September 19th, 2013
04:05 PM ET

Syria moves chemical weapons again, motive unclear

By Barbara Starr

The Syrian regime is again moving around its stockpile of chemical weapons, leaving the United States trying to figure out what Bashar al-Assad will do next with his deadly arsenal.

CNN has learned that the U.S. intelligence community is closely watching the latest development as diplomatic efforts continue around forging a plan for al-Assad to relinquish those stockpiles to international control.

Obama administration officials at two agencies said the movement took place in recent days – since United States and Russia agreed on September 14 to a timetable for Syria to declare its chemical weapons inventory and then give them up.

“There is activity at known chemical weapons storage sites,” one official said. “What is unclear is whether they are moving them to consolidate the stockpile and then declare it, or are they moving it around to conceal it” in advance of reporting it to international inspectors.

U.S. satellites have observed truck convoys moving in and out of storage sites, but the ongoing intelligence challenge involves knowing where the trucks are headed and exactly what they are carrying, that official added.

“Call us skeptical” of Syrian intentions, the other official said.

Both asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the information.

While Syria previously moved chemical stockpiles around apparently to avoid the risk of them falling into the hands of rebels, this time the motivation is not clear.

One official confirmed the Obama administration has received specific information in recent months from Russia that the chemical weapons are secure. That assessment came from communications between Moscow and Damascus.

But the U.S. intelligence community also has continued to use satellite imagery, intercepts and human sources on the ground inside Syria to develop its own picture.

At this point, the United States has no reason to believe the weapons are not secure. But as CNN previously reported, there is also disagreement within the intelligence community about whether the United States knows the location of the entire stockpile.

soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Jhfd Tfhmgh

    On the other hand...To the Syrian people there maybe a cease fire developing be ready...remember its Syria for Syrians...but don't get your hopes up just yet...

    September 22, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
  2. Jhfd Tfhmgh

    '1. Doing nothing and letting the terrorists kill each other while eating popcorn to enjoy the spectacle of our enemies being destroyed;
    or
    2) Launch a full-scale invasion and subsequent occupation of Syria to prevent the entire Middle East from “balkanizing” with the purpose of removing Assad while preventing al-Qaeda from gaining control of an entire country, placing a check and a warning on Iran, increasing our influence in the Middle East, and above all, save hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.
    Which would you choose?'.... I say maybe, it will be modulation...UNDERSTAND??? Be Ready...

    September 22, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
  3. tex from Virginia

    Demand all foreign "aid" (which only benifits over seas corporations in negotiating lucrative contracts to exploit sovereign nations natural wealth) be redirected towards American infrastructure, a 21st century power grid, modernizing communications by expanding high speed networks, advancement in achieving American energy independence, affordable high quality medical care (geared towards patient results, instead of pleasing corporate shareholders with profits), and finally the most important, employing and training American workers to compete in the modern work force and paying a livable wage. The government no longer works for you, it's time to make the government work towards a better future based on the needs of the average American and not corporate or political ambitions.

    September 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      We can stop all foreign aid and watch other nations step in and take away our foreign markets, align their political loyalty with their new benefactors and be beholden to nations that do not necessarily have our best interest at heart. China is beginning to make economic inroads in Africa and South America now: Places we have ignored for years. Aside, our foreign aid $$$s wouldn't begin to fix our infrastructure needs.

      September 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
      • StanCalif

        China is very actively extracting resources from Africa and So. America. China gets Iraq's oil (Cheney didn't get one drop that he told us would pay for our little excursion). China also has the rights to the huge copper resources in Afghanistan! They won this after WE insisted on creating a "democratic" government who then held an auction to the copper field!
        All this with one single Chinese "boot on the ground", no foreign aid (just bribes). China wins!

        September 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  4. Portland tony

    These weapons may be moved for various reasons. They may be moved just to keep them away from rebel hands. They may be consolidating them to prevent an unauthorized use by an ambitious field commander. Additionally, Since the chemicals in the warheads rapidly degrade, their usefulness as a WMD is limited. After a month or so in the desert the chemicals in the binary Sarin weapons (two relatively inert chemicals in an artillery shell that mix on firing) become so degraded they are useless and have to be recycled. Politically,he may be consolidating their location so he can please the Russians with their negotiations for eventual destruction of these weapons. One thing for sure, they aren't being moved to avoid US air strikes, since air strikes would just release the chemicals on the population which we are not going to do!

