FIRST ON CNN: US intelligence suggests Syria may hide some chemical weapons
A United Nations (UN) arms expert collects samples on August 29, 2013, as they inspect the site where rockets had fallen in Damascus' eastern Ghouta suburb during an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons strike near the capital.
November 5th, 2013
05:00 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: US intelligence suggests Syria may hide some chemical weapons

Updated 5:51 p.m. ET, 11/5/2013

By Barbara Starr

The United States is looking at new classified intelligence indicating the Syrian government may not fully declare its chemical weapons stockpile, CNN has learned. That would mean it will still have a secret cache of chemical weapons even after the current agreed-upon destruction effort is carried out.

The intelligence is not definitive but “there are various threads of information that would shake our confidence,” one U.S. official said. “They have done things recently that suggest Syria is not ready to get rid of all their chemical weapons.”

CNN has spoken to several U.S. officials with access to the latest intelligence on Syria, who confirmed the information. All declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the data. U.S. intelligence agencies, the Defense Department, the State Department and White House are all reviewing the information.

One official cautioned there is not yet a definitive U.S. conclusion about Syrian intentions based on this intelligence, but there is an effort to gather corroborating information and better understand what the regime may be up to.

There is agreement among U.S. officials that Syria’s official declarations to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have been made largely in good faith after the threat of military action by the United States for Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians. The United States believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad understands not to do that again.

National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan issued a statement Tuesday evening saying: "We continue to review and assess the completeness and accuracy of Syria's declaration to the OPCW. However, in accordance with OPCW regulations, Syria's declaration is confidential, and we will not publicly discuss its details or our assessment of it. For further details, we would refer you to the OPCW."

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Officials told CNN the new intelligence is related to stockpile inventories and delivery systems, such as warheads and artillery shells - items that could preserve Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons again if it chose to. Officials believe al-Assad will hold on to some of the chemical weapons largely as a long-term hedge against what he sees as a threat from Israel.

“It strains credulity,” one official said, to believe he will readily give up his entire chemical weapons program.

Officials would not say exactly how the latest intelligence was collected. But much of U.S. intelligence about Syria comes from satellite imagery. Also, there have been communications intercepts in the past that have given the United States clues about the intentions of the Syrian leadership. And U.S. officials have in the past confirmed channels of information from operatives on the ground who work on behalf of the Syrian opposition or other countries in the region.

Al-Assad may try to hold on to more than just weapons. Last week, Foreign Policy magazine reported that Syria's foreign minister had asked the OPCW to spare a dozen of Syria’s chemical weapons factories from destruction so they could be converted into civilian chemical facilities. Asked about that report Friday, State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said it did not appear Syria had submitted a formal request to OPCW. "The OPCW would then consider any request,” Psaki said. “However, as you know, the (U.N. Security Council) and the OPCW Executive Council decision made clear that Syria’s chemical weapons program must be eliminated."

Asked about the Foreign Policy report, a U.S. official said, "there's a real concern that the Syrians might be trying to preserve some of their CW capabilities."

Safety concerns keep inspectors from 2 Syrian weapons sites

The new intelligence is not related to Syria's reported desire to keep some of its chemical factories.

The OPCW has endorsed shipping chemical stockpiles out of the country for destruction because of the ongoing conflict there. Discussions on finalizing a plan are expected in the coming days, according to the organization.

The OPCW had previously announced the destruction of production equipment at all declared chemical weapons production, filling and mixing facilities. According to the OPCW on Tuesday, 21 of the 23 sites have been inspected. The items from the other two – inaccessible because of the conflict –were moved to accessible areas and verified against disclosure statements made by the regime.

The OPCW also said 154 warheads have been destroyed by the Syrians. Destruction work has begun at five other sites which the Syrians say hold 424 bombs and 63 warheads.

Norway had considered a U.S. request that the Scandinavian country take some of the chemical weapons inventory for destruction. But last month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it rejected the plan due to “time constraints and external factors” such as regulatory requirements.

