April 23rd, 2013
08:37 AM ET

Israeli official: Syria using chemical weapons

The Syrian government is using chemical weapons against rebel forces, the head of the Israel Defense Forces' intelligence research departments said Tuesday.

"In all likelihood they used sarin gas," Brig. Gen. Itai Brun said Tuesday in a speech at a conference in Tel Aviv. This comes as a civil war between the government and rebels rages across Syria - which borders Israel.

Analysts believe the Syrian government may have one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world. The supply is believed to include sarin, mustard and VX gases, which are banned under international law. Syria has denied the allegation.

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  1. fernace

    I think raven was just using an oxymoron.

    April 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    You forget the essential services @DOD
    Firefighting, police, air traffic control and then education, welfare programs for Americans on and on, while we dole out tax dollars on the sly to an 'ally'.

    April 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    To the misfortune of Israelis their current pm Netanyahu is considered 'master of deception' and a 'liar' in the international community.

    April 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      How do you know an israelie is lying, they are speaking.

      April 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Also "master of disaster" lol

    April 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    I'm still dismayed that while all sorts of news are being splashed on this blog the terrible loss of American lives in W.Texas & the devastation takes a back stage.

    April 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

      Why not, when you can have another story involving the word "guns".

      April 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    I know @ saywhat. Guess all the things going on in france we dont need to know whats going on here in our own country. Makes ya wonder if maybe some of what hamsta says might be true.

    April 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • rupert

      @jeff frank ohio.
      U tell em! U da man!

      April 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    The West Texas story is being covered.
    As it is not a breaking story any longer, it's not going to appear on "This Just In".

    April 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @banasy,good evening ..Texas plant is just a search and take pics ,record findings , items because they had at one point over 60 buildings to inspect and behind it all a playground and nobody knows if any kids were there when it exploded,real shame...I bet the insurance company on this deal must be having fits not wanting to pay on some personal claims from families of deceased workers and that can get nasty if they end up in court with suits because of how it happened...My prayers are still with the people,city in W.Texas,God bless..And on another subject send Assad some serin gas via B-2 bomber he'll enjoy the results guaranteed!!Now that's chemical warfare...

      April 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rupert

    @chrissy. Thats right. Lets spike the punch & partyyyyyyy

    April 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    And what are you spiking the punch with bad boy? Lol

    April 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stewie

    Rupert, get off the computer.

    April 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    "US doubts Israel's chemical use claims" news.

    April 24, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Pl read that as 'chemical weapons use by Syria claims".

    April 24, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
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    April 25, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    You say Sarin others say lower grade chemical irritants.

    April 26, 2013 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
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