    September 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Nick

      BTW, this is a completely true story. My ex-father in law is a Colonel in the FSB (formerly the KGB). He was actually passed over for a promotion to General because I married his daughter. He has know of Putin throughout his entire career and has personally attested to me EVERYTHING McCain has said about Putin. This is a second hand story, from a first hand account from deep inside the Russian government, the few people rarely get to experience. He never voted for Putin and never would. What most people do not realize in World Politics is that there are no "coincidences". There is no coincidence that Putin attempts to put on a power play with his "negotiated" agreement to disarm Syria of their chemical weapons and Iran now wanting to come and "play ball" with the U.S. The ONLY reason for both actions by Putin and Iran is to put on a "front" so the U.S. does not attack their friend and economical partner, Syria. They are COMPLETELY VOID OF HONESTY, GOOD WILL AND GOOD INTENTIONS as these are just stall tactics to give Syria time to win it's war and move it's chemical weapons. Time is on their side and we need to act NOW! To add to this, Putin is no different and no better than Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden, Gadafi, and all other tyrants who do nothing but kill and steal from their own people and set back the development and growth of humanity.

      September 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  5. Freakanomics

    Us wants to help Syrian people for humanitarian reasons.. What about people in Congo, Rwanda & other African nations ???
    Genocide rape and what not !!! I guess no strategic interest.

    September 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • GetReal

      What are the citizens of those countries doing to help themselves? What is the UN doing to help them? We simply don't have the resources to be the only global police. Do you expect President Obama to put on a cape and play Superman when he can't even obtain global support against chemical weapons?

      September 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply
      • Max

        You are right, you had to say the same when you country was invading other countries to get oil, you had to say that when your government were supporting dictator to rob their resources, you remember USA how quick got involved with Libya ? Because they have oil, and now the only safe place in Libya are oil rigs but poor Syrians they have to die because they don't have any resources.

        September 20, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
  6. ismail

    someone must be credulous dumb to believe that they will give up their strategic weapons.I think that agreement was just a bargain among USA,Russia and Iran, and yes as you can guess the loser was USA.Now Russia has the upper hand in the middle east because of coward Obama.I think USA will see the consequences in the near future.And for the American people who asks USA to be out of these things I must say that "A SUPERPOWER cant be SILENT if it wants to remain SUPERPOWER " unless there is no difference between Afghanistan and USA.

    September 20, 2013 at 5:54 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      I completely disagree! What Obama accomplished was to get Russia to take responsibility for their errant child! Same as he did with China and North Korea! Decades of "talks" and free gifts from America did nothing to calm down NK! When China was told to "fix" this or suffer economic consequences, NK suddenly stopped all belligerent talk and actions! Yea! NK even reopened their joint manufacturing facility! Next step is to reopen their huge tourist hotel that has been sitting empty!
      Today, solving problems is not about brute force and being the "world's policeman". This has accomplished nothing!
      Remember Vietnam? All of our tremendous efforts and lost lives accomplished nothing. When we finally "gave up" and came home, the Vietnam economy recovered very quickly! Today, Vietnam is a trading partner with us!

      September 20, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
      • ismail

        you have forgotten one another thing that the NK gov has opened recently, they restarted their suspended nuclear planet a gift for passive america.

        September 20, 2013 at 8:39 am |
      • ismail

        And about Vietnam war .It's completely because of that war the we don't have another North Korea like country there.

        September 20, 2013 at 8:48 am |
      • StanCalif

        ismail,
        I tried to continue our discussion, but CNN won't publish my reply!

        September 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • hulio

      Obama and Kerry have turned Americas foreign policy into nothing more than just spectators. Assad is flipping off both of them and they are just standing there with their mouths open.

      September 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • GetReal

        Nonsense. Assad went belly up when Obama threatened the use of force.

        September 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
      • Max

        @ get real
        Yes you are right, Obama threatened and Putin told him ""shut the pie whole""

        September 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • GetReal

      How is Obama a coward, when he was the one who stood up and defended international laws against the use of chemical weapons? The cowards were those who failed to support his efforts.