So far the United States has provided $6 million in assistance to the OPCW efforts, including 10 armored civilian vehicles to transport inspectors inside Syria.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is looking at offering technology it has developed for any OPCW-sponsored chemical weapons destruction. The first detailed public hint of that came Tuesday from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said, “DoD has not only maintained military pressure on the Assad regime, it has also developed the technology that may very well be used to destroy these chemical weapons.”

Hagel was referring to the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System, a series of containers full of high-tech equipment that can be sent into the field. Rather than use the typical incineration technology to destroy chemical agents, this system neutralizes the chemical weapons by mixing them with water and other agents.

One concept is to send the system to a third country, where the Syrian chemical weapons would also be shipped, a Defense Department official said. The Pentagon is currently analyzing what would be needed to put the chemical weapons on a ship to transport them to a third country willing to accept the material for destruction. The concerns are both how to keep the material stable during shipment and providing maritime security for the transit.

soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. Alicia

    Here we go, It's the Syria / Obama comedy hour again. The shadow gov't completed it's false flag shootings and wants to keep the sheep entertained with variety so, here comes those darn Syrian weapons again. Now, ask yourself, why would Syrian official make a log of weapons kept Vs. weapons turned over?... c'mon, shadow gov't, people might be dumbed down but not quite that much.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  2. Mike

    It is good that Syria did not destroy all those weapons. They should to use it on the Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria who are growing in number everyday.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  3. Bobloblaw

    Duh. Only Obama and his idiot supporters believe Syria was going to give up their WMDs.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • SomeDude

      More "officials say" journalism from CNN... How about going out, working your sources, and verifying this as opposed to treating it as the gospel an official says it.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • smokeee

      and yet you're the ones who wanted us to jump in to Al Qaeda's rescue.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  4. DrDore

    OMG.. you mean they lied? I gotta go call Momma.. that's such a shock? Holy Cow.. the Syrians lied to us? really? No.. Say it aint so.. no way.. they would never lie to us.. Oh Man.. what to do.. Im so stunned by this.. what a shocking revelation.

    Now. if we could get someone who's not a complete laughable Moron to deal with these guys.. it would be nice. But.. our current President (name not stated) doesn't seem up to this.. Maybe they can register their weapons on his Obamacare web site.. it is up now right? Or did the Indian programmer our government allowed to build it instead of using unemployed American workers.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  5. mindstorms1

    Are these the same intelligence experts that told us Iraq had WMDs and were a threat to our security?

    November 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • MDL

      The IRAQ WMDs are in Syria, Obama will find them and claim victory over IRAQ.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  6. Richard

    Israeli tail wagging the U.S. dog again I see. Don't worry Obama; you'll soon ruin this state with a radical Muslim leadership, same as you did in Libya and (tried but later failed) in Egypt.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  7. DarrellSF

    Of course we doubt everything. We have always doubted everything. Except our own intentions. We hold high the banner of freedom and privacy, and then spy on every single person on the planet. It appears we can't help ourselves from stirring the pot of worldwide violence over and over again. So, here we go again.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  8. tony

    Who care's if they have some and keep them ? after all Obama who wanted to bomb them never said anything about them getting rid of their chemicals.. it was just bomb to send a message.... to many people in this country have an evil agenda and want to use any reason/ excuse to attack Syria...

    November 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  9. Russ

    America needs another September 11 to wake up from its slumber. You have forgotten dat u can not pursue the so called policy of isolation when violence and terrorism is happening around de world. America needs to take its rightful place and promote peace and stability in the world, dat is wen u can sleep safely in yo beds. U have forgotten wat Bin Laden did to u. Alssad used CW again his own country men. Wat prevents him from making those weapons available to proxies who attack Israel and may strike at American diplomatic missions abroad?

    November 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • Tom in Santa Fe

      Hopefully, people will wake up before another 9/11...

      November 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  10. sjdsh

    West has underestimated the SAA. Never underestimate a patriotic & loyal Syrian.
    In past w minimal weaponry & only patriotism & pride they came together & fought the Ottomans & the French achieving independence. Syrians prevailed & they will again.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  11. RussellKingston

    I was going to say that this sounded like Bush-era WMD lies again but most of you were already on top of it. Now, though, if the reports are true who is going to believe it? Bush really flushed our credibility down the toilet. Its really sad.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  12. guest

    The UN(US, UK, Israel) really want to topple Syria. What is the long term goal other than complete chaos?

