Official: 'Worrying signs' regarding Syria's chemical weapons
A Syrian demonstrator shouts during an anti-regime protest in Aleppo.
December 2nd, 2012
09:07 PM ET

Official: 'Worrying signs' regarding Syria's chemical weapons

By Barbara Starr

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Monday the United States was prepared to act if Syria used chemical arms as new concerns surfaced about those weapons, although Syria said it had no intention of using them on its own people.

Speaking after meetings in Prague, Clinton reiterated that such a move by the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad 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.

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"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.

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

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

But the official stressed that the Obama administration has not come to a final conclusion about Syria's intent.

"This isn't just about movement, but about potential intent to make certain chemical weapons ready for use."

The official admitted it is not entirely clear to the United States what the Syrian government is up to, or if this latest development was ordered specifically by the Assad regime.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information discussed, declined to specify the exact intelligence that the United States has gathered in the past few days.

The New York Times first reported the concern on Sunday.

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


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    December 7, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
  2. CharlieSeattle

    What Israel may well suspect is that North Korean and/or Pakistani nukes have been already smuggled into Iran, Syria and Gaza. US and Israel Intel saying that Iran's own Nuke effort is 6 months away, 1 year away or more is just a smoke screen masking the real proxy nuclear attack that may be ready now!

    The most recent 1000 Iranian rocket barrage from Gaza may only have been a test of Israel's Iron Dome ABM system. It is impressive, but will not stop a mass launch of hundreds of missiles from Iran, Syria and Gaza at the same time.Better take all three out first! Then Bulldoze Gaza into the sea.Screw the North Korean, Pakistani, Russian techs and scientists. They deserve to burn. Nuke the Russian base in Tartus, Syria too. That was the port of entry for Russian, Iranian and North Korean ships that smuggled in the nukes.

    Tartus hosts a Soviet-era naval supply and maintenance base, under a 1971 agreement with Syria, which is still staffed by Russian naval personnel. Tartus is the last Russian military base outside the former Soviet Union, and its only Mediterranean fueling spot, sparing Russia’s warships the trip back to their Black Sea bases through straits in Turkey, a NATO member. I am sure Russia has nukes stored there.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  3. Ivan

    yeah, i remember when they said that Iraq will also use theirs WMD and then send that country to the middle ages.. after the war, they said that there actually was no WMD, but what the heck, never mind, our stupid public won't mind that we lied to them... CAN'T YOU SEE THE SAME PATTERN HERE? don't have prejudices towards someone, believe your own mind, not tv... mr. nobel prize, give us some evidence for this statements, otherwise shut up... we are tired of lying and manipulating... usa in the last one hundred years declared at least 20 wars to other nations, syria maybe one, so who is unstable then?? i know it is hard to believe, but it is a fact

    December 4, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
  4. Marco Hsiao

    [Unnecessary Wars]

    The US government is so busy for the profit of the US military complex. The US uses lies and violence to kill 100,000 innocent Iraqis, including lots of children and women. In reality, it is an unnecessary war. 2000 innocent Libyan are also killed, the victims include Gaddafi's grandchildren, age below 12.

    Now the US provides weapons, money, lies and organization for murdering other 100,000 Muslims (include many children) in Syria for prompting the US military budget; 100,000 innocent Syrian people will die, it is a destiny.

    The terrible big military budget of the US will bankrupt the US. The US Federal debt is bigger and bigger; the US would begin to have a big economic crisis in 2020, then after 2025 the US will lose the positions of largest economy and military forever. It is a destiny. The world should have a preparation.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • The MAD Jewess

      AmeriKa does not listen, Marco. You should pray we are invaded by Russia and China to stop the madness

      December 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      None of you can state what is exactly going on in Syria unless you have experienced it or have relatives that reside there who have seen what is actually going on. Stupid people like you can make a comment ASSUMING USA is the culprit who support the killers of children and women in Syria. Marco, you are dead wrong! My father just returned from Syria. 99.9% of the atrocities are being committed by the Shahiba. The regime endorses these thugs to kill without remorse. Dont try to become an expert on a subject you dont anything about. Yes, I understand we Americans are wary of War. But instead of thinking of the 4000 thousand soldiers that have died in Iraq or the 3000 in Afghanistan. Think about the thousands as in over 50 thousand that die from overdose, drunk driving accidents, homicides, etc. Think straight, America.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:40 am | Reply
  5. gman tello

    great articles please support our troops

    December 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  6. Mike

    And Russia continues to support Syria no matter what they do. Please remember, Russia is no friend of the US or free world, they never was or will ever be.

