December 3rd, 2012
03:07 PM ET

Syria mixing chemical warfare agents, U.S. official

By Barbara Starr

Syrian forces began combining chemicals that would be used to make deadly sarin gas for use in weapons to attack rebel and civilian populations, a U.S. official tells CNN.

The United States obtained intelligence over the weekend indicating this development, according to the official who had direct knowledge of the latest information.

The intelligence, the official said, came from multiple sources but declined to provide any more details about how the United states learned of it.

Sarin gas, the source said, could most readily be used to fill artillery shells.

Syrian State TV cited a Foreign Ministry official on Monday as saying the country would never use chemical weapons on its own people.

CNN reported on Sunday that U.S. intelligence is concerned about the Syrian government's intent regarding its vast chemical weapons stockpiles after what one senior American official described as "worrying signs" of activity in "the last few days."

The revelation that the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad is mixing chemicals underscores the reason for the increased concern.

"There are concerns the regime may be considering use of chemical weapons" the senior U.S. official told CNN on Sunday.

The official who spoke to CNN on Monday declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.

The blog Danger Room first reported the news on Monday, noting the activity is taking place in "central Syria."

Earlier in the day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the United States was prepared to act if Syria used chemical arms, saying that step would cross a red line previously drawn by President Barack Obama.

"I'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. But suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur," Clinton told reporters.

"There is no doubt that there is a line between even the horrors that they have already inflicted on the Syrian people and moving to what would be an internationally condemned step of utilizing their chemical weapons."

Clinton met with the Czech foreign minister and discussed the concerns, she said after the meeting. Clinton said the Czech Republic has extensive expertise with chemical and biological weapons.

"They have already been consulting about what can be and should be done, both at this time and post the inevitable fall of the Assad regime," Clinton said.

Syria is known to store its chemical stockpile, in many instances, separately from the artillery shells, rockets or missiles that would deliver those chemical weapons in an attack.

As rebel fighters continue to make some gains, capturing military assets and territory, U.S. and Middle Eastern intelligence services have been watching for some months for any signs the Syrians would be loading up those weapons with chemical agents.

In recent months, the Obama administration has acknowledged at least two instances of Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles being moved but has said it believes those were efforts to put the material in more secure locations as fighting increased.

"We don't know if there is actual intent," the U.S. official said about the latest observed activities. "This is worrisome. This is a step beyond moving them around."

Syria has had a chemical weapons program for many years with stockpiles of chemical agents, according to a 2012 report to Congress from the Director of National Intelligence. The chemical weapons "can be delivered by aerial bombs, ballistic missiles, and artillery rockets."

The country still depends on "foreign sources for key elements" of its program, including precursor chemicals, the DNI report from February stated, but has the infrastructure to support developing biological weapons.

soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. ertyujvfghjm

    well that's a lie

    December 4, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  2. ertyujvfghjm

    DOES ASSAD USE HAIR JELL?

    December 4, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
  3. Memo2

    What exactly the U.N. will do at this pint ?.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
  4. RLTJ's

    It looks like Mr Abbas wants early settlement of issues. Then, maybe civilians should be moved out of the war zones. Stay at their own risk.

    An armed Sarin munition is an armed Sarin munition.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
  5. RLTJ's

    If the information is true then innocent civilians should immediately be vacated from the war zones.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:46 am | Reply
  6. All Amercans are evil

    It doesn't matter who we try to help in these countries that are ruled by Muslims. Both sides seem to want to kill anyone who do not follow there faith, (I know all Muslims don't feel that way, but it seems that the majority of them do). We help them overthrow there government, and it is just replaced by more Muslims that want to kill Americans. The world, including our government, seems to think we have the resources to help all these other countries. If we did, we wouldn't have to keep borrowing trillions of dollars to do it. They always show all these civilians dying. Most of these civilians are the fighters in plain civilian clothes, and they fight from civilian homes and neighborhoods, so of course there are going to be women and children getting hurt. Maybe some of the men who die are not fighting, but you can't tell that when they don't were uniforms, where even a kid or a women could walk by you in plain clothes and then blow you and themselves up. They do it to each other, and then they do it to are soldiers after we help them, all with money we have to borrow. Then we just give them more borrowed money, and then chant, kill Americans. We should stay out of it unless we are being attacked. They should be paying us to help them, because we don't have the money to help. With all the debt we have, we are more broke then they are when we can't even pay for our loans.

    December 4, 2012 at 6:36 am | Reply
    • Bakr

      Your ignorance defies definition, and you do talk as if you are the all time expert .Put of your PC and go to your nearest library, and after you have read the Quran and its translation, and then read a for a year of two about the history of the region come back and attempt to ask questions about what is going on and do not come to give advice becuase you will still be ignorant but not as bad as you are now.