    November 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Obama Rulz!

      If you knew anything at all about the UN, you'd know it's no fan of Israel

      November 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  13. Fred

    our intelligence that took us to war in Iraq right?

    November 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • ORChuck

      Yes, and we appear to be saving money by just re-using that same script.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Dapple

      More like multiple people bending the truth to get what they wanted.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  14. JWT

    The level of desperation to start another war is beyond pathetic. The world sees our behavior and is making its judgement.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • Obama Rulz!

      Ok Assad

      November 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  15. Dapple

    Not give up all their chemical weapons? Say it ain't so. They wouldn't do a thing like that. They're COMPLETELY trustworthy.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  16. Patrick

    This just in, US Common Sense department confirms that Syria may hide some chemical weapons.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  17. huskersrock1

    Of course they are going to cheat, only a fool would believe Syria is going to give up their chemical weapon, Mr. Obama I am looking at you.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • Obama Rulz!

      Sad thing is, Obama succeeded in distracting the American people long enough to ensure the whole Syria embarrassment would pass over him unscathed. He's a master at avoiding blame and accountability, he just isn't a master at actually getting anything done. Unfortunately, those two things are identical in the minds of many American voters

      November 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  18. harryo666

    no kidding ! Like a baby wld give up all his candy- right ! that guy will never give up his chems–he aint giving up power unless he gets a bullit sandwich. he'll always keep a secret stash somewhere ! UN made up of morons.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  19. Peter Beck

    I'm sure the Israelis put plenty of pressure on us to come up with this "discovery," along with our military-industrial complex. Can't run out of wars- it's all about the jobs, you know.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Obama Rulz!

      ^ This guy must ACTUALLY think Syria wants to get rid of their chemical weapons

      November 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
      • Peter Beck

        Nope. I'm just not a tool of AIPAC, and unlike folks who haven't learned from recent history, don't want to see American soldiers die fighting countries that do not threaten us.

        November 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  20. Obama Rulz!

    Wait, but I thought Obama solved the whole Syria thing and single handedly dismantled their chemical weapons program?!!

    November 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Not funny.....not witty....don't try so hard.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Reply
      • Obama Rulz!

        Don't be so b u t t h u r t that Obama failed... again

        November 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
  21. CJ

    You're kidding right? I said this very thing the day Syria announced that they would destroy their weapons.....geesh.....intelligence? I got my "inside information" from my "source" history and common sense....and my intel budget was....zero

    November 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Obama Rulz!

      You and every other American not blinded by their love of Obama

      November 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • Lisa

      May I be so bold as to say "me too!" lol. How anyone could believe they actually were going to rid themselves of these chemicals is beyond me. When they announced Putin was part of the deal, I had to slap myself in the back of the head to get my eyes back down from where I had rolled them so hard.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  22. toosliq

    THERE it is...

    November 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  23. Justin

    I like how CNN pulled the Obama fails to deliver healthcare promise article completely off their website and replaced it with some hypothetical Syria article. This is a war article designed to distract. Nothing relevant is happening in Syria regarding the chemical weapons vow and I dont care about opinions. Go back to reporting on healthcare and dont pull your aticles because some liberal viewers didnt like it

    November 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • CJ

      Been going on since Wm. Randolph Hearst and I am sure before.....everyone has an agenda. Believe what you see in our newly elected "Wonderful World of Transparency" not what you hear

      November 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
      • MickeyOregon

        No administration has been so ruthless with the press yet none has had such a fawning press. And no Government has has had such water-carriers as CNN or MSNBC that was a dictator's state press. CNN is hardly honest, balanced or fair. Note: I will be shocked if this comment isn't pulled by CNN's moderators which don't tolerate criticism of CNN or of the administration.