    December 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • Ciscokid

      Obama is friends with them...

      December 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  7. Blue

    The Syria goverment though doesn’t consider those rebels to be syrians but Al-qaeda and islamist extremist. So in the their heads it wouldn’t be wrong to use chemical weapons on rebels

    December 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  8. HanValen5150

    Syria will use their chemical weapons and they know there ain't a damn thing the obumbler administration is going to do about it. The only thing that's going to happen is Syrians will suffer massive deaths and Obumbler will fart and stain his pants because he's too scared, too inept, and too dumb to know where to even begin on this issue.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • Stephen

      I guess he was too dumb and inept to send the team in that took out Bin Ladin? Chemical weapons are a serious, almost uncontrollable threat and i have a feeling their use would even change Russia's stance on Syria

      December 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
      • rabbani

        they are serious and so is ying about them like this report

        December 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • rabbani

      reality check nice little propaganda news that report Gerbails would be proud of, This is misinformation, Syria is not moving any chemical weapons, there are no FACTS what so ever where are facts please report them no here say r this person in this position says this................., Hitler said Poland was about to lunch a TERROIST attack on Germany(look it up) during WW2 ---with this propaganda they brain wash and scared the German public into shouting like rabid animals for Germany to attack Poland in WW2 nice....................... one Bababra

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

      need a little soap to get that red off your neck?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • MAC

      Be concerned about our children in the armed services that will be possibly deploy because of syria's aggression against their own people. Instead of putting the president down. Bone head!!!

      December 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  9. American

    muslims are involved in every bloody conflict in the world......

    December 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • school boy

      most of them are not educated...MUSLIMS ARE PEACE and LOVING PEOPLE...hmmm........but they dont understand the real meaning...

      December 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  10. George W Bush

    Chemical weapons?

    Impossible! All you Democrats just spent the last 9 years saying there weren't any WMDs in Iraq and that there was no way that Iraq could have passed them over the border from Saddam Hussein's Baath Party-controlled Iraq to Bashir Assad's Baath Party-controlled Syria.

    Just like you Democrats pretended that Syria wasn't the gateway for the tens of thousands of non-Iraqi terrorists - excuse me, "insurgents" - who were responsible for the overwhelming majority of deaths in Iraq.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      There's a war crimes tribunal awaiting you in the Haige, you worthless coward war criminal!

      December 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  11. US

    Wow kill 1 pestinian terrorist and the whole world gathers .....bashar and his dad have killed over 100,000 thousand of their own civilians and the UN is like a dear in the headlights........where is the UN? Where are the flotillas? Where is the arab league?

    December 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  12. CuriosityKilledTheCat

    Sorry Hillery, let me get this stright, To secure chemical weapons, your plan is to either overthrow or kill the guy's guarding the things????

    December 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  13. Lola

    Obama will stir up some war to try and win the hearts and minds of people. Nice.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • kilowatt23

      Pretty ignorant remark.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Moss

      People usually fall for it.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • What?

      Ends two wars to "stir up a war". Seems legit. lmao.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • MAC

      Lola your crazy!!!!

      December 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  14. Moss

    OH no. Must stop a Middle Eastern government from using WMD. Fear. Fear. Fear.

    Haven't we seen this one play out recently, say like 2002/2003. Are we really going down that road again?

    December 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  15. Aaron Chaney

    Armed Forces Kill Scores of al-Qaeda Terrorists in Damascus Countryside

    Units of the Armed Forces on Sunday killed scores of al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Zamalka, Daraya and al-Shifoniyeh in Damascus Countryside.

    An official source told SANA reporter that a unit of the Armed Forces killed tens of terrorists in al-Shifoniyeh , including one of the most dangerous terrorists, Abu Ali Kheibeh.

    The source added that army units clashed with terrorist groups near the fire department and al-Zaiytoun roundabout in Daraya, killing and injuring many of their members.

    It said a number of terrorists were killed in Zamalka in the eastern Ghouta, including Abdel-Hamid Shalhoub, Mohammad Srour and Abdo al-Tunisi.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  16. Aaron Chaney

    Dozens of Terrorists, Snipers Eliminated, DShK-Equipped Cars, Motorcycles Destroyed, Bases for Launching Missiles Dismantled

    An army unit on Monday morning destroyed 6 pickups fitted with medium and heavy machineguns and a number of motorcycles were used by al-Qaeda linked- Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Muhmpel town in Idleb countryside.

    SANA correspondent quoted a source in the province as saying that the operation resulted in the killing of a number of terrorists and the injury of several others while the rest fled to the surrounding forests and mountains. The army units are still pursuing them.

