Israeli official: Syria using chemical weapons
Syrians search for survivors in the rubble of a building targeted by a missile in Aleppo.
April 23rd, 2013
09:24 AM ET

Israeli official: Syria using chemical weapons

The Syrian government is using chemical weapons against rebel forces, the head of the Israel Defense Forces' intelligence research departments said Tuesday.

"In all likelihood they used sarin gas," Brig. Gen. Itai Brun said Tuesday in a speech at a conference in Tel Aviv. This comes as a civil war between the government and rebels rages across Syria - which borders Israel.

Analysts believe the Syrian government may have one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world. The supply is believed to include sarin, mustard and VX gases, which are banned under international law. Syria has denied the allegation.

Reports have repeatedly surfaced that Syrian forces moved some of the chemical weapons inventories, possibly because of deteriorating security in the country, raising fears the stockpile could fall into the hands of al Qaeda-linked groups working with the opposition should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government fall.


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  1. massoud

    If Israel says so it must be true. NOT! Let some other superpower fight Israel's wars for a change.We are broke and need to pull out of the Middle East no more US $ for Middle Eastern aid or Wars.

    April 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      During Obama's time in office, we have learned a lesson! Don't trust Israel!!! Israel wants one thing from the US and will do anything to get it! Invade Iran! This news has to be fabricated by Isael to advance their goal, Israel has been losing credibillity in recent years. Be very careful of Isaeli claims!

      April 24, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
  2. BigShiz

    It's nice to have no more Islama crazy man around.

    April 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  3. George Patton-2

    Can this Gen. Itai Brun prove any of this? It now appears that this clown Obama is looking for another excuse to jump into Syria's civil war in order to take over that country. Judging by this, it appears that these so-called "rebels" are not winning as the right-wing media wishes us to believe.

    April 23, 2013 at 11:11 am | Reply
  4. Vyradder

    So the Syrians have crossed the line Obama drew in the sand. I now await the resulting "action" that will

    April 23, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
  5. Louis

    And as usual, Obama is doing nothing until way, way later, maybe never, in the comfort of the White House, or in Air Force One on his way to Hawaii. And why? Because Obama was pushed through school on affirmative action and was elected because he was a novelty of the far left who could talk well, but his incompetent and in way over his head. These situations would be easily dealt with if a man of competence was in the White House. I saw the products of affirmative action both in college and in the work place, and those folks were pitiful. If they were given the true fruits of their abilities, most would be mowing grass, working in a warehouse or flipping burgers. But they're now in the White House, ruining the country while the able men who want to save the country have their hands tied, because of affirmative action. We need a Ronald Reagan again... not a product of affirmative action.

    April 23, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Thank you, Louis, for the revelation. Now we know why Obama and not YOU is the President of the United States.

      April 23, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @Thinker23,yah all these brains posting here and all supposidly republican,conservative leaning and boy is that a revelation if there ever was one..Too bad they can't think productively for America and all they think of is their ways of destroying democracy at Americas expense..And let me post a question to all republicans and their ilk and when will republicans in a any capacity create anything beneficial for the citizens of America and let's leave wars ,recessions,depressions off the tables folks..Please be quick about it before I pass of old age!!

        April 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • No war

      "save the Country" ? are you talking on behalf of Israel or America? For your Information, Syria doesen´t have anything to do with Americas saftey. So if Israel says so then Obama must jump like a Pudel and bite Assad in the leg... We all know that this is propaganda. Just like the Irak WMD lies. Who many wars do people of affirmative action like you need?? Endless?? Wars don´t save nations, they destroy them.

      April 24, 2013 at 4:50 am | Reply
  6. Towel Heads

    Towel Heads killing other Towel Heads. Priceless.

    April 23, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • BigShiz

      A racist white male American. Typical.

      April 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        Well, "Towel Heads" said the truth. In Syria, Arab Muslims are killing other Arab Muslims. Does TELLING THE TRUTH make his a "racist", in your opinion? If so does it mean that you (who is, apparently, NOT a racist) are telling only LIES?

        April 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm |

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