      September 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Reply
      • TK

        Syria is not afraid of Obama, they have Putin to protect them and thats what he did. The world is not afraid of Obama they are afraid of action. Obama is all talk, and they know that now.

        September 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
      • Portland tony

        You want an other friggin war? Go for it. Don't look at Obama, congress wouldn't even approve a limited air strike, let alone a full blown invasion. Owning Syria is not a goal I support.

        September 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
      • LL

        It's not about Obama being a coward, it's about him putting himself into a corner where he had to save face. His arrogance got in the way and other countries weren't buying it. Now the Dems are putting a new spin on it hoping things turn out to make America look tough again with Obamas renewed war cry "we'll keep pressure on them". Another thing, I have never heard Obama sound so up beat and relieved as when Putin stepped in with his new slant to the problem and renewed hope for Obama. Obama lagged from the start and through a series of events caused his own problem.

        September 23, 2013 at 4:38 am |
  7. SayanIndia

    Probably signs of confused activities.

    God forbid, but any accidental detonation on or near the toxic and volatile stockpile...

    Sayan.

    September 20, 2013 at 5:33 am | Reply
  8. saeed

    usa and britain said we gonna strike syria the p u s s y s backed down when iran starts the genocide the jews usa and britain will back down then also or 2000 nuclear armed icbms will reduce there mothers to dust.

    September 20, 2013 at 2:43 am | Reply
    • Phelix Unger

      Saeed you continue to surprise me with all the new material and thought you put into your posts. If we were to go back two years the same dribble would be coming out of that pie hole of yours. Get up to speed you nitwit, find some new stuff, that will shock everyone. Like say – you love your little rubber ducky. Then you can say – That you are going to nuke your rubber ducky. Maybe you could admit that your really a big fan of the Dali Lama, and not really a war mongering carpet riding prince of darkness. Maybe your a fan of Bambi and Old Yeller, in case your wondering Blue is a wonderful color.

      September 20, 2013 at 3:41 am | Reply
  9. Dan

    Meh. Syria should just ship those chemweps back to Iraq, where they came from.

    September 20, 2013 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • ismail

      yes finally the people who were claiming for the Iraq's chem weapon can find out why the army couldn't find them in Iraq.They have carried to Syria by Russia and Iran to :1st blame the USA and it's allies as a fake 2nd:preserve these weapons in the area to support Iran

      September 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  10. Max

    In G8

    Obama: ( raised his hand) excuse me Mr Putin, I need to use washroom

    Putin: how many times I have to tell you "do not drink so much"

    Obama : it's not about drinking I just get too nervous when I'm in your presence sir

    Putin: ok kid you are excused , do it quick or even do not bother to come back

    September 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
    • MaxLe

      Correct! 100/100

      September 20, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • Phelix Unger

      Gee Max your really funny, you know like funny ha ha.

      How long have you been working for the fsb. I mean an American wouldn't go out of his way to make the leader of his country, the most powerful one on the planet, look like a fool. Especially the little man with an inferiority complex. A man who rules his country with complete disregard for the rights of his citizens, a man who is so afraid of a girl band, he locks them up. A man who takes his citizens and puts them in prison because they disagree with his politics. A man who supports a mass murderer in Assad. This is the man you hold above your president. Simple little mind you have there Max. Seeing as he is going to try and continue to rule like a dictator for a fourth term, you should maybe go out and campaign with him.

      September 20, 2013 at 1:18 am | Reply
      • Max

        My comment is not in support of putin, ,, in my opinion putin is the most disgusting ( I can not even call him person) creature on the planet ,, what is sad is the fact that Obama is such poor president and is so hesitant in foreign policy gives people like putin upper hand,,, by the way I'm not american and Obama is not my president although I love Americans and I believe the deserve to have a more powerful president one that can make right decisions without hesitation

        September 20, 2013 at 7:24 am |
  11. Kutfd Nkhrd

    Assad said some of the exact things that Gadaffie said before he got roled...

    September 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  12. Kutfd Nkhrd

    Assad is a monster...he has not done a 180 so he will get rolled...

    September 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  13. Noah Zemke

    Sorry but we can not trust that these reports hold any accuracy. You could see it in Kerry's eyes the first time he got up there screaming about chemical weapons and bombing their country...he had already made up his mind and that we will go no matter what the lie he must tell.