    The reporter pointed out that another army unit destroyed several gatherings for al-Qaeda terrorists who were blocking roads, looting and sabotaging private and public properties in Binish, Taftanaz, T'uom, Deir Sunbul, Sarge in Idleb countryside.

    Heavy losses were inflicted upon the terrorists where a number of them were killed and injured.

    A unit of the Armed Forces, in cooperation with the security and law-enforcement forces at the Interior Ministry, inflicted heavy losses upon terrorist groups on Idleb-Harem road.

    A source at the Interior Ministry stressed that pursuit operations resulted in the killing of scores of terrorists and the injury of many others.

    Snipers Killed in Daraya, Damascus Countryside

    A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with an armed terrorist group from al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra near the Cultural Center in Daraya city in Damascus Countryside.

    An official source told SANA reporter said that the clashes resulted in killing a number of terrorist snipers and injuring others, in addition to seizing their machineguns and sniper rifles.

    Terrorist Attack on al-Zabadani Police Command Building Repelled

    Members of the police command in al-Zabadani area in Damascus Countryside confronted terrorist groups which attempted to attack the directorate.

    A source at the Interior Ministry said that the policemen repelled the terrorist attack, no casualties among their ranks were reported.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  17. Aaron Chaney

    Terrorists Killed in Homs, Clashes between Two Terrorist Groups over Dividing Loots

    Units of the Armed Forces clashed with terrorist groups which attempted to attack two checkpoints for law-enforcement forces in al-Mukhtariyeh and Souq al-Ghanam neighborhoods in Homs City, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

    A source in the province told SANA reporter that the Armed Forces repelled attack attempt carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists against the law-enforcement forces in the aforementioned areas, killing and injuring many of them while the rest fled away.

    The source added that another army unit destroyed a terrorists' hideout in Housh Kfar Nan in the countryside of al-Rastan, killing a number of terrorists and injuring others.

    The wanted terrorist Mohammad Suleiman Mansour was identified among the dead.

    In al-Rastan, the source said that the clashes between two terrorist groups as they disputed over dividing loots caused the killing and the injury of many of their members.

    Terrorist Fadl Saad Tlas, Mohammad Qasem Tlas, Alaa Mohammad Tlas, Badr Tlas and Khaled Mohammaf Bahbouh were identified among the dead.

    The source said that two passengers were injured as terrorist snipers opened fire on a bus carrying passengers on Damascus – Aleppo highway near Talbeiseh area early in the morning.

    Three Leaders of Terrorist Groups Killed, Four Bases for Launching Missiles Dismantled on Homs-Hama Road

    An army unit killed all members of an armed terrorist group which attempted to attack citizens and the checkpoints for law-enforcement forces in Aqraba town in the countryside of Hama.

    An official source told SANA reporter that three leaders of the so called "al-Farouq Battalions" affiliated to al-Qaeda were killed.

    The source added that the army dismantled four bases for launching missiles set up by terrorists on Homs-Hama road to target residential areas...

    December 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • US

      aaron thanks for copying and pasting if anyone is going to read your long comments.....and we know that is not your name Bashar...

      December 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  18. Aaron Chaney

    Russia Voices Concern over Deployment of Patriot Missiles on Turkish-Syrian Borders

    Press Attaché of the Russian Presidency, Dmitry Peskov, said that weapons and combatants are being transported to Syria through Turkey, voicing Russia's concern for various reasons over the deployment of Patriot missiles on the Turkish-Syrian borders, saying that this doesn't help stabilize the deteriorating situation in the region.

    In a statement on the sideline of the Istanbul meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, Peskov said that Russia's position on the crisis in Syria is consistent and transparent, stating that it's not right to support one side since this won't help resolve the situation; rather active help to one side will escalate conflict.

    He noted that talks between Russia and Turkey will deal with many issues, noting that there are many serious contradictions in viewpoints between the two countries on international levels.

    Peskov said that talks will deal with the Syrian situation and it's not unlikely that President Putin will discuss the issue of the detainment of the Syrian civilian airplane by Turkish authorities.

    Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow Intends to Receive Number of Syrian Opposition Delegation Before End of 2012

    Special Envoy of the Russian President to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov announced on Monday that Moscow intends to receive a number of delegations from the Syrian opposition before the end of 2012.

    Russia Today website quoted Bogdanov as saying that a number of Syrian opposition delegations are expected to visit Moscow soon, and that Russian officials will hold talks with them and urge them to unite on constructive basis and the Geneva declaration, expecting that this would happen before New Year's Eve.

