September 23rd, 2013
03:30 AM ET

Al-Assad: Syria rebels may attack inspectors

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has suggested that some outside governments may urge rebels to attack international inspectors sent into war-fractured country to secure its arsenal of chemical weapons.

"There might be countries that might ask the terrorists to attack the inspectors to prevent them from doing their job, and blame the Syrian government," he said in an interview aired Sunday by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

"At this point, this remains just a possibility and we cannot know until the inspectors arrive in Syria," al-Assad said.

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  1. chrissy

    Hmm sounds a little fishy to me. Havent they been tracking the Syrian government moving chemical weapons? Of course im relatively sure the rebels have them also. Guess Assad is just covering his bases now so if the inspectors are attacked it will be blamed on the rebels. Aint one group any better than the other in this case. Maybe that shield that the US was talking about some months back could be put around Syria and they can just do what theyre gonna do anyway. Like that show "Under the Dome." I just know im sick of hearing about these fools already!

    September 23, 2013 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    Sounds like a veiled threat to me! And IF CW's are used again how will it be proved as to just who used them? We know CW's were used as the UN inspectors have verified CW residue, BUT

    September 23, 2013 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      BUT, they cannot say who used them!

      September 23, 2013 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. rupert


    September 23, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Geez. Bad News, Bad News, Bad News, Bad News and more Bad News. AAARRRGGGHHHH. A re you intentionally trying to put people in a depressive state CNN ? Is there not any good news you can put on these pages CNN ? What's that you say CNN ? Good News stories don't elicit any responses from your readership ? Well that doesn't really seem to matter, does it CNN ? Any time you have a story that is responded to, you always choose to delete any comments that show a hint of coherency. So what's the difference ? So why not try to be a little different and buck the trend and kind of break the trend of "C"ontinuously "N"asty:"N"ews

    September 23, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I had every one of my on topic posts deleted yesterday, bc. I don't expect any better today.
      It would appear that Assad leaked his plan to attack the inspectors and blame the rebels. It appears that way to me, anyway.

      September 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    good morning folks.
    Well yes@bobcat, the daily dose is getting even more unsavory.But that is what the media thrives on.
    As for deletions and blockage, some of us seem to be favorites of CNN.

    September 23, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @chrissy. There has been ample proof that CW were used repeatedly in Syria and UN finger was pointed at rebels in its previous findings. We chose to keep mum.
    This time around there is a big '?' no one is prepared to answer.

    September 23, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    With a stroke of luck or perhaps maneuvering we have so far avoided being a direct part of the 'bad' happening there and lets hope that is how it would remain.

    September 23, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    keeping out and getting diplomacy to work is the only way forward.

    September 23, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. rupert


    September 23, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. DenysH

    We really shouldn't attack Syria because Obama is just trying to manipulate the American people into attacking Syria. In his address to the people on Syria he started of talking about how the diplomatic resolution is the better way and that attacking wasn't the best idea. But then later in the speech he had started trying to convince people to want to attack Syria, talking about how there was no doubt about the government using chemical weapons when it could have been Al-Qaeda and the rebels. He also said that his only goal was to get rid of the chemical weapons but isn't that exactly what the diplomatic way is going to do? So think about this, is Obama really an agent of peace and prosperity or is he a warmonger.

    September 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rupert


    September 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Bobcat: And I might ad, not only is it the same doom and gloom CNN (hardly ever upbeat) articles, but for several years now it's always the same indecisive verbs and adverbs in just about every article they write. Words like "may", "possibly", "could", "might", "maybe", "might have been". I've been enticed opinionating issues that are for the most part "open ended and boring". Issues that have no end. They "glorify" only the idiots of the world.

    September 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Pr Obama resisted enormous pressure from Israel and their organization in Congress and lobbies like AIPAC to attack Iran. He played his cards well in case of Syria getting out of the box he had put himself in -Red Line etc.
    Otherwise we would by now have been involved disastrously in Syria and Iran.

    September 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Even now the pressure from Israel has not abated by any means.lets see how pr.Obama manages to keep us out.

    September 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Stop using gasoline, diesel, and oil for a couple months. Then we'll see just how much credit al Assad has with his Russian bed partners. Vladimir could just level Syria, and save us the heartache. Hey we're just talking $3 Billion. Just sayin.

    September 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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