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.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Sarin? No–never.
    The heroic rebels have only used rakes and shovels as weapons. We must help them.

    May 6, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

      Morning JIF. Assad is overjoyed to see the opposition being driven into submission. Assad thinks he can "please all the people all the time".

      May 6, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    May have used sarin gas. May not have used sarin gas. We should be the libertarians and stop al-Bashar Assad, but we need more proof "the gas" is being used, before we go in and do something thay "may" trigger WWIII. All the U.S. cares about is the $ ROI, if we go in and "alter Assad' s way of life", let 'em duke it out.
    It's unfortunate when you have individuals in this country, thinking they are "living the dream", just to be disillusioned to find out it's by using everyone else's money, in a country that IS for the most part bankrupt. They don't even work, earn, and pay thier own bills and taxes without being someone else's money. Are they really in the right frame of mind anywaysto make decisions supposedly "in your better interest" ?

    May 6, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pete

    Hey check the label and if it says made in America its good stuff..Probibly some stolen from Kadafi,Husseins past regimes by blackmarketeers that were sold to those dictators by Reagan in the 80s..Just like Reagan selling arms against congress to Iran and serin gas to these two maniacal dictators everything has a cost and its been our presidents mainly republican who are guilty of it in their dirty pasts.Reagan also letting democrate,republicans like Charlie Wilson to sell arms to the afghan rebels that eventually is being used now on our troops and ammo supplied by China,Russia as well..If we put tighter restrictions on arm sales and heavier penalties even to politicians you might just see a drop in these countries starting senseless wars..Let China,Russia finance them and send them their kids as well so we can be spectators just for once and can spend our money on better things in America like its supposed to and save innocent lives as well!

    May 6, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheeple

      Bla bla bla. U spout this nonsense while not mentioning what is going on right now. We got Hilary Clinton being accused of covering up the Benghazi incident. Altering the report so as to keep the public in the dark to protect her own hide. Where is your outrage on this one Pete?

      May 6, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • William stut

      @sheeple. Ole petey boy loves bringing up things from nearly 30 years ago while ignoring what's going on right now. Yup petey. What's your opinion on the Benghazi debacle, or do you believe misleading the public is just fine?

      May 6, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Good morning @ Pete. EVEN to politicians? How about ESPECIALLY to poiiticians? Lol. Teach em they lead by example and lately their "example" leaves a whole lot to be desired. Let us pray Israel doesnt manipulate the US to sending troops in there.

    May 6, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dolly

    Now now hamsta. U can't mention welfare on here without being chastised by someone. After all most folks on here are more than likely recipients.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hamsta

    Yeah, I know, they want me to to hate the rich man who rewards me for working hard by paying me and not the leeches who rely on the government to forcefully take ( steal ) money from my pocket.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Lol a nice day @ Pete! Ttyl.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    "rebels used chemical weapons" news
    "Israel used depleted uranium shells in its airstrikes" news

    May 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    @ Pete
    How Afgahn then called freedom fighters were abandoned & their country after they kicked out Soviets for us, how Saddam was befriended handled during Iraq-Iran war & then declared an enemy when he thought of allowing Soviets to have oil concessions too, Hosni,Ghaddafi & so on. All that has a bearing on the mess we are facing today.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    What@Pete says has a bearing on the mess we face today.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Aiding and training the Taliban for kicking out soviets then abandoning the country,befriending Saddam & handling him during Iraq-iran war, then declaring him an enemy over oil concession to Russia.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The rebels used sarin gas ? The rebels, whose ranks consist of al qeada and every other terrorist organizations, used sarin ? Aw, come on folks, we just know that can't be true.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    propping up a dictator like Mubarak for decades, Ghaddafi was a friend too when buying arms and selling oil so on & so forth. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya , Syria, folly upon folly & still no lessons to be learned.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    The other powers watching us dig pit after pit for ourselves fighting proxy wars while they smirk on the side lines , benefiting without spending a dime or expanding lives.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
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