Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Gas Says United Nations Investigator

Back in May, United Nations human rights investigator Carla de Ponte publicly indicated use of sarin gas by Syrian rebels.  This declaration was completely ignored by both the Obama White House and most within the Mainstream Media.  President Obama instead, repeated his concerns that it was the Assad regime that might use chemical weapons, even as Carla de Ponte was indicating the evidence pointed instead to the Syrian rebels already having done so – the same “rebels” the Obama administration is pushing to more fully fund and support via money, weapons, and American-led military strikes against the Assad regime.

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UN accuses Syrian rebels of chemical weapons use

Syrian rebels have made use of the deadly nerve agent sarin in their war-torn country’s conflict, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte has said.

“According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons, making use of sarin gas,” del Ponte, a former war crimes prosecutor, said in an interview with Swiss radio late on Sunday.

“We still have to deepen our investigation, verify and confirm (the findings) through new witness testimony, but according to what we have established so far, it is at the moment opponents of the regime who are using sarin gas,” she added.  LINK


So why now the rush to attack Syria by the Obama administration?  Just this morning, Barack Obama refused to rule out he would order an attack even if Congress votes to opposes such an attack.  Barack Obama would in essence then, be attacking a sovereign nation in direct opposition to Congress, the American people, and world opinion, and do so even as evidence suggests the rebels have already been the ones to use chemical weapons.

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18 Comments to Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Gas Says United Nations Investigator
    • VTX
    • I can see the wisdom of having tuned-and-ready cruise missiles in the region; the threats the Iranians are making now have gone past the threshold that we ourselves have passed in recent days. Such words are a declaration of war.

      Should Iran move before we do, and should they or their proxies (not Tonkin-type proxies) attack our facilities or our Navy, or if they attack Israel’s interests, then that is the time for affirmative action; that’s the time to hold the cruise missiles on a hair trigger. At that point, having been targetted first, Israel will strike Iran. If Assad tries to defend Iran, that’s the permissable moment for us to use them against Assad and his air force and other facilities.

      If Assad is a good boy, then no one should harm him. But if we have to defend the strike on Iran – in a war started by Iran – then it would be a good thing to “expand the target list” to include most of the rebels.

      Iran’s hotheads will undoubtably strike first – and if they do, China and Russia should stay the hell out of it. The Shiite-eating Ayatollahs deserve a whacking – far more than Assad. Nuclear weapons are far more serious than cannisters of lethal gas.

      • Mark
      • Russia’s naval presence grows in the region daily. They’re bringing in more assets to equal the American presence. By the time the order is given ( if it is given) to attack Syria the Russians will have positioned a mini flotilla / flotilla right outside of Syria.

        Putin is serious about defending Russian interests in the region.

        It won’t be as simple as Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan….this time the target has capable allies with a significant presence in the region.

        Zerohedge had some posts that indicate that the gas pipeline running through Syria carries Russian gas and is vital to their interests. If the US gets control of the pipeline they’ll be able to use it for gas shipped from Qatar. This will combine gas and oil into bolstering the dollar. Instead of petro dollars they will become energy dollars as the Russians, Chinese, Iranian ( BRIC Nations) are attempting to replace petro dollars with a SDR ( special drawing right) by using Russia’s gas to dampen Saudi Oil.

        Syria is a hot piece of real estate these days. Iran is also. The Russians have made their intentions known….and we know Putin is no coward.

        The wildcard is China. They don’t seem to be agressively defending Iran or Syria but have interests in both countries. I wonder if they would start to dump treasuries if hostilities started.

        They could lay a big hurt on us if they dumped treasuries.

        • E.A.B.
        • You’re misreading Russia’s motivations. Russia already has numerous pipelines–they’re an energy superpower. They have no need for a Syrian pipeline as they already have more direct pipelines into countries on the northern side of the Mediterranean. Moreover, they already have a tanker terminals on the Mediterranean, both in Turkey and in the Balkans.

          So Syria is not vital to Russia’s interests.

          Additionally, Russia’s Middle Eastern pipelines run through Turkey, which supports the Syrian rebels. If the idea is to keep Russia’s Middle Eastern oil distribution from being blocked…well, it’s already block-able via Turkey. Syria would be an afterthought if anything.

          No, as I said in another comment, what this is really all about is writing a new ending for the Cold War…one in which America bows to Russia.

          Obama is merely playing along, delivering rhetoric with no real intention of doing anything other than caving to Putin who will then become the undisputed Most Powerful Man In The World.

          • Mark
          • I’ll defer to your knowledge on Russian pipelines as I have none….I was just repeating what I had read on a post over at zerohedge. I wouldn’t say that Syria is not a vital Russian interest. The water port is the only one they have in Mediterranean…plus the pipeline. Those are good reasons to have a dog in the fight.

            The one aspect I am familiar with is the efforts to end the dollar as worlds reserve currency and replace it with SDR…..being promoted by BRICS countries.

            Not sure about Putin becoming the world’s most powerful. A bit far fetched no?