      December 4, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
  7. Ian

    America is the world's most hostile country on earth and danger to everyone if you ask me. Britain is not far behind. Colonial immoral wars for the Western banking empire drive everything. Russia and China currently hold the moral high ground in the U.N, and they have seen the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya based on lies and scare-mogering. Be in no doubt that the U.S is to blame for the trouble n Syria, stirring-up and funding these AlQuaeda demons to destroy an ally of Russia. I am from Scotland , and the sooner we get our independence and leave NATO the better.

    December 4, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply
    • Tom

      That is just a silly assertion. China is a communist country without free speech and they habitually break human rights violations against their own people. They stay out of anything political that effects their financial interests. Russia has been doing business with the Assad regime for years and up until the last few weeks, have been supplying him with ammo/aircrafts against his own people, Neither of these countries have any moral higher ground above the US. Seriously, in the early nineties do you think any other country would have thrown Iraq out of Kuwait and led the charge? The US has made mistakes but trust me, there will come a day when China is the lone superpower in this world and you may very well yearn for the days of US dominance.

      December 4, 2012 at 5:44 am | Reply
  8. brown

    Send the U.S. Congressman's sons' and daughters' to fight. It is USA interference in almost every part of the world that has led to this. Whether Americans know it or not, the power elite in America have been supporting tyranny while suppressing freedom everywhere in the Middle East. It is your representatives that planted the seeds of this mess

    Go fight your own fu cking wars. We are done with this treasonous Congress'es B.S.

    December 4, 2012 at 4:45 am | Reply
  9. Sam

    Although it’s the end game for Assad and his thugs and cronies, the bankrupt regime is always managing, thanks to their disastrous decision-making process and misguided and short-sighted policies, or lack thereof, to employ the same old scare tactics that got them teetering on the brink of collapse. As usual, instead of addressing real issues, the Assad regime is busy staging and posting fake videos on You-Tube of summary executions perhaps they will convince the international community that he is fighting against al-Qaeda in Syria rather than a sweeping popular revolution that is about to make them a thing of the past. Upon carefully examining this video and checking with the vast network of activists that make up our nationwide team, we found out this video to be fake, which is reminiscent of how the Syrian state TV reporter was seen on TV placing shopping bags near victims’ bodies in previous car bombings that Assad blamed on the opposition. It was obvious, yet we wanted to double-check. In the staged video, 10 fighters lying face down are pleading with members of Jabhat al-Nusra begging that they are “sunnis” not “peaceful” as the captions read. The captions were apparently done by people who did not have a good command of Arabic. The name of Jabhat al-Nusra is thrown in and linked to al-Qaeda in a way we have not seen before. The soldiers keep begging they are “sunnis” and the fighter with the camera makes sure that that is on tape as well as flashing the Deir Ezzor plates to stir up sectarianism and conflict between different groups and cities. What’s really sad is that Assad has tried these tactics hundreds of times and they always failed.
    Assad, you only got very little time left. We’re way beyond this stage now and your regime is writhing in its death agonies. Maybe you can try to be a little more creative

    December 4, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
    • shizzle

      Good Job Sam...samatrm@gmail.com is my email. lets connect. You mat be able to help me on a thesis on the regime!!

      December 4, 2012 at 3:02 am | Reply
  10. Brian Smith

    Don't want them using chemical weapons? Then help them defeat the terrorist rebels. Oh, you won't do that, so you would prefer the terrorist rebels give the chemical weapons to Al Queda? oh, all right then.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      As far as I'm concerned both sides can fight and die for the next decade. They almost cannot kill enough of each other for my taste. Syria and Syrians are rotten to the core. Look at what they put Lebanon through. Now it's their turn and few people deserve it more.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • Lizzie nose

      Who cares? I damn well do. And I would venture to say many of us do.....how to convince the combatants to choose peace. How many children murdered? Were they also politically active? How many women raped and murdered? Its time for the United Nations to finally raise a army and escory the goverment of Syria away. Thazt would be followed by a simple election. And finally I propose we send Romney and Patreus to oversee the liberatipn of the Syrian people..