    September 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  14. russia

    Russia is the main terrorist ... why is it not monitoring this , they are basically supporting Syria this is really sad .

    September 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • Lionel

      Agree and the right wing conservatives in congress are doing a great job supporting Putin and congratulating on a great proposal.

      September 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Reply
      • Max

        I think either you learnt right wing today or you had too much beer and wings today ,, you use right wing in all your lame comments

        September 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • DaKardii

      Russia and America are the main terrorists. The former side backs Hezbollah, while America backs al-Qaeda in this conflict. It's a shame that people are deciding to choose between the lesser of two evils, when they're in fact still choosing evil. How about choosing GOOD? We can choose GOOD by either:

      1) Doing nothing and letting the terrorists kill each other while eating popcorn to enjoy the spectacle of our enemies being destroyed;

      or

      2) Launch a full-scale invasion and subsequent occupation of Syria to prevent the entire Middle East from "balkanizing" with the purpose of removing Assad while preventing al-Qaeda from gaining control of an entire country, placing a check and a warning on Iran, increasing our influence in the Middle East, and above all, save hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.

      Which would you choose?

      September 20, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
  15. Puddin

    The US just recently put another sattilite up in space. I figured they had good reason for doing so. Now I know. Neither Assad not Putin can be trusted. We've known that for a long time. Putin should get his nose out of our business; otherwise, he may find himself without a nose. I wouldn't give the president a hard time; just leave him alone to do his thing. Remember Bob Gates, his first Secty. of Defense? He said he enjoyed working with Pres. Obama because he gave so much careful thought regarding his decisions. I am glad there is at least one Republican out there who doesn't hate Obama because he doesn't have an "R" beside his name.

    September 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • Lionel

      Thank you Puddin, great comment.

      September 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      The problem is, We (The US) stuck our nose in *Putin's* business. Personally, we (The US) should stop sticking our noses where they do not belong, or even wanted.

      The world is not the Empire of America.

      September 20, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply
  16. Max

    Obama: hey Sasha if you don't do your homework you will be grounded

    Sasha: dad , this time before you set a red line please get permission from Putin

    September 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Reply
    • Lionel

      Right Wing Conservatives: Hey Putin, we are going to stop Obama from striking by not passing any bills in congress.

      Putin: You are doing a great job destroying America. Keep up the good work, Tea Party.

      September 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  17. I'mvotingforHillary

    They are hiding them.

    September 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Max

      At least she is more of a man than Obama. I'm sure she has bigger balls than Obama

      September 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply
      • Lionel

        At least she is better than any thing the right wing conservatives have to offer.

        At least Obama saved the country from a great depression. Have you checked your 401k lately.

        September 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
      • Max

        @Lionel
        As long as you are happy with least and you start you comment about Obama with "at least" you chose a right president, at least he is not vegetable.

        September 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
    • Betty

      People will find out soon enough and it isnt going to be fun.

      September 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Hillary? What did she ever do for us? NOTHING! She spent her term as Sec. of State traveling all over the world on her government paid "mileage awards"! Her bungled "reset button" with Russia went nowhere, she never invested any time or effort working with the Russians. Benghazi? Not entirely her fault, but again too busy traveling to keep up with her duties. No vote here for Hillary! She doesn't have what it takes!

      September 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      This is funny! Just a short time ago everybody was posting how Obama is so wrong in wanting to to strike Syria. Then after things cool off and Syria starts playing games, the posters now claim Obama has no balls. So then Obama was a bad guy for wanting to strike, now he is the bad guy for not going through with it. Obama is so unpopular that any decision will be the wrong one.

      September 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  18. HC

    Our tax money is paying for these politicians, CIA, FBI, etc... I just wish whatever decision they make they should be take responsible and accountable for their action. Stop playing a blame game. We already lossed alot of money over the iraq war and same concept in Bush admin. Any of them taking any responsible for those kids we send oversea to die for our freedom and oils. Just pathetic. the higher position you're the more price you have to pay if you're guessing wrong. Bottom line do you think our goverment ability to doing the right thing ?

    September 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  19. Ema milord

    Putin is not a U.S. friend. Don't forget what he did in the NSA leak. case Snowden. we can't trust him.

