Israel: Syria Has Been Using Chemical Weapons
Ally says use has been 'continuous,' puts pressure on US
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2013 6:38 AM CDT
This citizen journalism image shows anti-Syrian regime protesters chanting slogans and waving the Syrian revolutionary flag during a demonstration, in Aleppo, Friday, April 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

(Newser) – An Israeli official has offered the country's firmest assertion yet that Syria is using chemical arms, calling the evidence "quite clear," the New York Times reports. "The regime has increasingly used chemical weapons," says Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the military's leading intelligence official, adding that Syria has more than 1,000 tons of such agents. The pronouncement follows a letter to the UN from British and French officials warning of evidence of the weapons' use, and it puts pressure on President Obama to take action, the Times notes.

Obama previously called the use of chemical weapons a "red line," but his administration hasn't yet suggested that Syria has crossed that line. Yesterday, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said the US was still evaluating evidence. But Brun called the weapons' use "continuous," saying they'd been deployed in Aleppo, Homs, and maybe Damascus. "Which chemical weapons? Probably Sarin," he said. He indicated victims' foaming mouths and dilated pupils in photos, Reuters adds. "The very fact that they have used chemical weapons without any appropriate reaction—this is a very worrying development, because it might signal that this is legitimate.”

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tomthemaniam3
Apr 23, 2013 5:39 PM CDT
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In the same context, another Army unit ambushed an armed terrorist group near al-Dmayer city, killing all its members and confiscating their weapons, including anti-aircraft cannon 23mm, 7200 bullet and a car. Other Syrian Arab army units killed and injured several terrorists in Deirkhabia and Zakia. The source added that another Army unit pursued a terrorist group in Hejjera town and killed all its members. Among the killed terrorists was Muhammad al-Radadi. In the same time, another Army unit killed and injured several terrorists in al-Husania town. Among the dead terrorists was Safuan al-Foual from Saudi Arabia. Syrian Arab Army Units Target Terrorists' Dens and Gatherings in Homs Countryside Units of the Syrian Armed Forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Homs Countryside. A military source told SANA that the Army units destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings in Abo Houri village in al-Qser countryside, dismantling scores of explosive devices planted by terrorists in the village's lands. The source added that other Army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings and vehicles in al-Rastan, Talbisa and al-Darr al-Kabera areas. Terrorists Killed in Idleb Countryside A unit of the Syrian Armed Forces Carried out operations against terrorists hideouts and gatherings in Idleb countryside. A military source told SANA reporter that a Syrian Arab Army unit destroyed terrorists' hideouts in Ein al-Barda villag Army Units Hunt Terrorists in Aleppo and its Countryside Units of the Armed Forces carried out a series of special operations against the armed terrorist groups in Aleppo and its countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them. An official source in theprovince told SANA that the Army units targeted terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Alqamia, Mayer and Kafen in Aleppo countryside, killing and injuring scores of terrorists. The source added that another Army unit destroyed an amount of terrorists' weapons in al-Marja roundabout in Aleppo city, killing several terrorists. Meanwhile, another Army unit targeted terrorists' hideouts in al-Ameria area, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists. Terrorists Group Kidnap two Bishops in Aleppo Countryside An official source in Aleppo told SANA that an armed terrorist group kidnapped Bishop Yohana Ibrahim, Bishop of the Syriac Orthodox in Aleppo and Bishop Boulos Yazigi, Bishop of the Greek Orthodox in Aleppo , while they were conducting human operations in Kafer Daeel in Aleppo countryside. The source added that the terrorists intercepted the Bishops' car in the village and pulled down the driver, driving the car to unknown area. Information Minister...Terrorist Groups became the US Arm in Region Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said armed terrorist groups became "an arm" for the US in the military and political field, adding "The US has attempted to overthrow Syria through the Iraqi or Lebanese gate, or through direct tools like Israel. "The US successive administrations recognize that Syria is not a playground for their policies," the Minister said during a meeting with leadership and activities of the Syrian-Russian Friendship Association in Moscow on Monday. He added that the Arab League decision regarding Syria contradicts its convention, affirming that any decision at the UN will not be legal, even if Syria's membership at the international Organization will be suspended, they will not be able to abolish the recognition of it. "The real partner to Syria in all