      December 4, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
    • Sam

      Although it’s the end game for Assad and his thugs and cronies, the bankrupt regime is always managing, thanks to their disastrous decision-making process and misguided and short-sighted policies, or lack thereof, to employ the same old scare tactics that got them teetering on the brink of collapse. As usual, instead of addressing real issues, the Assad regime is busy staging and posting fake videos on You-Tube of summary executions perhaps they will convince the international community that he is fighting against al-Qaeda in Syria rather than a sweeping popular revolution that is about to make them a thing of the past. Upon carefully examining this video and checking with the vast network of activists that make up our nationwide team, we found out this video to be fake, which is reminiscent of how the Syrian state TV reporter was seen on TV placing shopping bags near victims’ bodies in previous car bombings that Assad blamed on the opposition. It was obvious, yet we wanted to double-check. In the staged video, 10 fighters lying face down are pleading with members of Jabhat al-Nusra begging that they are “sunnis” not “peaceful” as the captions read. The captions were apparently done by people who did not have a good command of Arabic. The name of Jabhat al-Nusra is thrown in and linked to al-Qaeda in a way we have not seen before. The soldiers keep begging they are “sunnis” and the fighter with the camera makes sure that that is on tape as well as flashing the Deir Ezzor plates to stir up sectarianism and conflict between different groups and cities. What’s really sad is that Assad has tried these tactics hundreds of times and they always failed.
      Assad, you only got very little time left. We’re way beyond this stage now and your regime is writhing in its death agonies. Maybe you can try to be a little more creative

      December 4, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
  11. william

    The gas coming out of Hillary's mouth should be considered a weapon of mass distration. We gave Iraq the gas, we gave Israel, God knows what, we have armed everyone on this planet and now we are concerned. First we are attacking through terrorist proxies a soveriegn nation. Amazing how America keeps stepping in it.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
  12. gjjhfxmjgcx

    WHAT COLOR ARE ASSADS EYES?

    December 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      Hard to tell when his nose is buried in Vladimir Putin's backside.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:40 am | Reply
  13. Brian

    The irony is that we supplied Saddam Husain with chemical weapons. We assumed he would use them on the Iranians but he used them on his own Kurds.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      No Brian, it was "Udays Germans" to use their term for the German technicials working under Uday Hussein on the Iraqi chemical weapons program. Our military supplied Iraq with raw intelligence on Iranian movements when it looked like Iran might defeat Iraq and invade that country.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
    • Chuck

      The US NEVER gave Saddam Chemical Weapons, the only thing close to a weapon we ever sold them
      were some amphivious vehicles.
      The Chemical Weapons we found in Gulf War I were from France, Germany, Russia, China

      December 4, 2012 at 6:08 am | Reply
  14. zaphed

    So what is the difference between killing people with bombs or sarin? isnt the outcome the same?

    December 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      Sarin is a horrible way to die. It is basically an insecticide. It was discovered by the Germans before WWII researching stronger pesticided. Spray ants with raid and watch the convulsions. Now scale that up. It is not fast like being blown up. And if you do somehow survive you suffer permanent neurological damage.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • safetysteve

      I agree. Why is Obama making it a big deal now. Why was it OK to mangle and kill thousands of people with bombs and missiles. Am i missing something or is this just a bunch of more BS from Obama. If he really cared they would have become tough a long time ago. Do you think the Syrians really take this threat serious?

      December 4, 2012 at 12:31 am | Reply
      • what1ever

        You seriously don't get how using chemical weapons is worse than using regular weapons? If that's true, you should seek psychiatric help. I'm not joking. You could be a sociopath.

        December 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Scilon

      Good point.... The difference is that mass kill weapons show a disregard for innocent life. They do not distinguish between non combatants and soldiers.

      By the way Syria's Assad has already crossed a line of sorts forcing US to back pedal a bit. The original warning to Assad was "that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons."

      http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/20/13379062-obama-draws-red-line-for-syria-on-chemical-and-biological-weapons?lite

      December 4, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  15. fomega64

    Assad is sounding more like Obama every day. Scary.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • Raha

      Assad is possibly going to use chemical weapons on his people and you compare him to Obama. You're a friggin idiot. More ro China if it is so bad here moron!

      December 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
      • doctorlulzington

        He should move to Iran, they have low taxes, religious indoctrination, no gov't services...sounds like a teabagger's dream!

        December 4, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • doctorlulzington

      Or, something based in fact stated by someone who isn't a complete r-word.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
  16. Antodav

    Another "slam dunk" case for war this time again, I'm sure.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  17. us_1776

    Sorry, we're not getting suckered into getting directly involved.

    .

    December 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  18. Gary

    So he will Shoot, Bomb, and Torpedo his own people, but he won't Gas them.......

    December 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  19. Theresa

    Is Assad REALLY that stupid though?? He's got all these mega powers trained on him, & he's gonna gas his own people?? I dunno.....

    December 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Somehow I don't think so, Theresa. Barack Obama is looking hard to find yet another excuse to murder more Muslims since he hates them so much. They need to export this killer Obama to some Muslim country to be tried for his crimes against humanity unless you consider Muslims to be less than human. I do not!

      December 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
      • Gary

        Say What????

        December 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
      • Hamez

        Come again?