    September 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      U.S. Officials were going to get Getstapo on Snowden.

      In this case, the NSA, Obama, and those others involved did *wrong*

      Snowden, while maybe not quite a hero, is a solid whistleblower who did the right thing, where our administration did not.

      September 20, 2013 at 8:17 am | Reply
  20. jbird68

    Whomever decided to defund and deactivate the SR71 can share some blame. Satellites just arent maneuvered quickly enough to catch deception.

    September 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • WWJD

      SR71 not needed anymore, drones can see everything needed in these little countries.

      September 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • ccsroscoe@gmail.com

      Lol, as if placing many over the middle east hasn't been done for the last 40 years!

      September 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  21. clarinet

    These talks will be as productive as the Paris peace talks during Vietnam. We want a round table, no, wait – an oval – no that one's too small, okay square, no rectangular, but only if we sit on the long side....blah blah blah bang bang bang.

    September 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  22. bmonteith

    I'm not a senior military analyst or anything, just a former naval flight officer. But, if it's going to get shot out of an artillery tube or a rocket launcher, it probably looks like the HE versions sitting right next to it.. We couldn't track down Scud missiles on tractor-trailer sized erector launchers in 1991, and we aren't going to find little crates of chem rounds without boots on the ground, which all parties agree is not going to happen.

    September 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  23. Max

    It looks like Obama is sitting aside watching Putin making decision for USA,, Obama is the weakest commander in chief ever, unfortunately his poor leadership in US effect whole world. I'm even think when he wake up in the morning he is hesitant if he want scrambled eggs or boiled one for breakfast

    September 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      @MAX....stop acting like an idiot and say something constructive...or go back to FAUXNEWS.

      September 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply
      • Max

        @SLEEPY Mike
        Remember your passive president and your hippy liberal style of thinking will have devastating consequences for the world in future, you don't know me I don't read Fox News (although I believe liberals like you and Fox News are opposite ends of extremism ) and for your info I'm not American but unfortunately the lame decisions of your president is effecting the whole world,, remember no matter how dumb you are Assad and other terrorists still hate you and if you don't defeat them there they will bring the war to you,,

        September 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
      • Voice of Reason

        Why is it that whenever people have a difference of opinion on these boards the first reaction is to attack. It seems to me a bit ironic that most would criticize an attack on a country that has committed heinous crimes against their own people, yet will not hesitate to assassinate the character of someone who simply expresses an opposing viewpoint. As far as I am concerned, if you act in such a way you are no different than the politicians who have created the instability that grips our country and the globe. Adams and Jefferson would be ashamed.

        September 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
      • Lionel

        Funny how right wing folks attack Obama for wanting to strike Syria and are now turning around and attacking him for trying to resolve this peacefully. Americans will forever remember how the racist right wings attack our president. Let's vote them out in 2014 and then elect Hillary in 2016.

        September 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
      • Max

        @Lionel

        Yes everybody hurry up vote for liberals , after all the only concern Lionel has is to smoke pot freely and marrying his gay lover,, forget about the rest, who care Assad is killing innocent people

        September 20, 2013 at 12:18 am |
      • GetReal

        @Max – Sounds to me like you wish that you also had the freedom to smoke pot and marry your gay lover.

        September 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
      • Max

        @get real

        I see you are trying to get real one, for now have fun with fake one

        September 20, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
    • StanCalif

      No, you are very wrong! Obama's decisions brought Russia to get involved and try to find some solution other than yet another war for us to fight in the Middle East! We don't want another war, Russia doesn't want another war. Had Obama played "cowboy" like GWB, we would have another war. Military action (by remote control) cannot and will not solve this problem. Any military attack would surely have to be followed up with "boots on the ground", no way to avoid this! War is war, there is no such thing as a "limited engagement" that actually solves anything. Already we are talking about sending American troops over there to advise and train the rebels. Isn't this "boots on the ground"? This is exactly what happened before! Start with advisers and trainers, then get caught up in a war we don't need!

      September 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
      • Lionel

        Thank you Stan. Finally a some with reason. @Max needs to learn a thing from this.

        September 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • Lionel

      Actually, the treat of a strike brought the Russians to the bargaining table.

      It is the dumb conservatives who are sitting on their ass attacking the administration.