        November 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • Voice In the Desert

      That's what I was saying about the "Breaking News" headline regarding the Toronto mayor smoking crack. Nothing like trying to create stories and distractions to keep Obamacare's issues from staying in the forefront of the news.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  24. gstlab3

    I think the polio in syria is another bio chemical attack that is not being reported as such.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  25. jod

    Oh come ON CNN!! I love how they never attach a real discussion board like Disqus to articles that might be embarrassing to Obama

    November 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  26. NorCalMojo

    I doubt any story coming out of Syria.

    It's been propaganda from on side or the other from the start.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  27. JT

    Is this surprising to anyone? Is it 2016 yet?

    November 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • ORChuck

      2016? Oh no. It's all starting to sound and feel like 2003 again.

      I'll bet that the missing WMDs are hidden in the Presidential palace.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  28. Sean

    Maybe Saddam Hussein is hiding them in Iraq. Oh, wait...

    November 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  29. gstlab3

    I hope people remember what Einstein said about world war four.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • Tom in Santa Fe

      Sticks and stone may break my bones, but names...

      November 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  30. Mark

    Sounds like the Nobel Peace Prize winner in the Oval Office doesn't like Russia or the UN getting in the way of his march to war.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  31. Dav

    comrade Obama is a fool

    November 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  32. bdby

    Anybody with intelligence saw this situation coming. If Obama thinks for one second he is going to send troops in it is time for impeachment. If he thinks Americans are mad now over the ACA he really doesn't know us and he won't recognize us when the other "shoe" drops.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      Russia and China will not stand by, it is over for the USA. Time to impeach this idiot now! We do not need war, nobody wants war and we are in no danger. It is time for peace and most of the populations of the world will agree. Except for a handful of CIA controlled militants. It is obvious to everyone that Obama is a puppet and being controlled by corrupt intelligence network. When are the American people going to wake up and realize there has been a foreign take over in this country...starting around the time of JFK hit by Bush and LBJ.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  33. barf

    Anything but focus on our disastrous Domestic situation caused by Obama....

    November 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  34. Michael

    Go ahead Obama, beat the war drums again and see what happens this time. This is worse than Bush, this is Nero reincarnate.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • paldor

      bunch of idiots on this thread. they can't recognize Hitler when they look at Assad.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
      • Michael

        I think you meant Obama didn't you? Obama has killed more and with his new T4 Obama death care, he should be giving back his peace prize.

        November 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  35. robert M

    Whyare they sending all the chemical weapons to Albania and not USA?

    November 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  36. wow

    This just in, Syria was responsible for the TSA shooting.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  37. wow

    Government was about to go bankrupt a few weeks ago and here we are already blowing on the ambers of war.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  38. singleveggy

    There must be a secret cache of weapons,,that's the only way we can still go to war.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  39. John

    Pentagon spokeswoman Starr at her finest.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  40. glk20c

    Oh, look. The same crowd that brought you WMDs in Iraq is now saying we need to attack Syria for the same reason.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  41. Bob Edwards

    Loud noises!!!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  42. lou50

    Interesting, almost as low as Obama's credibility!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • lou50

      You mean the distance between a whale calling card and the bottom of the ocean?

      November 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • Jim Rome

      Fox News shill catty comment without merit or substance. Keep going. It's good for the Democrats.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
      • Blunt&Rude

        MSNBC shill catty comment without merit or substance. Keep going. It's good indicator of the general IQ of Democrats.

        November 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
      • Dav

        get off welfare Obama fraud

        November 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
  43. omeany

    I honestly don't care if they have pictures of Assad pointing at the chemical weapons with a big sign around his neck saying "I used these on civilians" we do not need another military action. We can't afford it, we need to start taking care of our own debt and infrastructure.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • Jim Rome

      Yes. The US spent $700 BILLION last year alone on war and defense. I mean how many gold plated navy frigates do we need? It's killing our budget, our economy, and it's killing our infrastructure. What have the last two generations done for the infrastructure of this country? No bullet train. No new bridges. Nothin'.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • rick

      I wish our government would think the same way as the American people do. Let's clean up our own back yard before we try cleaning up every one else's. Do you really think any other country will help fix OUR economy?

