Review Suggests Syria Didn't Use 'Chemical Weapons'
But it might have been a lesser 'caustic agent,' US officials tell CNN
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2013 5:06 PM CDT
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency, a victim who suffered an alleged chemical attack is treated in Aleppo.   (AP Photo/SANA)

(Newser) – Bashar al-Assad may not have crossed the red line after all. US intelligence officials don't think Syria used chemical weapons in Aleppo this week, reports CNN. At least, that's the conclusion after an initial review, which could change as more intelligence arrives. But analysts examining video say victims don't look as if they were hit with anything that would qualify as a chemical weapon under international treaties.

Nor does it appear that Assad's military launched any kind of missile beforehand. It is possible the victims got hit with some kind of "caustic agent" such as chlorine, one official tells CNN, but that apparently doesn't qualify. The chair of the House intelligence panel said Monday there was a "high probability" that Assad used a chemical weapon.

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Tuthinadvertizing
Mar 22, 2013 8:14 PM CDT
Oh so it was them crazy al-Qaeda under Obominations control again acting up like they did on 9-11. Now the whole thing never happened. But that is only because no one was buying the crap about it being the Syrian Government using chemicals. Now that it is Obombinations forces doing the chemical attacks, the really dead victims of the chemicals don't exist, and how on earth could a Nobel winning peace prize winner be accused of being a war criminal commanding terrorist, the same kind that did 9-11 Hell if the media reported that fact, we might have to but Obombination in Gitmoe and put some jumper cables on his balls to make him admit to it all. Hell as sadistic as he is he might enjoy it all and ask for more. He would use his community organizing skills to take over Gitmoe and start his own fascist dictatorship allied with the Cubans.
mehrheit
Mar 22, 2013 12:13 PM CDT
When did chlorine stop qualifying as a chemical weapon? Granted it's not the worst of the chemical weapons, but to say it's merely a "caustic agent" is to miss the point.
reallybig
Mar 21, 2013 8:38 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... Like Qaddafi .. Assad screwed up. --- When he had the chance .. he should have gotten "the bomb" .. and the shit that's happening in Syria now .. wouldn't be happening. Assad faces the same fate as Qaddafi .. but .. he has the chance to do what Qaddafi didn't do .. unleash every weapon of mass destructiom he has .. on every country that helped his enemies, before they kill him. ____________________ REALLY