    He pointed out that Russia always called for uniting the Syrian opposition on constructive basis, noting that there are forces within this opposition that support a political resolution, yet many reject dialogue and call for military methods.

    Bogdanov said that Russia disagrees with rejecting dialogue and calling for military methods, and that it doesn't support unifying the opposition on such basis as this would continue bloodshed and escalate the situation in Syria.

    He also stated that Syria is witnessing more militarization of the conflict, as extremist opposition groups still receive large amounts of weapons, including very dangerous weapons such as portable anti-aircraft Stinger missiles.

    Bogdanov said that the militarization of the conflict in Syria is moving at full force which is a cause of concern for Russia as this doesn't help efforts to calm the situation and deal with all opposition groups to reach an immediate and full ceasefire.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  19. netwallwarrior

    You're all insane. The world and humanity is insane... Group dynamics in action....mass hysteria. It's a shame that some many people are willing to commit murder for a diseased minded rationale, and so many innocent people are caught up.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  20. Hahahahahahahaha

    Towel Heads vs. Towel Heads in a WMD Smack Down!!!!!!!! On Pay Per View!!!! Hahahahahahaha

    December 3, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
  21. Gregpeck

    This is absurd – word is that Lance Armstrong is helping hide the chemicals – his new sponsor is Assad.

    December 3, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
  22. larry5

    If Assad uses chemical weapons what will be the response from other Muslim countries?

    December 3, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply
    • David

      Blame Israel and p the Jews.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  23. George Patton

    What worries me is the idea of the U.S. looking for some phoney pretext to jump into Syria's civil war if this current proxy effort fails as it appears that it might. The only true crime that Bashar al-Assad committed was not to be another pro-Western stooge like Mubarak, Saleh, the king of Bahrain, King Abdullah II of Jordan, etc. For that, I say kudos to Assad!!

    December 3, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • Chris

      Only a complete idiot would give Kudos to a man who is responsible for the death of tens of thousands of his own people.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
      • NotFallingForNews

        Only another idiot would believe the propaganda of the external UK Organization "The Syrian Observatory". Early in the war there were faked reports of massacres, as noted on YouTube and fake CNN reports from "Danny Boy" also noted on YouTube & CNN.

        I'm not falling for the WMD koolaid either. When the war is over the world courts will sort out who the war criminals are.

        This is a civil war, or, economic hitman created war, I feel it is nobodies business besides the actual citizens of Syria to sort out their business.

        December 3, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  24. Andrew

    I doubt Assad would use them against Israel. Any response that Israel would mount would probably start with using Assad's air force for target practice, the last time that happened in 1982 his father lost 1/3 of his air force in a little over a day. The Syrian air force is one of his most effective assets against the rebels, he loses that, it could be game over. I don't think he'll risk it.

    HE might gamble that if he uses those weapons internally, on his own people and can keep the effects from drifting into Turkey, Israel or Iraq that the world will respond with 'sound and fury' but no more concrete action than we've seen already(i.e. nothing). Perhaps some more sanctions but as long as he still got Iran writing him checks and Russia and China's backing in the UN he can probably ride them out. He has examples to draw on. Iraq used them in 1988 against the Kurds and against Iran; there was much condemnation but no action.

    Chemical weapons are incredibly destructive but very tricky. Unless they're applied carefully and your own troops are ready and equipped to deal with them you could do as much damage to your own forces as you do to your enemy.

    December 3, 2012 at 7:04 am | Reply
  25. jason

    Assad is mostly responsible for the deaths of 42,000 people, why would anybody ever doubt he would use the chemical weapons? If this screwball tries to fire them over at Israel, expect Damascus to be gone.

    December 3, 2012 at 6:45 am | Reply
  26. East Coast

    Doesn't matter what the media says. They have them, they'll move them and then claim we made it up. History repeats itself.

    December 3, 2012 at 5:42 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Can you prove any of that mumbo-jumbo you posted above, East Coast? I think not!

      December 3, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
      • US

        George you are real smart.....saddam used wmd's several of course he had them...they just moved them to syria......and congress approved of going into iraq...that includes the left wing limp wristed liberals like you.....

