U.N. Report Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Used in Syria

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A U.N. investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria concluded “with clear and convincing evidence” that the Aug. 21 attack involved chemical weapons. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the attack a “war crime” in an opening statement to the report, released Monday to the U.N. Security Council.

The U.N. report, per the investigators’ charge, does not address who deployed the weapons, confirming only that they were used in the first place. But it fuels a new sense of urgency as the U.S. and Russia try to follow through on a diplomatic resolution despite previous U.S.-led calls for a military strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Assad and his Russian allies have denied the charges and accused the rebels in Syria’s more-than-two-year civil war of firing the chemical weapons.

The 38-page report cites five lines of evidence for its conclusion: 1) the presence of missile remnants containing the poison gas sarin, 2) evidence of sarin contamination around the site, 3) interviews with survivors and health care workers corroborating chemical-weapons use, 4) sarin-related symptoms, ranging from seizures to vomiting, reported among survivors, and 5) blood and urine tests of survivors turned up positive for sarin.

Investigators reached the site on Aug. 26 and left the country five days later. The report also says the U.N. will continue to investigate other alleged instances of chemical-weapons use in Syria.

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MichaelHerron
MichaelHerron

This doesn't mean  a damned thing.     There is still no proof whatsoever that links the USE of chemical weapons in Syria to the Syrian Government.   This could have been done by US supported Al-Queda terrorist (Al_Nursa).  It's not the first time Al-Nusra has used chemical weapons in Syria and it won't be the last.    I wouldn't even doubt that they got the Sarin from the USA.   The warmongers in the US, Saudi, Israel, are at it again with their quest for Imperial domination again under the guise of humanitarianism.  We have to bomb the Syrian people into the stone age, take their oil to weaken Iran and Russia and prop up the petro-dollar as the worlds reserve currency under the guise  "weapons of mass destruction / Sarin Gas).   Wake UP Sheeple, Wake UP!!!   


One thing is for sure;  The United States Government cannot be trusted.  They will lie the country into a war in a heart beat.  Just like Iraq, Syria and now what they are trying to do in Syria.    This is simply a pre-text for an already planned, ten year in the making, full scale all out war on Syria by the Globalist Warmongers.  This doesn't have a damned thing to do with chemical weapons.  This is the lie that the Empire has used time and time again to start wars all over the world.  
This time the people aren't buying it, even if the globalists corporate controlled media continues to repeat the lies over and over again..   Americans do not want war with Syria.   Call your congressional representatives today. Tell your congressional representatives that if they vote to give the president authorization for an attack of any kind on Syria, they will lose your vote, and your campaign contributions will go to their opponent in the next election!!!




MichaelHerron
MichaelHerron

This doesn't mean  a damned thing.     There is still no proof whatsoever that links the USE of chemical weapons in Syria to the Syrian Government.   This could have been done by US supported Al-Queda terrorist (Al_Nursa).  It's not the first time Al-Nusra has used chemcial weapons in Syria and it won't be the last.    I wouldn't even doubt that they got the Sarin from the USA.   The warmongers in the US, Saudi, Israel, are at it again with their quest for Imperial domination again under the guise of humanitarism.  We have to bomb the Syrian people into the stone age, take their oil to weaken Iran and Russia and prop up the petro dollar as the worlds reserve currency under the guise  "weapons of mass destruction/Sarin Gas).   Wake UP Sheeple, Wake UP!!!   


One thing is for sure;  The United States Government cannot be trusted.  They will lie the country into a war in a heart beat.  Just like Iraq, Syria and now what they are trying to do in Syria.    This is simply a pre-text for an already planned, ten year in the making, full scale all out war on Syria by the Globalist Warmongers.  This doesn't have a damned thing to do with chemical weapons.  This is the lie that the Empire has used time and time again to start wars all over the world.  
This time the people are buying it, even if the corporate controlled media continues to repeat the lies over and over again..



Adam_Smith
Adam_Smith

The new evidence from the UN investigation greatly bolsters the case, (which could hardly have been weaker with regard to public evidence), that government forces commited the war crime gas attack of Aug. 21. It still isn't fully conclusive, but I now lean a bit to finding the Syrian government to be the guilty party where I have previously thought it was more likely the rebels.


Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Russia insists on impartial and objective investigation of the events of August 21, near Damascus, because there are serious grounds to believe that it was a provocation, said Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov


Voxprivat
Voxprivat

Let's say that one of us was facing a murder charge punishable by death.  Would a judge in a legitimate court find the accused guilty and punish the defendant to death without proof beyond reasonable doubt?  Well, apparently the Obama regime would be OK with that.   Incidentally, dear leader left our ambassador to Libya in 3 brave American citizens to die, without reacting to their pleads for help as they fought off Muslim rebels.  What was the ambassador and the CIA at the CIA annex doing in Benghazi?  Well, deal leader Obama doesn't want us to know.  There are 32 survivors, CIA mostly, and dear leader Obama will not let them testify before Congress.  In fact dear leader has seen to it that some change their names and go into hiding.  I wonder why?  Anyway, by the time our ambassador was murdered, a ship loaded with American weapons had already left to arms the Muslim radical rebels trying to unseat Assad.  The ship navigated via Turkey which means that Turkey was conspiring with dear leader Obama to do a regime change in Syria by with Muslim radicals including Al-Qaida.  Go figure.  Is it America's business to do regime changes?  Well, we saw that on TV when dear leader overthrew and had Qaddafi assassinated in Libya. Oh, that Assad is a bad one, but fighting a war arm in arm with Al-Qaida, just doesn't seem right.  If Assad is overthrown and murdered, the poison gas will be taken over by the radical Muslims, including Al-Qaida, and that would give us a lot of peace of mind, dear leader thinks.  In the end, if that happened, American troops will have to go in so the gas is not misused and that will be the 5th war we get involved in in a decade.  Well, they don't give Peace Prizes in Oslo for nothing!

KevinMccarthy
KevinMccarthy

The Americans would not like opening another war front. Rather, they want early termination of war on terror and return of soldiers who are getting killed almost daily. http://tiny.cc/iwgj3w

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Unfortunately, the UN Secretary-General's charge of a 'war crime' does not apply to Syria, as the Syrian government did not order the chemical weapons to be used.  That statement is based off the best intelligence we have on the subject at present.

It's the UN's business to condemn reprehensible acts committed in other countries.  However, this latest report should not result in a declaration of war against Syria, as it cannot conclusively prove the government's involvement with the use of chemical weapons.

rivers
rivers

it is an very tough job to find out who have used chemical weapon, since the US and Russian have take an very diplomatic resolution to solve this issue,there should be an very quickly plan to control and possess all the chemical weapon, and stop the production of such chemical weapon. 

JameyUSA
JameyUSA

@TIME ooooh US implanted secretary general of South Korea tries to push us agenda big surprise!

sakenlaw
sakenlaw

@TIME And even when the UN pronounces Assad a war criminal, Syrian children burn and our President fiddles.

mickt60
mickt60

@TIME Mr Moon,should wait till the results are finalized. We have had several lapdogs in the office he holds.

rexford.finegan
rexford.finegan

BRAVO the U.N. ! Excellent jobs chaps !!! (Who's paying your salary / rent?). Oops. Hush. So with all your good deeds and track record of such world peace. One question. OF COURSE CHEMICAL WEAPONS WERE USED. Question. BY WHO?? !!!!!!!!!!!!

A human questions seeking answer honestly. No more, no less.  As I speak, people die, I ask why. Meanwhile....wasting time.

ShamsAci
ShamsAci

UN must have determined who used the chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, otherwise, the matter remains half-cooked to intake because US's unconfirmed allegation against Asaad's use of them creates only hostility attitude between US and Syria for it's (US's) threat to attack Syria.

firmsoil
firmsoil

You presided over the UN while all this went on unchecked. Shame on UN, Russia, China, and to a lesser extent EU.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@Adam_Smith

The US accusations stating that the Syrian government forces used chemical weapons near Damascus in August 2013, that is on the very same day the United Nations inspectors came into the country, are absolutely groundless. The Syrian army has gained ground against militants in recent months; it is absurd to affirm that it used the weapons in the area of its own location. It’s also senseless to say the Syria government used the weapons at the moment of UN inspectors’ arrival.

 The use of chemical weapons in August 2013 was a provocation staged by Syria armed opposition in order to create a pretext for US intervention into Syria.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@rexford.finegan 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out that the Syrian opposition had rejected the deal on Syria's chemical weapons. "The Syria National Coaliton is very opposed to the Russian-American proposal on the liquidation of chemical weapons through the mechanism of the convention, because they hope that this problem will be solved by military intervention," he said.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_09_17/Lavrov-Fabius-meeting-in-Russia-Syria-is-on-agenda-1680/

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@Adam_Smith @mrbomb13

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro?

First of all, he neither said a word about the use of chemical weapons, and secondly, each case must be examined separately. The rebels are not able to fight with government forces on an equal footing , they try to avoid open battles in the field, often use civilians as a human shield. When surround them in one place, they practice the mass murder of civilians in the surrounding areas (often just shooting from mortars in dormitory areas) forcing government troops loosen or remove blockade in the zone of the antiterrorist operation against the accomplices.. This is a favorite tactic of the terrorists.