        December 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
      • JonWNC

        Well done, ma'am!

        December 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
      • NoMemoryLoss

        I'm sure they'll get to that right after the Bush/Cheney trials for the same thing.

        December 4, 2012 at 12:23 am |
  20. gman tello

    The right-wing news media has yet to show one shred of evidence that the Syrians are "mixing" chemical weapons in order to use them on people. Another well planned effort to disinform the public and further inflame the right-wing lynch mob mentality and war fever already sweeping this country. Has anyone here noticed how the right-wing news media keeps on calling the self-styled, anti-Assad "liberators" in Syria "the people"? I have!

    December 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • Mike, Cleveland

      Not really rocket science .. you've known for years that A and B are in tanks on opposite sides of the base (which is how you store really dangerous stuff like GB) .. and then all-of-a-sudden you see trucks frantically going to A and B and then inside a warehouse .. where our multispectral imaging sensors get a pretty good idea of what's going on.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • L

      You're calling CNN, 'Right wing?' Seriously? You really are out of touch.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
      • what1ever

        Right and left wing are entirely subjective. To him/her CNN probably seems right wing because he/she is a left wing person. Most people in the United States seem right wing to Europeans and most people in the world for that matter.

        December 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  21. bad2worse

    Uh-Oh! Weapons of mass destruction.

    Time to start another war...............................................................................

    December 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • tin

      I saw the results of mustard gas on our joes in 2006. Speak on what you know, hero.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
      • tin

        In Iraq

        December 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Bunkie Moon

    Stephanie Cutter can solve this issue . People believe what she says .

    December 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  23. OffTheWorldPolitics

    Remember when there was all that rhetoric arguing that even if Iran acquired a nuclear bomb that they would never use it?

    December 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • JoJo

      Remember all that rhetoric that Iraq had WMD and they would use it?

      December 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  24. Fetah

    WHAT OBAMA IS SAYING IS THAT HE HOPES ASSAD WILL USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS SO THAT HE CAN FIND A REASON TO INTERVENE IN SYRIA.
    I ENCOURAGE ASSAD TO FIGHT OBAMA'S RATS AND TO CLEAN THE COUNTRY OF ANY US INFLUENCE.

    December 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • Duke of Nuke

      Tactical/battlefield thermo-nuclear weapons. Clean and effective. Just vaporize the stockpiles.

      December 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
      • Cheese Wonton

        Modern energetic materials and precision guidance make tactical nuclear weapons unnecessary for war fighting. In ordnance it is said that for a weapon to be effective, the blast radius has to be at least equal to the CEP, or circular error probable. When unguided weapons had CEPs measured in the hundreds of meters and each weapon had to be effective, only a nuclear weapon could do the job. Today with higher explosive charges and CEPs down to maybe ten meters or less, conventional ordnance is more than sufficient for most of the target set formerly assigned to nuclear weapons.

        December 4, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Thank you, Fetah. I couldn't agree more! Barack Obama just wants another excuse to go on murdering Muslims since that seems to be his favorite thing to do!

      December 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
      • shane

        You need to lay off the crack lyndsie, if you really thing Obama personally hates Muslims you are out of your mind you obviously do not know enough about modern history/politics to understand why world tension/violence is centered around the arab world, its far more complex than 'obama hates muslims'.

        December 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
      • eMac

        First he is a Muslim, now he hates them. Wish you right wingers would pick a fiction and stick with it.

        December 4, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  25. Duke of Nuke

    Go CNN, cherry pick comments that only meet your discriminating agenda. S-C-R-E-W the Forth Estate!

    December 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
    • what1ever

      You mean the FOURTH estate, unless they are supposed to go forth and do something.

      December 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  26. Dr. Salah Sultan

    The Jewish owned media spreading more lies to influence more dumb americans. The jews are more than happy to sacrifice dumb americans to do their bidding. The usa is a puppet for the masters in Tel Aviv

    December 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  27. Lizzie nose

    Sarin gas? Why don't they just distribute laced koolaid? Doesn't Assad realize that if he orders everyone killed there will be no one to rule. I say help the Syrian People free themselves from the shackles of tyrany and take the path of self determination and freedom.

    December 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  28. Hiruu

    But most of the morons screaming about the kids in Syria DON'T WANT TO PAY A PENNY MORE IN TAXES to o fight another middle east war!!!!

    December 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      They don't want to pay a penny to help poor children in the US but they think the US has money to spare to bomb Syrian targets, "for the children". Sigh.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
  29. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    December 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  30. Myto Senseworth

    If you tell a dope dealer there is going to be a bust in a few weeks, what does he do with the drugs? Keep them there until the police come and bust them??? WMD... same thing. They are somewhere in the M.E. We didn't find them that's all.