        December 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Moss

      Yep, you pretty much summed it up. Iraq version 2.0

      December 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  27. ma & pa

    Weapons described here are bad, yes. Worse are electeonic ones, microwave-plus and more, that disable persons resolve, mind and body, temporarily or worse. Not expensive, silent and not comprehended by most nicely behaved people. Most mid-east look to be fighting but will unite against whatever appears as a common threat. Under cover of their neighbor's fighting, Iran is quietly preparing worse weapons. Let's neither be faked-out nor fall asleep.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:03 am | Reply
  28. From Damascus

    LIES , this answer we hear in 2001 first when regime started killing people in Street and arresting, that time regime started killing kidnapping all activities and say on media ( armed gangs ) do it , what I am sure of it that those killer were armed and some of them working with intelligent some of them were Alawiate civilians or was serving in the army before and regime's thugs trust them.
    in 2011 no one wanted to believe that regime killing peoples and kept say same you said now LIES also we said they are using Tanks, cluster bomb and all kind of bombs and terrorist. today in Damascus regime's thugs surrounding 4 streets filled them with thier thugs.
    I am living in Damascus till now and I know who did destroyed my own home. let me tell you some thing
    do you want to say lies
    one more think i want to draw you attention to, USA not worry about Syrian people and this we are sure from it , USA worry about Israel and how the effect going to be if these weapons go to Hezbullah OR used in Syria in wrong way
    We know the fact that world some how worry for Israel and no matter if tyrants killed people or not BUT we are sure of one thing going to be : OUR REVOLUTION GOING TO WIN AND WE WILL BRING OUR FREEDOM BY OUR HANDS THANKS

    December 3, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
    • sasss31

      As an Iranian-American, I am proud of the Syrian people in their plight against Bashar. And I know that the fascist terrorist regime is helping Bashar. They do the same to Iranians in keeping power through terror. I hope that Syria is soon liberated my friend..

      December 3, 2012 at 4:37 am | Reply
    • Rudy1947

      People in Arab countries are sick of the "dictator" ruling their countries. Too many dictators have bled their countries dry of revenue and have padded their one bank accounts. Even Kuwait is protesting now of because some changes to their political process.

      December 3, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
      • Gregpeck

        Time for a new dictator......

        December 3, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Ben

      Israel offered the rebels aid they refused . Doctors from Israel and food medical supplies but you guys said no thank you some people who where wounded in the fighting are being treated in Israeli hospitals .

      December 3, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
  29. innocenttruth

    Syria moving something, Iran moving something, North Korea moving something, Russia moving something, China moving something, Pakistan just moved something, wait do these US officials keep their eyes on other countries moving something? Ever since, non of these officials have names...

    There are 2 countries that have used these dirty bombs in the past, they are US and Iraq. Iraq used chemical weapons that were provided by US on Iran.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:36 am | Reply
  30. James

    Moving chemical weapons = P R O P A G A N D A

    They're just trying to justify (to the American people) that those Syrians are getting dangerous and we just HAVE to do something about it.

    Syria = Sovereign nation... NO justification for us being there under ANY form...yet, here we are...paying and providing intelligence for foreign mercenaries to go in there and KILL INNOCENT people under the GUISE of democracy.

    Syria's chemical weapons are the "new WMD's". Yes, Syria's chemical threat doesn't exist now, just as the weapons of mass destruction didn't exist THEN.

    Lies to go to war. Do the people American people sleep through another aggressive act on the part of their military?

    P r o b a b l y . . .

    December 3, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
    • From Damascus

      James; LIES , this answer we hear in 2001 first when regime started killing people in Street and arresting, that time regime started killing kidnapping all activities and say on media ( armed gangs ) do it , what I am sure of it that those killer were armed and some of them working with intelligent some of them were Alawiate civilians or was serving in the army before and regime's thugs trust them.
      in 2011 no one wanted to believe that regime killing peoples and kept say same you said now LIES also we said they are using Tanks, cluster bomb and all kind of bombs and terrorist. today in Damascus regime's thugs surrounding 4 streets filled them with thier thugs.
      I am living in Damascus till now and I know who did destroyed my own home. let me tell you some thing
      do you want to say lies
      one more think i want to draw you attention to, USA not worry about Syrian people and this we are sure from it , USA worry about Israel and how the effect going to be if these weapons go to Hezbullah OR used in Syria in wrong way
      We know the fact that world some how worry for Israel and no matter if tyrants killed people or not BUT we are sure of one thing going to be : OUR REVOLUTION GOING TO WIN AND WE WILL BRING OUR FREEDOM BY OUR HANDS THANKS

      December 3, 2012 at 2:32 am | Reply
    • Jay

      Dont converse on a subject you dont know nothing about. You are ignorant. The situation in Syria is the fault of the Regime. Nobody else. I have been to Syria and many parts of the world. I dont discuss in conversations I dont know anything about. Unlike you.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:47 am | Reply
      • Gregpeck

        I once travelled to Miami – I know all about it..... I know where their support lies....

