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

A final report released Thursday from U.N. investigators confirms preliminary findings

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Chemical weapons were used repeatedly during the ongoing civil war in Syria, a new report from the United Nations concludes.

The 82-page document says deadly chemical agents were likely used in five of the seven attack sites experts inspected, Reuters reports.

“The United Nations Mission concludes that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic,” the U.N. report states.

The investigation was led by chief inspector Ake Sellstrom. A preliminary report from Sellstrom’s team in September found “clear and convincing” evidence that the chemical sarin was used to slaughter hundreds civilians in a rebel-held suburb of Demascus in August.

Thursday’s report acknowledges that chemical weapons have also been used on government soldiers.

Syrian rebels and western powers have alleged that the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the chemical attacks, but the Assad regime counters that rebels were the ones to deploy the weapons. The U.N. confirmed that rebels have indeed captured weapons from the Syrian military, though western countries say chemical arms were not among them.

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution in September requiring Syria to destroy its chemical weapons.

The U.N. secretary-general will present findings of Thursday’s report to the General Assembly on Friday, according to NPR.

[Reuters]

4 comments
THEBRUISER
THEBRUISER

at least we now know where sadam's WMD's finally ended up!!!!!

richard.draucker
richard.draucker

I think everyone already agrees that chemical weapons were used, so this isn't much of a news flash.  What we're still waiting to find out is whether they were used by government forces or by the al-Qaeda aligned Saudi, Turkey, and Israeli backed Sunni extremists that are now attacking the Syrian rebel groups. 

FelipeCampos
FelipeCampos

Okay then yay! They ain't using chemical weapons!!! But they are still killing innocent people we are doing so much gooodddd!! Well at least now if we attack them they don't have any chemical weapons :D 

mrxexon
mrxexon

Let me tell you something about the world of intelligence, David. It's a slight of hand trick where the public is concerned.


There is what the public sees. As cultured by "friends" in the media. And what is.


What is, also concerns Israel and Mossad. Because only a complete fool would ever believe they were sitting on their hands this whole time. When I see that inclusion, I might be more inclined to believe what I see in print...


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