    December 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • JOSH P.

      If you are referring to the ones Saddam had and we destroyed,we knew they were there because we gave him most of them to kill ,but if you had any brains you would have known that Saddam and the Syrian regime were worse enemies so you make no sense.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
      • Sporty

        Bush even confessed to his lies that Saddan and Iraq had WMD.
        Saddam had gotten rid of them as he told Bush and everyone else.
        Yet this BS lingers on..

        President Bush Admits Iraq Had No WMDs and 'Nothing' to Do With 9/11
        http://www.democracynow.org/2006/8/22/president_bush_admits_iraq_had_no

        December 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • Cheese Wonton

        Saddam hired German technicians, with the understanding of the German government, to build Iraqs chemical weapons program. They were called "Udays Germans" after Saddams son Uday who was in charge of the program.

        December 4, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Hiruu

      Hey clueless...Syria has had WMD for decades now, o they hardly needed Iraq's stockpile, which was destroyed, before Bush-Cheney crazy and costly adventure that bankrupt the country.

      December 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  31. War or peace?

    War=Syrian civilian and American soldier casualties =millions of $ spend for war=more debt =more unemployment =less defence budget =china and Russia raising defence budget=china and Russia become more powerful ???
    Peace=accepting use of chemicals=more powerful Iran=mullahs remain in power???

    December 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  32. wfhn

    The Syrians will justify the use of chemical weapons by saying they are not using them against their own people because the rebels are foreign terrorists fighting in the Syrian country.

    December 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Roscoe Chait

      If the US already knows for sure that Assad's forces are preparing the chemical weapons, we better attack now. Later, after he fires the shells or launches missles, will be too late.

      December 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  33. sunflower

    Everyone seems so alarmed and upset and freaked out over these chemical weapons. I sure wish the world was paying more attention to the chemtrails all over the world. They're going to harm WAY more people worldwide that these chemical weapons, and they seem to be either ignored or accepted by world leaders.... Not sure I want to know what they're up to, but it can't be good.

    December 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • Joseph

      Well Chemtrails are a figment of your imagination and sunlight hitting contrails, where as Syria really has chem weapons.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • Tyler

      If chemtrails are real then pilots all over the world would admit it. They dont. Also the best evidence if youtube videos of paranoid people pointing to passenger jets in the sky. The "chemtrail" is water vapor that runs through the jet engine and literally turns into a thin streak cloud that go aways slowly. You are right to question the goverment just though I would debunk your ignorant paranoia.

      December 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  34. fthdgn

    Wish the US had not deceived the world in the Iraq-case, so that we would believe this Syria one. Personally I am still tended to believe but that terrible experience have taught much. Credibility matters.

    December 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Lizzie nose

      Saddam admitted he wanted Kuwait to believe he had weapons of mass destruction. Unfortuneately he did a good job. The US agencies were convinced and much to our surprise there weren't any WMD. The joke was on us and the Kuwaities. Saddams joke backfired on him. True Story......

      December 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  35. alan fischer

    Well-the United Nations has gave the United States its marching order-take thousand of Syrians into the United States–to feed–cloth–to take care of their medical needs–one example is -Suhaib Herraka–Gainsville–Florida–he and his familey must apply for asylum–

    December 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  36. Matt

    You would literally have to be insane to use chemical weapons these days ~ The world opinion ~ even Russia and China ~ know you cant play that card anymore. Its a no win proposition ~ So its either a move of "I'm taking everyone with me" by a dictator on his way to death ~ or its not true and the US Media machine fires up the smoke and mirrors on command directed by the Social Worker in Chief.

    December 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Russ

      But the same could have been said about targeting hospitals, and play grounds.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
      • joe

        Israel gets away with it....

        December 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  37. Frank Vivaldi

    Syria proves to the world how barbarians the Arabs r. We've seen it in Lebanon, Gaza when PLO and HAMAS had a showdown & slaughtered each other without any regard for human life.

    December 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Russ

      Arabs? Wake up and smell the stench of death that's in all of human history.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  38. Joseph Coker

    Where did the U.S. say Iraq was sending the chemical warfare agents too. I seem to remember several large conveys leaving Iraq and entering Syria with what was said to be chemical and biological warfare agents. There were non found in Iraq. Wonder where the hell they went?

    December 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Russ

      Syria all ready had better chem weapons by than and had no need for Iraq's crude weapons.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • JOSH P.

      Sure keep on lying for the lies that caused the destruction of a country and the million we murder in Iraq,Saddam giving anything to Assad in Syria would be the same as him giving them to the Iranians as they hate one another..
      Syria has it,s own WMD and don,t need any from no one else.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  39. TheSurvivalGuy

    Reblogged this on thesurvivalplaceblog.