      September 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
      • Max

        Lionel : let's vote for liberals after all the only thing I care for is smoking pot and getting married with my gay lover

        September 20, 2013 at 12:00 am |
      • GetReal

        Glad to see someone else is paying attention. Obama threatened military action and Assad went belly up. Kerry revealed a carrot. Putin and Assad jumped at the opportunity to avoid a Syrian collapse. Meanwhile, our own right wing nut jobs do nothing but complain, just when our POTUS needs our support.
        Single handed, Obama personally went to other world leaders, the UN, and Congress for support in enforcing International Laws, but they let him down.
        He made every effort to defend innocent victims of senseless genocide. He stood up for humanity. Nearly everyone else opposed him. But, that makes him neither weak nor wrong.

        September 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
  24. curious2

    At some point and would be soon......could put the UN on hold......."lock and load"........they are up to something......don't take no wooden pickles Americans......

    September 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  25. TED DAVEY

    THE REAL THREAT IS IRAN

    September 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Lionel

      The real threat is right wing conservatives in American. They are the American Tealiban.

      September 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  26. Max

    This dumb administration is relying on Russians ,,, wake up Obama,,

    September 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • Lionel

      Dumb conservatives are attacking everything the president tries.

      Dammed if you and dammed if you don't. Let's get rid of these nut jobs.

      September 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  27. caesarbc

    We have all seen this game before, and we all know how it's going to end.

    September 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  28. Ydfgjm Dfhk

    66...

    September 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  29. Mikey B.

    “There is activity at known chemical weapons storage sites,” one official said. “What is unclear is whether they are moving them to consolidate the stockpile and then declare it, or are they moving it around to conceal it” in advance of reporting it to international inspectors.

    DUH....AND WHICH ONE DO YOU SUPPOSE?

    September 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  30. HeyHey

    They are just moving the Iraqi WMD's around.,.

    September 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  31. reasonablebe

    the reason is crystal clear.....they are tryng to conceal them before declaration date..... but guess what, syria? if you don't give them up, there will be a military strike, you can count on it.

    September 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • res65

      there will be no strike on syria. remember, putins enemies in syria are the same as ours. assad is no friend either but he is the lesser of 2 evils in syria.

      September 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  32. Emmy G

    Russia said it was the rebels who used sarin and Syria said they'd welcome the return of the weapons inspectors. I bet the Assad regime (perhaps with Russian help) is moving the chemical weapons into locations where they can blame its use on opposition groups.

    September 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  33. Kfhj Rwrtkfgh

    When Assad is gone we can all talk...or not...

    September 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  34. Kfhj Rwrtkfgh

    No Olyimpics in Russia

    September 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  35. Kfhj Rwrtkfgh

    Assad you have blown up your own BS...

    September 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  36. SomeOne

    Obviously they are moving it away from Al Queda so that they don't steal it and use it on peaceful population.

    September 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Shell game

      How naive.

      September 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • doctorlb

      Oh, right. Al Qaeda is preparing inspection teams at the moment.
      Oh, right. A "peaceful population." I wondered why it has been so quiet in Syria the past 2.5 years.

      September 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • Max

      You are eigther in denial or dumb in both scenarios I bet you love Obama

      September 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Reply
      • Lionel

        I bet you love Rush, Hannity, Glen Beck and that other nut job Karl. Go back to Faux News.

        Oh yeah, Fox do not allow comments to be posted, how democratic.

        September 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
  37. Random

    Our 'allies' don't listen.

    This is where the gihadi's are winning. They can turn the war on and off. When it is inconvenient they just stop.

    The fighting from our 'allies' is inconvenient. Clearly for this to end well they have to stop and stay alive for the next period of time. The bottom line that they need to know is there is more support for boots on the ground than arming them and by proxy alqaeda . The reality is they are building an islamic army. As I have said all along which ever side wins , it will place terrorist in control. More important it gives them access to children.
    The confusing part is why russia tolerates it. Before this is done we and russia will end up allies again im near positive.
    Animate a map, of the world, showing if it is under islamic control or not. Do it from 1975 – present. They are raising an empirical army. Everything we have done so far has enabled them to do it more easily and more quickly. 2000 – present in the animation. Notice the focus of influence in countries with large birth rates? Africa, ME, Latin america etc.
    This is so frustrating. How can no one seem to see what is happening.

