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. saywhat

    use of chemical weapons was tried before also as a ruse for Israeli incursion into Syria but was abandoned when it pointed to the rebels. This time though they couldn't wait for a 'cause' they just carried on with their plan.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    response to@bobcat was blocked.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    this use of chemical weapons was tried before to enable Israel to get on with their plan but was abandoned as the fingers pointed to rebels.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    This time though apparently Israel couldn't wait or care for any pretext for incursion in Syria.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Supposed they used a nuclear device......what then? ....Gas goes where the wind blows...that's one reason it was banned in the first place! Too much collateral damage!

    May 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    You mean the 'rebels'@Portland tony?
    And isn't wind a factor in fall out from radiation too?

    May 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Not at a point of detonation! Plus humans can take steps to minimize exposure to fallout......with chemicals, with no warning, you are in for a painful death!

      May 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    It isn't the airstrikes in themselves but what the scenario spells for US as they add another dimension to the conflict that matters.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    "Caught- Israel orchestrating world war" – Gordon Duff. Worth a read.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Orchestrating world war is what comes to mind.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Israeli security publication DEBKA admits plans to go into Syria, jordan & Lebanon and then widening the conflict.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    And no longer in a position to act independently for our own interests we shall have our destiny guided by others. That is what is scary folks.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Good day all.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    So it the loyalists or the rebels who have the sarin? He said/he said scenario.

    May 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • RevNowWhileWeCan

      YouTube "Carla del Ponte 'stupefied by Syrian opposition sarin use". She's from the UN.

      May 7, 2013 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    How terribly two~faced of Israel to cry foul on the chemical weapons being used when THEY are the ones that supplied them!

    May 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Is Netanyahu related to GWB???

    May 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
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