    December 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  40. Ken

    "Syrian State TV cited a Foreign Ministry official on Monday as saying the country would never use chemical weapons on its own people." - Very Honest and Truthful. And since Syria has repeatedly stated and labelled the rebels as terrorists and outsiders trying to topple the government, we should all know by now that they are not considered Syria's own people. Thus the use of chemical weapons would be allowed, and no one has been lying.

    December 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Russ

      And so says the voice of Syria's Big Brother.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  41. Frank Vivaldi

    42,000+ dead, thousands wounded & maimed including many women & children. Where is the Muslim outrage? Where is the CNN 24 hour round the clock coverage accorded the Palestinians in Gaza showing horrific consequences of war? Where r the Gaza Flotilas? To cowardly to go into a real war zone where they'd be shot on sight.

    December 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • bobo

      Gaza has Floats?? When is the parade?

      December 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
      • Frank Vivaldi

        Guess you cannot read. If you were able to read you'd read that my comments says "flotilas" not floats. Hey, go back to school before u post comments. But then u IQ may be too low.

        December 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Hiruu

      Tonight must be the night for clueless...This is an INTERNAL civil war...what frigging outrage?!?! Where is the outrage over what is happening in Mali now, or the Congo, or ! BTW, CNN has been covering the heck out of Syria with pro-western bias for more than a year, PLUS are you saying we should treat Israel like we do Syria? So Clueless...

      December 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  42. Kim Jong No-dong

    Just answer this one, simple question – Would the people of Syria help the people of America if roles were reversed?

    December 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • db

      Stupid question, they do not have the capacity to do so.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
      • Kim Jong No-dong

        Stupid answer. I said, if roles were reversed. And the answer is, no, they wouldn't. They hated America before their civil war, but now have their bloody hands held out begging for aid.

        December 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • Lizzie nose

        Kim j dong. Pleasse lol rotf ......whay a.comedian now ......

        December 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  43. bobo

    I think we should start a war and see who will intervene.....

    December 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • Chuckie

      Apocalypse NOW!

      December 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  44. tim

    syria's "government" can't seriously believe that we would believe a word that they say that they won't use chemical weapons. after murdering their children and terrorizing their people I think everyone knows that these terrorists will use chemical weapons without hesitation if they think that they can get away with it. They have no regard for their people or civilized society and should be taken out at the earliest opportunity. I stand with my Syrian brothers and sisters in the hope that freedom will come soon. Al-Assad, we are coming for you.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  45. alligator face

    it WILL hapen......before Assad goes completely down and before he concedes complete defeat he WILL use chemical weapons......he will die before surrendering and he will use chemical warfare before he dies.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Syrian govt will exterminate the Jihadis and give us the justification we have been waiting for to go in all in one fell swoop, sounds to me like everything is going according to plan...

      December 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  46. USA

    I think its safe to say that islam is NOT a peaceful religion....

    December 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Chakdaddy

      I think it 's very safe to state that you 're ignorant

      December 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • neurd

      Taken in the right context, few religions are. That's including Christianity and Judaism. Buddhism might be exempt. Not sure. Point is, any religion is violent in the wrong hands. Just as any religion can be peaceful in the right ones. Making blanket statements does little but offend and destroy dialogue.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  47. Quark Hadron

    Deja Vue?

    I'm sure I've seen this discussion before.......

    "The United States obtained intelligence over the weekend indicating this development, according to the official who had direct knowledge of the latest information.

    The intelligence, the official said, came from multiple sources but declined to provide any more details about how the United states learned of it."

    Tough one to swallow.... Sadam didn't but Bashar does? That make sense?

    December 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Chuckie

      Dude, the world has verified and Syria freely admits that they have chemical weapons. Many stockpiles of chemical weapons. Don't you read current events?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • shamus

      Deja what?

      December 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Samir

      Yup....We've seen this play out before. Will the U.S. be duped again, by the looks of this message board, it appears so.

      Funny how the majority of people who think we should get involved, never could be bothered to spend a day in the military themselves.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
      • David Gillis

        Samir,
        Quit making up stories to fit your bias. I served in the Vietnam war, the Gulf War, the Iraq War and I support US intervention in Syria. Folks who are content to stand by while tyrants brutalize and kill their own citizens have no moral backbone. Yes, I would die for the freedom of others. Your self-service lies give poor cover for your own moral cowardice.

        December 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  48. Kim Jong No-dong

    I have no bleeding-heart for my own enemies. Why should I? Stop trying to convince me that the same people who hate me deserve my compassion.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  49. American

    Wow, did you see that picture in this headline? Total destruction......assad and his iranian thugs are just pummelling residential areas.......where is the UN? Where is the arab league? Yet they rush to action when Israel kills a petty terrorist....this is why no one takes stake in the UN anymore.....well at least the educated western countries dont...the UN is now a muslim cesspool...just like the muslim countries....