        December 3, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  31. Kunst

    If Assad uses chemical weapons, the full force of the US military should be unleashed on him.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
    • Bart Fargo

      Assad's use of his chemical weapons, or more likely the rebels' use of a captured stockpile, will be interpreted by NATO as a plea for help with killing even more Syrians.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • How high will the pole be

      Gas as a weapon is almost useless, it is difficult to use because of the wind, requires alot of people to be in one small space and not rise off the gorund once it hits.
      Stupid useless weapon over all. Using is like pitching horse shies off mount everest and hitting the peg half down the mountain, AL Assad, best of luck with that, and you know the end results of this, they come straight for you in hours and not days. Bombing your palace would be minutes away from the med sea

      December 3, 2012 at 1:13 am | Reply
      • Awesome

        Exactly. I think the Kurds of northern Iraq would disagree though. Spoiler alert, thousands died.

        December 3, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • VX is on the menu

      Hey hero.. Syria did not make these weapons to see them destroyed by its enemy.. make no mistake, if anyone dares to cross the RED LINES we draw, these weapons will be unleashed on your friends and will target your interests every where within its reach.. The Jewish bible predicted the end of days to start from Syria, so if your leaders are itching to say goodbye to this world, then let them make their move!

      December 3, 2012 at 4:55 am | Reply
    • jkegor

      I think the American people are getting tired of being the worlds police. Find some other country to send their boys & girls into the fight.

      December 3, 2012 at 6:48 am | Reply
    • Moss

      No it shouldn't. Unless you are in the military, you need to STFU.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  32. Kim Jong No-dong

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:43 am | Reply
  33. Bill in Anza

    Get our people the hell out of there. If just one American dies from chemicals the country'll scream for obama's head on a pole.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:30 am | Reply
    • How high will the pole be

      pole jumping

      December 3, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • Peter from whatever

      . . . we don't have anyone there. Are you serious? You don't even know what country America has troops in and you think you're bright enough to make head-on-a-pole predictions about our own president?

      If one of our people gets gassed I'm going to want the head of the S.O.B that did it, not our leader.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:14 am | Reply
  34. Stan Iverson

    Does anyone remember Obama's boastful statement not so long ago that any "movement" of such weapons would trigger a severe response from the US?

    Obama ought to worry the free and democratic world!

    December 3, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • jack johnson

      So now they want to go to war to look for WEAPONS of mass destruction AGAIN

      December 3, 2012 at 12:33 am | Reply
    • Bart Fargo

      Does anyone remember how in the past the Syrian regime has moved chemical weapons stockpiles around the country to keep them more secure from the rebels? Nevermind, selective memory is great if it leads to a chance to flex American military might. If you're so hot to attack Syria, why don't you catch a flight to Damascus and join the jihadis right now? It'll make me feel warm and fuzzy inside to see your ilk massacred on the next set of wire photos.

      December 3, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
  35. do it bashar

    The rebels in Syria deserve to be gassed. They are nothing but Islamic radicals making the country miserable for everyone else. I would expect my own government to do the same thing if an extremist movement was attempting the violent overthrow of my country.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
  36. John Smith

    Looks like the rightwing fruitcakes are busy working overtime still trying to justify the war in Iraq. Chemical weapons secretly shipped out of Iraq to Syria LOL. These right wing kooks are so gullible they'll believe in anything any hack Bush apologist will say.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • Bart Fargo

      The funny thing will be if their theories are actually true, then a lot of those chemical weapons will have been made in the USA.

      December 3, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • US

      You are so gullible to NOT believe it...Saddam used chemical weapons several times, and was known to have a large stockpile.....then they just disappeared? Where do you think they went? You talk a tough game but are a little mouse...

      December 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  37. edwardst35

    Use 'em....lets see if they really work.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • Danny`

      huh? Use 'em and see if they really work? Wow, man, seriously?
      That's like saying, "Hum, not sure if there's a bullet left in my gun, I"ll aim at your head and see if there is or not"

      December 3, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
  38. Mike

    I'd rather them turn their own country into a desolate wasteland instead of letting the crap end up being used on us over here.

    December 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  39. Abdul Al-Sharrif

    Syria recieved thier chemical weapon via a train , which came from Iraq , before the second Gulf war . Iraq had chemical weapons all along , and gave them free to Syria , as long as Syria didnt attack Iraq when Saddam Hussain was prepareing for the American invasion . Saddam want those weapons out of his country so rebels wouldnt use them against his regime .

    December 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • alan

      you are 100% WRONG.

      December 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
    • John Smith

      haha, nice revisionist history at attempting to justify the war in Iraq. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence and please don't redirect me to a right wing website.

