    May 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @saywhat,you all out there get me using my brain thinking again and to get away sometimes to relax,I appreciate it partner....Take care to you,chrissy,banasy and all,its great to be alive especially in America..I also appreciate your backup buddy against Dolly...

      May 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    sadly my response the post by@Pete was blocked.

    May 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    You have my respect for a life of courage & resolve and you responded rightly to @Dolly.

    May 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Agree@RevNow
    looking foolish or criminal is least of the regime's concern, they have often been there riding piggy back on us. They know we are in no position to put them down (literally) or can even try.

    May 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    There is no bigger threat to world peace & American interests.

    May 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cosmopolite

    Markale (Sarajevo), Rachak (Serbia,Kosovo), now Syria..bad scenarios and worst excuses for aggression. How many innocent people will suffer in the name of Mr $?

    August 27, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Private personal training Long Island

    Very interesting read.

    January 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
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