      November 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  44. jcvet33

    Duh. But who cares?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  45. jake

    WE ARE ALREADY BROKE AND WHO THE SYRIAN GOVT IS FIGHTING AL QUEDA SO NOW WE WANT TO PILE ON MORE DEBT TO HELP AL QUEDA

    November 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  46. Partisanhackshatefacts

    'intelligence committee"

    yeah, a couple of guys sitting around playing guessing games

    November 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  47. john vance

    You mean that Syria didn't come clean on chemical weapons? My, my, what a surprise.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • rick

      Really??? I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  48. Robert Gemerek

    I'm just glad that we avoided war for the mean time. I hope that peace will come to Syria soon, the people have suffered enough. That entire region has seen way too much violence.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  49. sickofitall

    I hope the boy wonder in the white house gets on the phone to Putin pronto – he'll need some help dealing with this "shocker"...

    November 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  50. Dan

    Wel, DUH!!! Are you so silly as to think that they would actually give up all of their weapons?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • Jamal

      Are you that silly you don't realize this makes no sense and is another excuse to go to war with a country that has nothing to do with us. We are supporting Al Queda how do you feel about that?

      November 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  51. Michael

    Now that Putin shutdown the war monger I knew this lie was coming...any excuse. Distract distract distract.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  52. Bribarian

    Let me guess, we gots to invade them now right?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • lou50

      I bet we be moving in that direction now.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Jim Rome

      Hey, the Halliburtons and CAE's are looking for defense contracts! Fire up the stories. Fire up the fake Benghazi's. We've got to start something to save these defense company profits!

      November 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  53. Shocking.....

    Really? Is anyone surprised by this development?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  54. lorynx

    Next you'll tell me that America wasn't the only nation spying on it's allies and enemies...

    November 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  55. Paul

    I said all along, that THIS was the greatest threat. Of course Syria is hiding a stockpile! Anyone who thought otherwise is blind to history!

    Why is this the greatest threat? Because one the inspectors go home, Syria can use those weapons again and then turn around and say, "It wasn't us! Your inspectors destroyed the weapons that we had! It was the "rebels", just like we were telling you along!".

    November 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • Partisanhackshatefacts

      yeah

      because Assad has soooo much to gain and nothing to lose by using those weapons

      :eyeroll:

      November 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
      • Alex R

        Vise versa. Assad had too much to loose and nothing to gain from using chemicals. Rebels had nothing to loose and a lot to gain. Guess, who was interested in keeping it and who to destroy it?

        November 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  56. Ricky

    When is the US going to finish destroying its chemical and nuclear weapons stock? This an obvious movement ordered by the USA's master, Israel, to turn a potential enemy into a state of chaos with nobody in control.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • Emigdio

      it has 10% the total amount it had in the 90's and they don't expect that to be gone for a few more years.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  57. Sand

    Well it didn't take long for them to bake some intelligence reports after the disarmament agreement. I wonder if the "Source" on this latest intelligence farce will have as an insulting name as last time. They already used "Curveball", maybe now they will move on to "Smoke" or "Mirrors".

    November 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • Partisanhackshatefacts

      Bravo at 'smoke mirrors"

      November 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  58. Erich

    Annnnnd this is news because??? You really think they are going to just hand over everything? If people truly believed they would, they are morons.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  59. Tom

    How would the US know what the truth is considering that the US does nothing but lie. I wouldn't trust the US if it said the sun came up in the east. In almost every war the US has been in it has been the bad guys going all the way back to this country's beginning.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • David

      But the sun does come up in the east...........

      November 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • Ted

      Newsflash Tom,

      The sun doesn't come up in the east...The Earth turns. The earth is also round if you hadn't heard.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  60. David

    Trust me, I will destroy all the chemical weapons I have disclosed.........