      December 2, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
      • VET

        John, let me tell you something......saddam used chemical weapons? YES FACT.....Did Saddam have a large stockpile of chemical weapons? YES FACT....did those weapons disappear ? YES FACT......most likely destination SYRIA.....most intelligence agencys believe thats where they who are you to dismiss it?

        December 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • innocenttruth

      LOL "Iraq planning invasion of US".....i thought it was US who invaded Iraq....well it is CNN website, you don't expect too much

      December 3, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
    • Chuck

      Nobody believes anyone anymore, we will jsut have to wait for a catastrophe to happen then people will say Oh well i guess they were right this time.
      Remember Saddam killed over 100,000 of his own people with Chemical Weapons.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:02 am | Reply
  40. DB

    For those individuals who have not gone through CBR training or have not seen the results of a Chemical or Biological attack, you have not idea what you are talking about. Look up the different gasses, look at pictures of what Mustard Gas did in WWI. Now imagine a container of it being brought to the USA and dispursed in NYC,or any major city, Subways, or even Washington DC. You are talking about mass deaths and uninhabitable areas for long periods of time. These agents must be watched carefully becasue no one wants to distroy them since they work so good. Look at what Sadam did to his own people, killing thousands with gas.

    December 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • Bart Fargo

      Good for you, someone saw fit to give you CBR training, and you've seen some photos on Wikipedia so you're an NBC weapons expert. But I suggest you take your research a step further and look into who gave Saddam the chemical and biological weapons to use on his own people, if you want to know whom and what you really need to be afraid of.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
  41. TheSurvivalGuy

    Reblogged this on thesurvivalplaceblog.

    December 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  42. Steve

    Who Cares??? Let them kill each other off!! Oh, wait a minute, Israel is afraid of them so they'll most likely launch a pre-emptive strike, just to get the 'silly' people in the US to back them, LOL

    December 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • JOSH P.

      I hope Assad use everything at its disposal,so all hell can break loose.

      December 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • American

      Whats that Steve? Are you maybe a little bit retarded?

      December 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  43. mrethiopian

    What about the chemicals used in America that are killing Americans today, the BP oil spill that was covered by CNN and then forgot about when the government told them to, is screwing America. Not reported on this web site CNN, it turns out that the chemical used to disperse the BP oil "Corexit" is 52 time more lethal than the oil it self and is now killing many in the gulf and because BP dumped so much of this poison in our ocean its killing from the bottom up, plankton are the first to die and then some day it will be the humans all because some greedy fools think life revolves around money, money is easy to print, but you cant print oxygen, ozone, or the earth in the end we will be killed by shot sighted fools that though that making more money would solve all their problems, how sad that the earth will die because the 1% needed more.

    CNN are you listening, because your included in the masses that will die, you had a choice but sold it for nothing.

    CNN your fools.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      There was shooter on the grassy knoll.

      December 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
      • Bill in Anza

        Who says the truth is out there? It's all lies and every single one of you is in on it.

        December 3, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  44. Austin

    Everyone who has a brain should look up the youtube video where Gen Wesley Clark talks about how during the bush adminstration after 9/11 he was given an outline to invade 7 countries in 5 years. Yes, syria is on the list.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  45. reply

    This is all Bush's fault or the YouTube video–a dictator would never use WMD against her/his own citizens. Just ask Saddam–oh, he's dead for crimes against his citizens. Nah, just Bush's fault is simplier!

    December 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • John Smith

      Time to take your meds, my friend.

      December 3, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
  46. jim

    But.. but wait, there can't be any WMDs. Because Bush lied, or something.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • 66th Strategic Command & Operations Unit.

      Incorrect, Saddam had them but removed them months before the invasion, However should the invasion never happen he had plans to restart production for the following

      – Tabun
      – Sarin
      – O-ethyl S-[2-ethyl] methylphosphonothioate
      – Blood Agent HC

      He didn't have them at the time of the invasion but he did have the means to deliver such a attack.
      that was the primary fear the U.S and allies had.

      December 2, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
      • GlueckAuf

        I think that was sarcasm. Of course Assad has chem-bio weapons.

        And I wouldn't be a bit surprised a good number of them say Made in Iraq. We gave Saddam a long, long time to spirit the evidence out of the country, a probability that seems lost on the "no WMDs were ever found, Bush lied" crowd.

        December 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
      • John Smith

        Where's the evidence???? Your dim-witted, conspiracy theory riddled brain doesn't count either.