    September 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  38. miami

    This is none sense ..why they keep move it around if they new nspector coming..this guy assad and russia no what they doing ..and unite state play in the devil game...sample they will hide as much they can and live the emty place for the inspectors....remenber people putin as invest in syria ..next time they will said they never had those kind of weapon...all of you want diplomatcy now your been play by the devil....those guys we cant trust them not even close....

    September 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • doctorlb

      Saddam moved his WMD all over the country and then out of the country, letting the UN team cool their heels all the time. Then he let them "inspect" the emptied site.
      Assad is doing,and will continue to do, the same thing. We are fools to think otherwise.

      September 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  39. B. A.

    Gosh, that's the same pap passed on about Iraq. Sound deceitfully familiar? BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA Tunnels under the sand.....BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA Mysterious chemical weapons (think WMDs) with no trace or whiff....BWA HA HA HA HA HA. Give me a break!!!!

    September 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • OSgrad05

      you do realize that this situation is not even remotely comparable to Iraq correct? Assad even admitted to having WMD in the form of chemical weapons. You think that agreeing to give them up to the Russians is a honest move, or more of a move to buy time? You're comparing apples and Oranges, Syria is NOT Iraq on so mnay fundamental levels regardless of your opinion on the past, present or future actions of the world.

      September 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  40. us_1776

    It'd be funny if one of the chemical weapons sites blew up and killed Assad.

    .

    September 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  41. reldra

    "U.S. satellites have observed truck convoys moving in and out of storage sites, but the ongoing intelligence challenge involves knowing where the trucks are headed and exactly what they are carrying, that official added." Wow, This sounds familiar. I remember some drawings of 'mobile chemical weapons' trucks, supposedly in Iraq, captured by sattelite, that were....wait for it......completely and totally fabricated. I guess our government thinks our long term memory is gone.

    September 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • Mikhail Bakunin

      The Iraqi 'chemical weapons trucks' that you are referring to were mobile labs, not trucks simply transporting chemical weapons from one location to another.

      September 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • Shell game

      Saddam's biochem weapons went to Syria, and that was known contemporaneously. The mobile labs were for biological weapons.

      September 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  42. Common Sense

    What's with again, the first "report" from the Syrian "rebels" was proven to be false.

    September 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  43. inano

    WHAT IS THAT BULGE IN Mr AL ASSAD'S POCKET ? IS IT OBO'S BALLS ?

    September 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • bobo

      LOL!!!

      September 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  44. works4me

    They're getting them ready for the BOGO sale this Saturday.

    September 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • jim dandy

      why dont yopyy slip into something more comfortable, like a coma

      September 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
      • doctorlb

        No, you first.

        September 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  45. lewtwo

    no news -- the opposition has been saying that for weeks. They claim that they are being move into Lebanon. However if that were true then the IDF would probably be flying more sorties.

    September 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  46. Lawless4U

    Bomb them now!

    September 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • John Wise

      Then what? Do you have money to pay for it?

      September 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Reply
      • Lawless4U

        Pay for what? Lob some cruise missiles at their convoys and weapons sites. We have the missiles aboard the ships in the region now, use them.

        September 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
      • O'drama ya Mama

        those weapons are already bought and paid for. they have just been sitting around waiting for a target.

        September 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • staoy

      You do realize it costs money to replace those missiles, right? Or are you really that uneducated

      September 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
      • Osama

        dont nickel and dime the syrians here, it keeps states employed anyway. you need to make better iphone to pay for it! Dont loose to the Koreans, like you we lost to the Russians!

        September 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
  47. Anonymous

    Both asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the information

    And another anonymous and well informed official told that he saw Mc Cain in one of those trucks.

    September 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • works4me

      with his yellow teeth shimmering in the desert sun

      September 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • jim dandy

        i could say nice things about you but id rather trll the truth

        September 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
  48. Awesome

    This is just BS coming from Kerry to incite an excuse to start a war. Syria in no way would do anything stupid under Russias eyes. They are probably consolidating the stock or taking it out of reach from Rebels who are paid of by US for trying to attack the government.