developments will be Russia, this opinion is not mine... it is the opinion of the Syrian people and leadership," the Minister said. Al-Zoubi added that the goal of conflict in the world has never changed... all historic events stress that there is a conflict among the interests of superpowers, but besides this conflict there is another between good and bad. For his part, the Syrian Ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad talked about the political and diplomatic war against Syria and about Qatar's destructive role aiming at killing the Syrian citizens. He said that they gave Syria seat at the Arab League to the so-called opposition and they want to repeat this at the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, then at the UN. Alexander Dzasokhov, Chairman of the Syrian-Russian Friendship Association said that Russia, as people and leadership, has a unified stance to support Syria in its struggle against this global war. At a lecture delivered in the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Minister al-Zoubi pointed out to the strong relations between Syria and Russia throughout history. "Syria is a secular state which has been always a target for extremism and extremists.. Syria is facing Arab and western mass media which do not know what is really going on the Syrian land," The Minister said. He added that Syria is paying the price of that secularism, coexistence and religious diversity where it gathers 18 languages including the Aramaic language of the Christ. "Syria has documents revealing that US officers are training, photographing and giving aids to the mercenaries who belong to the culture of al-Qaeda of Jabhat al-Nusra, Liwa al-Tawhid and many others," the Minister went on saying. He added "we are confident that the crisis in Syria will come to an end due to the awareness of the Syrian people and through the help of the Russian people and leadership led by President Vladimir Putin. In a televised interview with ITAR TASS, the Minister affirmed that the Syrian government was the first who called for the political internal dialogue since May, 2011, this political dialogue has to be among the Syrians and there no relation to al-Qaeda or Jabhat al-Nusra. He affirmed that the political program presented by President Bashar al-Assad on January 6th, 2013 is a comprehensive political, social and economic program, saying "this program is not a mere political vision, but there is a timetable for implementing it… the US, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia hinder and obstruct any dialogue or carrying out this program." On the possibility of sending petroleum from regions in northern Syria to the EU countries, al-Zoubi said "there are main countries in the EU like France and Britain which are involved in the events in Syria..Their intelligence work in Syria and the neighboring regions.. They are involved in shedding the Syrian blood since the outbreak of events, so the EU decision is not surprising.
TomthemanIam
Apr 23, 2013 5:31 PM CDT
Terrorists Killed in Several ProvincesUnits of the Armed Forces targeted terrorists' dens and gatherings in Jdaydat al-Fadel, Darayaa, al-Dmaer, Knaker, Hajjera and al-Husenia in Damascus Countryside, killing and injuring several terrorists, in addition to destroying their equipment. An official source told SANA that a Syrian Arab Army unit killed several terrorists in Jdydat al-Fadel, including the terrorists Alaa al-Khmeis and Fakhri Shabraq.The source pointed out that the operations in Jdaydat al-Fadel is about to end after a series of special operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings. The source added that other Army units killed 8 terrorists near al-Saida Sakina shrine in Darayaa. Meanwhile, other Army units clashed with armed terroristgroups in al-Fourn roundabout and al-Shiah area, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, including Abo Mjahed, leader of " Ahfad al-Rasul Brigade". In the same context, another Army unit ambushed an armed terrorist group near al-Dmayer city, killing all its members and confiscating their weapons, including anti-aircraft cannon 23mm, 7200 bullet and a car. Other Syrian Arab army units killed and injured several terrorists in Deirkhabia and Zakia.The source added that another Army unit pursued a terrorist group in Hejjera town and killed all its members. Among the killed terrorists was Muhammad al-Radadi. In the same time, another Army unit killed and injured several terrorists in al-Husania town. Among the dead terrorists was Safuan al-Foual from Saudi Arabia.Syrian Arab Army Units Target Terrorists' Dens and Gatherings in Homs Countryside Units of the Syrian Armed Forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Homs Countryside.A military source told SANA that the Army units destroyed terrorists' dens and gatherings in Abo Houri village in al-Qser countryside, dismantling scores of explosive devices planted by terrorists in the village's lands. The source added that other Army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings and vehicles in al-Rastan, Talbisa and al-Darr al-Kabera areas.Terrorists Killed in Idleb CountrysideA unit of the Syrian Armed Forces Carried out operations against terrorists hideouts and gatherings in Idleb countryside. A military source told SANA reporter that a Syrian Arab Army unit destroyed