        December 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
      • alan

        what a convenient and politically motivated excuse you have conjured up. you say that Iraq HAD the weapons before the US invaded, Would have had them there if we had not invaded, would then again have the weapons after we had left too. That's your story? Everything except the truth. The Bush admin could have told you anything to justify an illegal invasion, fixed the facts around their per-determined outcome and people like yourself will buy it hook, line and sinker every time.

        December 3, 2012 at 12:05 am |
      • Bart Fargo

        Do you still believe in the tooth fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa too, 66th?

        December 3, 2012 at 12:43 am |
      • American

        John, you are the bumbleheaded conspiracy theorist thinking America and her allies made up the fact that saddam had wmd's...he used them on his own people and was known to have a large stockpile you dummy...please tell us where they went? Start by trying the road to damascus

        December 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  47. 66th Strategic Command & Operations Unit.

    We would prefer the Syrian Regime use chemical (or) Bio-logical weapons first as grounds for a "AUMF" resolution so there would be reason for some sort of intervention or prevention. We know it sounds bad however it seems that acting before a incident doesn't please the world anymore but rather let a few thousand more die as a example. However it seems the very same people over there have been crossing borders and firing on NATO soldiers so that is just as unfavorable as watching the innocent suffer.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • i12bphil

      Whatever happens, someone will always find a way to make the whole thing our fault...

      December 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
      • 66th Strategic Command & Operations Unit.

        Because the world has to have someone to blame and the U.S is the perfect scapegoat.

        December 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
      • John Smith

        Maybe because the U.S likes to have its hand in everyone's business....

        December 3, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Gregpeck

      We might also seek the truth.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
  48. IvotedforObama

    They better not use them.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  49. Birchwood

    Will there be an Egyptian Free Army, like the Syrian Free Army? ........ It seems Morsi may be as bad or worse than Assad.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
    • Gregpeck

      He may be better depending on perspective.... After all he was elected...

      December 3, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  50. tony

    The Iraq dictator did it and nobody stopped him. Wait till this one kills several thousand w/it & then MAYBE after the cry of conplaint they'll come to the rescue! Typical behavior w/value of human life... like a traffic light that's put up after several people are killed, etc!! In the end, is all about money!!!

    December 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
    • Birchwood

      Tony............. After Iraq used gas against Iran, on NBC News, Lt. Col. Rick Francona described how he was a "Forward Observer Spotter" for the U.S. Army. One can only wonder what is to come in Syria, after Gaddaffi in Libya was killed via a mad dog group.

      December 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous

      Let's not forget who gave such weapons to him in the first place.

      December 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • Gregpeck

      In fact some encouraged him...

      December 3, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
  51. Scare news

    This is bad news no matter what. If Syrian Regime uses chemical weapons, Western powers will be lambasted for not doing anything and thousands will die. If Syrian Regime collapses, or the rebels get their hands on it during the civil war, these weapons will be in the hands of unknowns and now jihadist. What was once a 16-month non-violent revolution has turned into a bloody civil war infused with islamic jihadists from around the world exploiting the situation. And rebels need every fighter they can, so they aren't complaining.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  52. seanpnicholas

    Seems like they're getting desperate enough to do it. Hopefully the people on the ground will disobey/desert before they go that far, but it seems like a good part of their military can be relied upon to follow orders. And Assad clearly feels he has nothing to lose at this point.

    What a mess.

    December 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  53. RSaundersPA

    It would be a good time for our president and other world leaders to get in front of the cameras and explain exactly what the consequences will be if Assad uses chemical weapons. This could be Obama's Cuban Missile moment if he chooses to take it.

    December 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  54. larry5

    If things start getting tough for Assad it's a sure thing that these weapons will be used. For Assad what's not to like about gassing people. It's cheap and efficient. And it achieves the goal of making those attacked suffer. Chemical and biological warfare is a Muslim dream weapon, cheap to deliver, impossible to defend against.

    December 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • The MAD Jewess

      YOU sir are BRAINWASHED.
      Obama is fighting Al Qaeda.
      Hillary and Obama ARE Al qaeda

      December 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  55. more war mongering

    more war mongering

    December 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • i12bphil

      More broken record
      More broken record
      More broken record
      More broken record
      More broken record

      December 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
      • reply

        Glad you know that it is all Bush's fault, or the YouTube video–it's the sweet 'record' Obama sang to get re-elected.

        December 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • Moss

      Beat the drums of war. I noticed CNN does this a lot. And then when we actually go to war, they turn against our soldiers and call them idiots, murders, and rapists, without any evidence.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • The MAD Jewess

        They didnt 'beat the drums of war' during Bushs regime

        December 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm |

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