    December 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • WalksLikeADuck

      Q: Where were they when the Towers went down?
      A: Dancing in the Streets (like every other dirtperson).

      Let em fry.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
      • Cheese Wonton

        Exactly. This war almost can't last long enough or kill enough Syrians for my liking.

        December 4, 2012 at 12:35 am |
  50. MimiH

    The fact that the first story headlining on CNN is about the Dutchess' pregnancy is EXACTLY what's wrong with America! We are about to enter into WW III with Syria, and that garbage is taking precedent. Unbelievable! Please read this article written in the Canadian FREE Press about why this is the BEGINNING of WW III. READ it, IF you can STOMACH it! http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/51470

    December 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • WalksLikeADuck

      "We are about to enter into WW III with Syria"

      Relax Mimi – you have your entire life to be thought a fool. Don't give it up here.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • shamus

      I can't stomach anything Canadian.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
      • David

        I am a Canadian. What's the problem with your stomach?

        December 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
      • MimiH

        The articel ISN'T FOMR Canada...The author is an American who lives in Pitttsburg, PA....The Northeast Intelligence Network is comprised of a network of veteran, licensed professional investigators, analysts, military affairs specialists and researchers who have combined their resources in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States by Islamic terrorists. Team members volunteers their time and combine their expertise to fill a specific niche in the private sector to research, investigate and analyze potential terrorist threats that continue to face the United States. Each professional member of the Northeast Intelligence Network excels in their various fields of expertise and has a proven track record of successes. Why don't you read the article, andTHEN come back here and POST a WORTHY response!

        December 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  51. citizenUSA

    I guess ASS-ad has been sniffing some of those chems. He can't really believe that the world will allow the use of chem weapons to go beyond the first incident without consequence.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Chuckie

      The world (i.e., useless UN) will use strongly worded statements against Syria if chemical warfare is used. That's all that would be done. I think Assad knows that.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • cheapseats2

        ..and President Obama has absolutely no credibility when it comes to making threats against Syria if they choose to use the chemical weapons. Just like he has no credibility when it comes to stopping Iran from building a nuke. Both countries know he doesn't have the g u t s to do anything but throw hollow threats of sanctions and that's about it. Threats without occasionally backing them up, quickly become empty words.

        December 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Tim

      Little Mo. from Pa. Let them gas all day long, Who cares?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
      • Tony

        I should send you a video of a person poisoned with sarin..... You would probably be the first one in to stop it.... You will never see a death more grotesque or horrific than one caused by chem warfare...I'd rather my stomach be ripped open by a shelling, it looks less painful

        December 4, 2012 at 5:35 am |
    • Cheese Wonton

      What exactly is the world going to do about it if he does use chemical weapons? Nothing, that's what. As long as China and Russia are willing to patronize Syria, there is little the rest of the world will be willing to do about it.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:37 am | Reply
  52. Chuckie

    Nah, we won't use chemical weapons to kill our own people, we'll just do it the conventional way! Get the picture?

    December 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  53. JT

    Curveball, is that you?

    December 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  54. Andrew

    Directly attacking a unit armed with chemical weapons may do almost as much damage to civilians as the weapons if they were employed, depending on where the strike is made and with what. NATO or other regional powers may want to consider cratering the roads leading from the weapons depots, if only to slow them down, act as a warning or give Assad a chance to sit back and think twice before he unleashes such a horror.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • shamus

      Nah, just use a fuel-air bomb.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • Andrew

        That might do it. It may also spread it over a wide area. I wonder if the US or the Russians have any hard data on that.

        December 4, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  55. jim

    Who are the HYPOCRITES?

    December 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
    • Kim Jong No-dong

      Who cares? Two wrongs don't make a right.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • BobPitt

        Great name!!!...

        December 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
      • shamus

        True, but three lefts do.

        December 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  56. pinkfloyd43

    Hopefully we won't get involved with still another insane Islamic country, what is the count now, well TOO MANY!

    December 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  57. Jamal

    I hope he uses on his own people. Just less terrorists in the world.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • copanut

      Such thoughts make you exactly what you scorn.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  58. Dan

    This should read, "Assad regime mixing chemicals for use against Al Qaeda fighters that are financed by the hijacked U.S. government".