terrorists' hideouts in Ein al-Barda villagArmy Units Hunt Terrorists in Aleppo and its CountrysideUnits of the Armed Forces carried out a series of special operations against the armed terrorist groups in Aleppo and its countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them. An official source in theprovince told SANA that the Army units targeted terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Alqamia, Mayer and Kafen in Aleppo countryside, killing and injuring scores of terrorists.The source added that another Army unit destroyed an amount of terrorists' weapons in al-Marja roundabout in Aleppo city, killing several terrorists. Meanwhile, another Army unit targeted terrorists' hideouts in al-Ameria area, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists.Terrorists Group Kidnap two Bishops in Aleppo CountrysideAn official source in Aleppo told SANA that an armed terrorist group kidnapped Bishop Yohana Ibrahim, Bishop of the Syriac Orthodox in Aleppo and Bishop Boulos Yazigi, Bishop of the Greek Orthodox in Aleppo , while they were conducting human operations in Kafer Daeel in Aleppo countryside. The source added that the terrorists intercepted the Bishops' car in the village and pulled down the driver, driving the car to unknown area.Information Minister...Terrorist Groups became the US Arm in Region Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said armed terrorist groups became "an arm" for the US in the military and political field, adding "The US has attempted to overthrow Syria through the Iraqi or Lebanese gate, or through direct tools like Israel. "The US successive administrations recognize that Syria is not a playground for their policies," the Minister said during a meeting with leadership and activities of the Syrian-Russian Friendship Association in Moscow on Monday. He added that the Arab League decision regarding Syria contradicts its convention, affirming that any decision at the UN will not be legal, even if Syria's membership at the international Organization will be suspended, they will not be able to abolish the recognition of it. "The real partner to Syria in all developments will be Russia, this opinion is not mine... it is the opinion of the Syrian people and leadership," the Minister said. Al-Zoubi added that the goal of conflict in the world has never changed... all historic events stress that there is a conflict among the interests of superpowers, but besides this conflict there is another between good and bad. For his part, the Syrian Ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad talked about the political and diplomatic war against Syria and about Qatar's destructive role aiming at killing the Syrian citizens.He said that they gave Syria seat at the Arab League to the so-called opposition and they want to repeat this at the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, then at the UN. Alexander Dzasokhov, Chairman of the Syrian-Russian Friendship Association said that Russia, as people and leadership, has a unified stance to support Syria in its struggle against this global war.At a lecture delivered in the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Minister al-Zoubi pointed out to the strong relations between Syria and Russia throughout history. "Syria is a secular state which has been always a target for extremism and extremists.. Syria is facing Arab and western mass media which do not know what is really going on the Syrian land," The Minister said. He added that Syria is paying the price of that secularism, coexistence and religious diversity where it gathers 18 languages including the Aramaic language of the Christ."Syria has documents revealing that US officers are training, photographing and giving aids to the mercenaries who belong to the culture of al-Qaeda of Jabhat al-Nusra, Liwa al-Tawhid and many others," the Minister went on saying. He added "we are confident that the crisis in Syria will come to an end due to the awareness of the Syrian people and through the help of the Russian people and leadership led by President Vladimir Putin. In a televised interview with ITAR TASS, the Minister affirmed that the Syrian government was the first who called for the political internal dialogue since May, 2011, this political dialogue has to be among the Syrians and there no relation to al-Qaeda or Jabhat al-Nusra. He affirmed that the political program presented by President Bashar al-Assad on January 6th, 2013 is a comprehensive political, social and economic program, saying "this program is not a mere political vision, but there is a timetable for implementing it… the US, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia hinder and obstruct any dialogue or carrying out this program." On the possibility of sending petroleum from regions in northern Syria to the EU countries, al-Zoubi said "there are main countries in the EU like France and Britain which are involved in the events in Syria..Their intelligence work in Syria and the neighboring regions.. They are involved in shedding the Syrian blood since the outbreak of events, so the EU decision is not surprising.
Rickrodriguez111
Apr 23, 2013 4:02 PM CDT
A week or so ago, Obama sent 200 troops to the Syria area (possibly to start setting up shop.) Now countries that we are allied with in the area are claiming use of chemical weapons. HERE WE GO AGAIN...