          • Mark
          • After reading up a bit more on the pipeline situation it appears that the Russians have a vested interest in keeping the pipeline in Syrian hands to prevent Qatar from using it for liquid gas which Russia dominates in distribution to Europe.

            If Syria falls to Saudi’s then Qatar can use it to ship their liquid gas to the Med and give Russia some competition.

        • Xeno
        • Russia’s entire fleet is little more than junk, right now. It’s a token show of force, at best. It’ll be used in the role of intelligence-gathering, but Russia has no idiotic desire to commit an act of war on a third-rate dictator’s behalf.

          As they always do, they’ll wait for the dust to settle, know their own port is perfectly safe and compete for oil and weapon contracts (the latter of which are suffering some particularly bad publicity over quality, of late, since the explosion on that freshly-refurbished Indian submarine).

    • E.A.B.
    • De Ponte works under the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, who works alongside the U.N. Human Rights Council.

      Both are notorious for their whitewashing of massive human rights violations by the dictatorships who dominate the Council. A fabricated accusation against the Syrian rebels in order to justify any and all action taken by the Assad regime is exactly the kind of thing these people would do.

      It seems like people’s ability to do their homework has suddenly dissolved…

    • charlotte

      “Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?”

      Yossef Bodansky’s sources reveal that on August 13 and 14, there was a high-level meeting in Turkey that included the al-Qaeda Syrian rebels, along with U.S., Turkish, and Qatari officials, in which the Obama regime planned a bombing campaign after a “war-changing” moment that was set to occur within days. This “war changing” moment, of course turned out to be the gassing of 1429 people, including hundreds of children, to be blamed on Bashar al-Assad. (thanks to John)

      Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?” Yosef Bodansky, Global Research, September 1, 2013

      There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition.

      The extent of US foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light.

      On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.

      The opposition forces had to quickly prepare their forces for exploiting the US-led bombing in order to march on Damascus and topple the Bashar al-Assad Government, the senior commanders explained. The Qatari and Turkish intelligence officials assured the Syrian regional commanders that they would be provided with plenty of weapons for the coming offensive.

      Indeed, unprecedented weapons distribution started in all opposition camps in Hatay Province on August 21-23, 2013. In the Reyhanli area alone, opposition forces received well in excess of 400 tons of weapons, mainly anti-aircraft weaponry from shoulder-fired missiles to ammunition for light-guns and machineguns. The weapons were distributed from store-houses controlled by Qatari and Turkish Intelligence under the tight supervision of US Intelligence.

      These weapons were loaded on more than 20 trailer-trucks which crossed into northern Syria and distributed the weapons to several depots. Follow-up weapon shipments, also several hundred tons, took place over the weekend of August 24-25, 2013, and included mainly sophisticated anti-tank guided missiles and rockets. Opposition officials in Hatay said that these weapon shipments were “the biggest” they had received “since the beginning of the turmoil more than two years ago”. The deliveries from Hatay went to all the rebel forces operating in the Idlib-to-Aleppo area, including the al-Qaida affiliated jihadists (who constitute the largest rebel forces in the area).

      Several senior officials from both the Syrian opposition and sponsoring Arab states stressed that these weapon deliveries were specifically in anticipation for exploiting the impact of imminent bombing of Syria by the US and the Western allies. The latest strategy formulation and coordination meetings took place on August 26, 2013. The political coordination meeting took place in Istanbul and was attended by US Amb. Robert Ford.

      More important were the military and operational coordination meetings at the Antakya garrison. Senior Turkish, Qatari, and US Intelligence officials attended in addition to the Syrian senior (opposition) commanders. The Syrians were informed that bombing would start in a few days.

      “The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could come as early as in the next few days,” a Syrian participant in the meeting said. Another Syrian participant said that he was convinced US bombing was scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Several participants — both Syrian and Arab — stressed that the assurances of forthcoming bombing were most explicit even as formally Obama is still undecided.

      The descriptions of these meetings raise the question of the extent of foreknowledge of US Intelligence, and therefore, the Obama White House. All the sources consulted — both Syrian and Arab — stressed that officials of the “Mukhabarat Amriki” actively participated in the meetings and briefings in Turkey. Therefore, at the very least, they should have known that the opposition leaders were anticipating “a war-changing development”: that is, a dramatic event which would provoke a US-led military intervention.

      The mere fact that weapon storage sites under the tight supervision of US Intelligence were opened up and about a thousand tons of high-quality weapons were distributed to the opposition indicates that US Intelligence anticipated such a provocation and the opportunity for the Syrian opposition to exploit the impact of the ensuing US and allied bombing. Hence, even if the Obama White House did not know in advance of the chemical provocation, they should have concluded, or at the very least suspected, that the chemical attack was most likely the “war-changing development” anticipated by the opposition leaders as provocation of US-led bombing. Under such circumstances, the Obama White House should have refrained from rushing head-on to accuse Assad’s Damascus and threaten retaliation, thus making the Obama White House at the very least complicit after the act.