    September 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • jake

      It's sad we are all responsible in some way. This issue is too conflicting for me, those poor kids but if we didnt provide weapons to the rebels the regime wouldnt have stepped up their game and killed 1400 people

      September 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      Or Kerry will try to go plant a couple of chemical weapons with his swift boat to give them an excuse to launch a few cruise missiles.

      September 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • doctorlb

      Right – Syria would never do anything stupid.............
      Where have you been the last few years?

      September 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  49. jake

    I don't like Putin, Something is fishy about that man

    September 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Reckless

      Shirtless horse riding?

      September 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • jake

        Huh?

        September 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • JOSH P.

      I don,t see him fabricating LIES to go murder half a million Iraqis for Oil,so I doubt he,s the one with credibility issues.

      September 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • bart1

        JOSH P – you are pathetic. if you aren't gay, then you must be from the Occupy Wall Street movement...

        September 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • Bill

      You got that right! Putin himself cannot be trusted and I would not believe any word that guy says!

      September 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  50. 1 billion

    According to Assad, he has not signed any deal. just yesterday he said he will give the CW to the USA if they came up with 1 billion dollars. In other words, he thinks he can sell 1 billion dollars of CW .
    anyone said we are at square 1? not even.

    September 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Buddy

      If that's the case, Assad is asking for a refund – oh, I bet you didn't know that we sold them the ingredients to make the chemical weapons in the first place.

      September 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  51. ben smith

    propaganda

    September 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  52. anti cnn

    shut up cnn and kiss my a** delete this mother f******

    September 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • John Wise

      Get use to it. Cnn only appreciates users who share the same ideas and opinions as them. everyone else is taboo it seems. Its a way they work use up for there own properganda

      September 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
      • jake

        @ John Wise

        What you said

        September 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • Lawless4U

        I disagree with them a lot and my posts go up. Saying racist things or using obscene language are the ways to have your posts sent to a mod.

        September 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • anti cnn

      @Lawless4U, at least this time they have a reason to delete something :)

      September 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  53. jorge washinsen

    I am beginning to think it is a plan to get a full fledged war going with us in the middle.Kerry has been hornswoggled by Putin.

    September 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • doctorlb

      This administration is hornswoggled by everything and everyone.

      September 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  54. Eagle0432

    Duh! They didn't think that was a possibility!

    September 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • LeRoy_Was_Here

      Eagle says "They didn't think that was a possibility."

      Of course they did. The intelligence community has been talking about that for months.

      September 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  55. World Chaos News

    Reblogged this on World Chaos News.

    September 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  56. Brian

    Soooooooooo. IF Russia knows that Chemical Weapons have been "secure" for the past several months? Then they also know that no "weapons" have fallen into the hands of the opposition?? I don't get it, Russia, just essentially verified, inadvertently that the government of Syria performed the chemical weapon attack??

    September 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • JOSH P.

      Id-i-0-t the ones the Rebels have,didn,t come from Syria,go read a book,even Turkey arrested a few of them with Sarin in Turkey a few months agobut I am sure you,ll ignore that fact.

      September 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
      • Dan

        You are the one who sounds like the idiot. There is only rumors that Turkey arrested people with Sarin Gas, it was not confirmed or generally believed to be accurate. There have been no confirmed evidence or proof that the opposition has any access to gas, NONE.

        September 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
  57. Chas

    “What is unclear is whether they are moving them to consolidate the stockpile and then declare it, or are they moving it around to conceal it” in advance of reporting it to international inspectors.

    Ripley: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

    September 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • Herbesco

      You sir are an idiot... Not only does Nuclear fallout travel with the winds affecting both our enemies/allies in the area, but such a blast would also release all of the chemical agents into the air as well. Your ignorance is alarming... thanksfully you have no say in the matter

      September 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply
      • webman6

        Actually, a thermonuclear device would be the ideal way to make sure absolutely no chemicals got into the environment. With proper placement of the correctly sized weapon, say one of the old 10 megaton city-killers we used to have, the chemical weapons would be totally vaporized. Of course, there would be some radioactive fallout to account for. I say nuke 'em.

        September 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
      • doctorlb

        Fallout, yes. Chemicals, no. Have you ever seen video of a nuclear explosion or see pictures of the aftermath?
        Alarming, indeed.

        September 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm |

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