    December 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • copanut

      Which I guess makes it okay?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • ken

      You are a waste of Internet space. What a load of crock.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  59. jim

    Where the hell is Assad? They need to capture his a$$ and stop this mess.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  60. floridasboy

    where are all the liberal dem pukes who swore there were no WMDs in the middle east when the US went into Iraq. Now Obama is threatening to bomb Syria over the same thing.... stinking HYPOCRITES. BIH (burn in h3ll)

    December 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Your mother

      Your mom is a WMD

      December 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
      • Your mother

        floridasboy
        You have a female internet handle.

        December 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
      • Lagos

        Woman with Multiple d1cks?

        December 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Your mother

      "where are all the liberal dem pukes who swore there were no WMDs in the middle east when the US went into Iraq" I was in Iraq twice. Where were you? You are a clown floridaboy. Serious change your pedo name.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Tim

      The Middle East is not one place. There were no WMDs in Iraq. There are some in Syria. Also, you're an idiot.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
      • JV12

        I guess the 150000 kurd killed by saddam and chemical weapon was a lie too.

        December 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
      • Samir

        All the Kurds in Iraq, just magically died in your reasoning. People are so clueless these days.

        December 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Russ

      No one said there was no chemical WMDs in the middle east, only that there was only no more left in Iraq. Get your facts correct. Every one who does knew Syria has had them for some time and are binary type, which are more more complex than what Iraq had.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • JOSH P.

      You are an idiot,Iraq is not Syria,first of all we knew Iraq had WMD because we gave it to Saddam to kill Iranians,the inspectors destroyed the rest,as far as no WMD in the middle east I never heard any media said there was none in other countries,Syria have their own and other countries there as well,Saddam and Assad in syria were the worse enemies,so the idea that saddam gave them to the Syrians are absurd,only an idiot like you would believe that.

      December 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  61. bob

    here we go again, hang on

    December 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  62. JV

    Wondering what you libs would think about the US bombing the shiite out of Syria if they used chemical weapons. Of course we are the only ones who can really do anything effective. It’s exactly what Saddam did, yet, you all still call the Iraq war unjustified.. Just wondering..

    December 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • bob

      let them all kill one another

      December 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
      • JV

        I wish it were that simple. After 10,000+ more are killed and after dozens of Security Council resolutions are vetoed and vetoed by Russia and China. What would you do?

        December 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • jom

      The defense companies have new products that need testing. Lets start a war and test those weapons. good for business.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • copanut

      We did not invade Iraq for using chemical weapons. They had used tem on Kurds previously, and we did nothing. The only reason we invaded Iraq was a misguided attempt to refashion the ME, on invented stories about WMD. If Syria uses these weapons, I would still not be in favor of invasion. Perhaps targeted bombing of their chemical facilities in conjunction with international cooperation would be in order.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
      • Russ

        Worse than invented, but self delusion that lead to choosing to using the wrong intell.

        December 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Mileniom

      Iraq vastly used Chemicals in war against Iran and US was silent and did nothing.now the matter is not syria's people it's Israel another war for those israelies .

      December 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
      • USA

        Another war for Israel? When was the first one? No country has ever gone to Israel to fight other countries...you are a liar and not American...you are not in the American military ....you are a muslim writing from a muslim country.....no one believes your lies....violent islam....

        December 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • Mileniom

        Mr historian Iraq fired scud missiles on Israel and they feared sadam would surprise them with a little chemical present .syria threats it will use chemicals against Israel in war .iran says it will shoot missiles to Israel in war you can't see relations?why US wants war in Syria?to free syria's people?why it isn't going to Africa and free Africans from war and bloodshed mr native American

        December 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • Tony

        500 special operations forces, the best of our military are in Africa as I type this training forces in five countries to combat oppressive forces.... The US has made mistakes in the past regarding chem weapons..... But we have new leadership from then

        December 4, 2012 at 5:49 am |
    • BobPitt

      During the Iran Iraq was ws the US that gave chemical weapons to Sadam,

      December 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • Russ

        No the US did not. A chemist can make chemical weapons with some small change to any place that makes bug spray. There are only small differences between some bug sprays and human sprays.

        December 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • BobPitt

      During the Iran Iraq was ws the US that gave chemical weapons to Sadam

      December 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • joe

      We invaded Iraq without justification 25 years after he gassed his own people and 15 years after we blew his military off the map in Desert Storm for invading Kuwait. To compare that to what's happening in Syria shows unrestrained ignorance and complete lack of historical facts. Get your facts straight people then we may yet be able to have an intelligent debate. Turn off Fox News and read a damn newspaper or use the internet to feed some intellectual curiosity. Code – Get your head out of your ass.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  63. Norman

    Not to worry. The world will stand idly by and let Assad gas his own people...

    December 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  64. JOSH P.

    I hope Assad goes down in a fury and let all hell break loose,starting with Turkey and Ishrahell,then Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  65. Moss

    WMD, Iraq war version 2.0.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply

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