      Meanwhile, additional data from Damascus about the actual chemical attack increases the doubts about Washington’s version of events. Immediately after the attack, three hospitals of Doctors Without Borders (MSF: médecins sans frontières) in the greater Damascus area treated more than 3,600 Syrians affected by the chemical attack, and 355 of them died. MSF performed tests on the vast majority of those treated.

      MSF director of operations Bart Janssens summed up the findings: “MSF can neither scientifically confirm the cause of these symptoms nor establish who is responsible for the attack. However, the reported symptoms of the patients, in addition to the epidemiological pattern of the events — characterized by the massive influx of patients in a short period of time, the origin of the patients, and the contamination of medical and first aid workers — strongly indicate mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent.” Simply put, even after testing some 3,600 patients, MSF failed to confirm that sarin was the cause of the injuries. According to MSF, the cause could have been nerve agents like sarin, concentrated riot control gas, or even high-concentration pesticides. Moreover, opposition reports that there was distinct stench during the attack suggest that it could have come from the “kitchen sarin” used by jihadist groups (as distinct from the odorless military-type sarin) or improvised agents like pesticides.

      Some of the evidence touted by the Obama White House is questionable at best.

      A small incident in Beirut raises big questions. A day after the chemical attack, Lebanese fixers working for the “Mukhabarat Amriki” succeeded to convince a Syrian male who claimed to have been injured in the chemical attack to seek medical aid in Beirut in return for a hefty sum that would effectively settle him for life. The man was put into an ambulance and transferred overnight to the Farhat Hospital in Jib Janine, Beirut. The Obama White House immediately leaked friendly media that “the Lebanese Red Cross announced that test results found traces of sarin gas in his blood.” However, this was news to Lebanese intelligence and Red Cross officials.
      According to senior intelligence officials, “Red Cross Operations Director George Kettaneh told [them] that the injured Syrian fled the hospital before doctors were able to test for traces of toxic gas in his blood.” Apparently, the patient declared that he had recovered from his nausea and no longer needed medical treatment. The Lebanese security forces are still searching for the Syrian patient and his honorarium.

      On August 24, 2013, Syrian Commando forces acted on intelligence about the possible perpetrators of the chemical attack and raided a cluster of rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar. Canisters of toxic material were hit in the fierce fire-fight as several Syrian soldiers suffered from suffocation and “some of the injured are in a critical condition”.

      The Commando eventually seized an opposition warehouse containing barrels full of chemicals required for mixing “kitchen sarin”, laboratory equipment, as well as a large number of protective masks. The Syrian Commando also captured several improvised explosive devices, RPG rounds, and mortar shells. The same day, at least four HizbAllah fighters operating in Damascus near Ghouta were hit by chemical agents at the very same time the Syrian Commando unit was hit while searching a group of rebel tunnels in Jobar. Both the Syrian and the HizbAllah forces were acting on intelligence information about the real perpetrators of the chemical attack. Damascus told Moscow the Syrian troops were hit by some form of a nerve agent and sent samples (blood, tissues, and soil) and captured equipment to Russia.

      Several Syrian leaders, many of whom are not Bashar al-Assad supporters and are even his sworn enemies, are now convinced that the Syrian opposition is responsible for the August 21, 2013, chemical attack in the Damascus area in order to provoke the US and the allies into bombing Assad’s Syria. Most explicit and eloquent is Saleh Muslim, the head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) which has been fighting the Syrian Government. Muslim doubts Assad would have used chemical weapons when he was winning the civil war.

      “The regime in Syria … has chemical weapons, but they wouldn’t use them around Damascus, five km from the [UN] committee which is investigating chemical weapons. Of course they are not so stupid as to do so,” Muslim told Reuters on August 27, 2013. He believes the attack was “aimed at framing Assad and provoking an international reaction”. Muslim is convinced that “some other sides who want to blame the Syrian regime, who want to show them as guilty and then see action” is responsible for the chemical attack. The US was exploiting the attack to further its own anti-Assad policies and should the UN inspectors find evidence that the rebels were behind the attack, then “everybody would forget it”, Muslim shrugged. “Who is the side who would be punished? Are they are going to punish the Emir of Qatar or the King of Saudi Arabia, or Mr Erdo?an of Turkey?”

      And there remain the questions: Given the extent of the involvement of the “Mukhabarat Amriki” in opposition activities, how is that US Intelligence did not know in advance about the opposition’s planned use of chemical weapons in Damascus?

      It is a colossal failure.

      And if they did know and warned the Obama White House, why then the sanctimonious rush to blame the Assad Administration?

      Moreover, how can the Obama Administration continue to support and seek to empower the opposition which had just intentionally killed some 1,300 innocent civilians in order to provoke a US military intervention?

      Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs

    • VTX
    • Addendum: Ambassador Stevens knew about the false flags, disagreed strongly with the Brennan Brotherhood on the transfer of gas weapons to people Stevens knew to be terrorists, and he didn’t want to see a wider war in the region.

      He was the target; this was the reason.

      Once again: the story the administration concocted about Benghazi is equally credible with the story Kerry/O’Bagy are pushing about “moderate” rebels.

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