    November 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  61. jasmine

    BIG SURPRISE!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  62. joshua Santiago

    Why does the United states care if he has a secret stash of chemical weapons the US has a large stock pile of chemical an biological weapons,nerve agents,experimental nerve agents leave syria alone his country his weaponry his civil war

    November 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  63. SixDegrees

    "Syria may hide some chemical weapons"

    Let's see – how many ways and in how many languages is it possible to say "Duh!"?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • jasmine

      Touche.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  64. bilbfit

    Oh gee, they finally just figured this out? Did Obingo just assume that Assad and his pals were Boy Scouts or what? What a joke.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  65. Jay

    Oh here we go again... Quick create a diversion so we don't have to hear how bad obummercare totally stinks to hi heaven!!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  66. Shlomo Rosenblatt

    Good goyim, go defend your greatest ally from those evil anti-Semitic Syrians, or it'll be a second shoah soon!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  67. julnor

    From Assad's perspective this makes sense. The last thing the US and other western nations want is for al-Qaeda to get their hands on chemical weapons. Al-Qaeda is in control of many of the rebel groups. Therefore as long as Assad has chemical weapons then the US has some interest in making sure Assad stays in power.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  68. Sharkmann

    Do not forget that we in the US also still have banned chemical weapons. We keep them as it takes a while to safely destroy them. For us that has been like 30 years but we ask Syria to do the same job in 30 days. Do we not look silly?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  69. Bribarian

    They sure arent giving up on their lies.

    Isn't this how the Iraq War began?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  70. Tammy

    Is anyone actually surprised by this revelation?

    Ass-ad isn't going to get rid of all his weapons. Ever.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  71. CommunistCapitalist

    The Unites States just about lost all its credibility.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  72. John

    Still looking for the WMDs in IRAQ! As long as we do not use this as an excuse to invade Syria! Deja Vu!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  73. HeyHey

    They just caught trucks running across the Turkey boarder full of chemicals to make WMD. Iraqi WMD is all over the place and they've been finding it in Syria.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  74. Helkinsburg

    Your mom declared that she likes black caulk

    November 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  75. The Truth

    Michelle Obama just queefed out another pie. Meanwhile, millions of American's are losing their health insurance.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  76. Bus

    What he said was if you like your chemical weapons, you can keep them but only if the chemical weapons are in compliance with the new law....

    November 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Eric

      Best read all day.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  77. suesark

    Well, that's quite a shock now isn't it?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Eric

      Yeah considering we had satellite imagery of convoys of tractor trailers hauling "stuff" from Iraq to Syria in the late 90's. lol.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  78. John Brown

    Uh-oh....more red lines on the way!!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  79. The Truth

    As first reported on CNN:

    Michelle Obama is actually a drag queen. And if you want to keep your insurance you can keep it (*).

    (*) By "you", Obama meant his drag queen wife's fat a$$. That is all. See , he wasn't lying.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  80. champ Maxwell

    i love the idiotic posts here. I wonder if these are the same intelligence reports that had us looking for weapons of mass destruction.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Sean Kurnow

      Indeed! The same nonsense as a couple of months ago....in fact, probably the same agency that told us there were WMD's in Iraq 10 years ago....

      November 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  81. rationality

    Here we go again.....unnamed US officials

    November 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  82. kaneda

    Here we go again!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  83. John

    Let me guess......... this 'classified information' just happens to come from the most warmongering, Apartheid nation on the planet..... Israel?.......
    surprise, surprise, surprise.....

    -The trials will begin soon.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  84. Mike

    I knew this was going to happen. No surprises here.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • What Now

      I think it would be more surprising had they not discovered a stash.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  85. INFOWARS

    Plus you know he is really good at killing people with Drones but don't take my word for it read his quote in this book.

    “Double Down: Game Change 2012,”

    Obama brags, in new book:

    "I’m ‘really good at killing people’ with drones"
    Barrack Obama

    November 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • David

      He sure is! So much more efficient, those less deadly in terms of sheer numbers, than Bush occupying a sovereign nation for ten years.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • OldSchool

      Go back to infowars with the rest of the easily confused cretins...

      November 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  86. Bob

    Gee, I can't imagine that somehow a voluntary inspection from some outside group could have missed something. How utterly shocking. We all knew they didn't destroy all the weapons....the UN "all clear" was nonsense.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Alex R

      We all know, that
      - Syria government don't have any reasons to keep chemical weapons or to use them.
      - Rebels DO HAVE a lot of reasons to use Chemicals as then they can ask for the intervention.

