Russia fights claim that Syria is using Russian-made cluster bombs
A Syrian rebel walks inside a burnt section of the Umayyad Mosque. Opposition activists reported that the 12th-century mosque was set afire during heavy fighting on Saturday, October 13.
October 15th, 2012
06:30 AM ET

Russia fights claim that Syria is using Russian-made cluster bombs

The war in Syria has prompted another war of words internationally, with Russia slamming a report that accuses the Syrian air force used Russian-made cluster bombs on rebels.

"There is no confirmation to this. ... There are loads of weapons in this region, including in Syria and other countries of the region, and arms are supplied there in large quantities and illegally," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, according to Russia's RIA Novosti news agency.

Citing witnesses and videos, Human Rights Watch released a report Sunday saying Syrian government forces were using cluster bombs - explosives that can kill or disfigure anyone hit by its fragments.

The report says the cluster bombs are Soviet-made, though it does not state how or when Syria allegedly acquired them.

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  1. George Patton

    I tend to believe the Russians rather than the Western, right-wing news media since it lied to us more times than it told the truth! In fact, we are the only country up till now to ever use cluster bombs in war such as in Laos and Vietnam. I notices that nobody in the media cried out then over their atrocious usage. Besides, how do we know whether the Russians even possess cluster bombs?

    October 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Mel

      Yes we are the only country that has used these type of bombs in combat...very sad that these are still being used..made in the USA

      November 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  2. Tony

    Where are those who fight for animal rights or for green peace and history treasures. Where are the children of the holocast from speaking up and loud... As a syrian I hold the whole world responsible for what happening. Shame on president Obama (Uncle TOM)...shame on civilized western world as president W. BUSH claim...shame on America from not allowing Turkey, Saudi..ect intervene...The history will teach you..that no power on earth will prevent the will of the people of syria. Assad and his group will enter the the dark history just like Hitler, Stalin ect...

    October 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Maybe Tony, if the NATO countries along with the Arab League would only quit aiding and abetting these so-called "rebels" this civil war might even stop with both sides somehow getting together and working out a cease-fire. This outside interference must somehow stop or far more people will needlessly die! Unfortunately, the right-wing thugs in Washington couldn't care less!

      October 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
      • Ekram

        I agree with you JP.....too much outside interference in the Syrian conflict. Just stop aiding both sides with bombs and guns!

        October 16, 2012 at 3:46 am |
    • Sid

      Tony, why are you against the present Syrian Govt, what is the alternative???, since islamic countries have never been known for promoting democracy or basic human rights. So, you want the Saudis to support your cause, do you know the Syrians enjoy a degree of freedom that is just a dream in Saudi Arabia, which is an even more repressive soiety. Maybe you're a Sunni and hate the Alawite Shia Govt of Assad...

      October 16, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
  3. Tony

    I hope Obama fails the election the same way he failed the Syrian people. What happening in Syria is a global conspiracy against the syrian people. The only benificial from this is Israel... Syria left as a destroyed country will never be able to fight them. The same people who were crying for more than 60 years of the holocast are behind keeping their Proxy Assad and his thugs free to destroy the innocent syrian people and their valuable heritage and culture. I hope the emenient demise of ASSAD, OBAMA AND ISRAEL......

    October 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Ekram

      Tony, don't blame Israelis for what is happening in Syria? If you have to blame then blame KSA, Qatar and Turkey who started this trouble! Plus, stop whining and blaming....Syrian people should fix their your own problem. If they can't manage or fix then they don't deserve to have their own is simple as that!

      October 16, 2012 at 3:53 am | Reply
  4. Gripe

    Well, what's new? The Syrians have been supplied by the Russian for decades. Most of the weapons they're currently using are Russian.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • joe

      So are the rebel terrorists, as much of what they have is captured munitions.

      October 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply

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