      So, guess, do we have a reasons to believe that government destroyed all chemicals? I think we DO HAVE!

      November 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  87. Rin

    Let me seeee... Where have I heard this before?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  88. Daniel

    Breaking news : U.S. makes up another lie to wage yet another war.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  89. JMan

    Who in their right mind actually believed they would hand over all their WMD's (yes, chemical weapons are WMD's) voluntarily? It'd be like cutting off your right hand and giving it to your enemy.

    It's why nuclear disarmament will never happen in our world. Each country would seemingly comply, publicly destroying vast stockpiles to appear innocent, but would keep more than 25% hidden for the sole fact that every other country would do the same.

    No-one in this world would comply with giving up their weapons. It's asinine and naive

    November 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  90. Non Believer of DC

    "The intelligence is not definitive" which may mean that someone had a dream about it.....or that Israel said they don't believe them... or perhaps Saudi Arabia ( who hates Assad) said they think he probably has more.... or maybe some field agent's dog was barking at a picture of Assad... or just maybe the White House wants to appease Saudi Arabia and is looking for an excuse to fire some missiles....

    I hope the US learned its lessons from the phantom Iraqi WMD witch hunt that cots thousands of American lives, and hundreds of billions of taxpayer money

    November 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      Actually, the evidence is strong that Iraq moved WMD to Syria.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      • kondordisqus

        So, if Iraq moved their WMD's to Syria, then technically, Syria doesn't have to turn them over because they are not part of the Syrian stockpile of WMD's. Gotcha.

        November 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • timmy

      I'm getting a little tired of people crying about Iraq. The logic is if bush and cheney lied, then they all do. I for one, after hearing what saddam hussein did to his people on a daily basis, would have supported going into Iraq to put a stop to that. The fact that they lied to go in there was a sideline. If they had presented it to me with the tales of what horrible things were going on over there, I would have voted to go. I guess it's a bigger indictment on Americans that they felt they had to lie because we wouldn't be interested in helping people who are being slaughtered and tortured on a daily basis.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  91. Donnie

    Haven't I heard this one before????

    November 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  92. Scott

    Oh here we go again, we really want to control the flow of gas and oil into Europe so need to control Syria. I knew they would try to find another pack of lies to try to feed us after Russia called their bluff. Maybe we'll discover they used gas on puppies and kittens now.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • Rin

      No, no, no! It's cute little kittens and sweet little puppies. Don't forget.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  93. INFOWARS

    Yes it does Michael, they really want Syria to achieve their New World Order...

    Not only that but a great distraction from OSCAMACARE

    November 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  94. ratherbboating

    In my best Gomer Pyle voice: Surprise, Surprise Surprise. But then again who is really surprised, Obama. He is the only person in the world who though that would honer and keep their work about chem weapons.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  95. Bob

    Oh just stop it already!! We aren't going to war over there. Blow yourself CNN.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  96. TomGI

    "he United States is looking at new classified intelligence indicating the Syrian government may not fully declare its chemical weapons stockpile"

    According to Israel?

    November 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • DrDore

      Why no half wit.. according to our own "sources" I can assure you not Isreal.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  97. wheels

    YOU DONT SAY!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  98. The Truth

    Uh oh, time to wag the dog for Obama....look, over here! Ignore all those people dying from having their insurance canceled...look at me bomb this country!! Woo hoo!!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • DarrellSF

      Seriously, if you're going to be angry about something, can you please be angry about something that is REAL? YES, their policies are being canceled because their policies will be less advantageous over time. If they keep the policy they have, over time they will get less care and spend and ever increasing amount of money. They're cancelling it because it's a "bunk" insurance policy, and they need to get enrolled into a new one.

      Thank you! Sheesh! Read instead of regurgitate. It's so much more believable and attractive.

      November 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  99. Lurker

    here we go with the WMD again

    November 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  100. Michael

    Let the lies begin...this reminds me of the Bush era WMD lie.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Reply
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