Topic: Protests in Syria
Both the Syrian government and the rebels have accused each other of using chemical weapons in recent months.© AFP 2013/ HO / Syrian Revolution General Commission
US President Barack Obama has long said that use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces would constitute a “red line."© REUTERS/ Larry Downing
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WASHINGTON, June 13 (RIA Novosti) – The White House said Thursday it now believes with “high confidence” that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons multiple times during the two-year conflict there and vowed to boost US aid to the armed opposition fighting to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.
“Our intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year,” White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters in a conference call Thursday.
US President Barack Obama has long said that use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces would constitute a “red line,” and Rhodes said Obama had decided to provide further support, including military support, for Syrian opposition forces as a result of its conclusion that government forces has used such arms.
Rhodes declined to clarify whether this support would entail providing arms to the Syrian opposition but said US aid to armed opposition on the ground would differ greatly “in scope and scale” from assistance Washington had previously provided to the rebels. The US goal, Rhodes said, is to “strengthen their effectiveness.”
The “deliberative review” from the US intelligence community indicates that that between 100 and 150 people have died in Syria as a result of government forces’ use of chemical weapons, Rhodes said, adding that Washington considers this estimate “incomplete.”
“While the lethality of these attacks make up only a small portion of the catastrophic loss of life in Syria, which now stands at more than 90,000 deaths, the use of chemical weapons violates international norms and crosses clear red lines that have existed within the international community for decades,” he said.
Rhodes said the White House had already made its assessment on the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons to Russia, which has fiercely opposed Western intervention in the conflict.
Both sides in the more than two-year civil war in Syria have accused each other of using chemical weapons in recent months.
Russia is widely regarded as an ally of Syria, and together with China has vetoed several Western-backed Security Council resolutions designed to pressure Assad to end the use of force in his country, where fighting has been ongoing between government forces and rebels since March 2011.
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- moistNo evidence of course and careful...09:42, 14/06/2013...not to mention the talks the US fascist regime has been holding for a week now, discussing whether to directly arm their Al-Qaeda death squads or not,how convenient.
Obviously, the Zionist abomination´s strike on Syria to help the fanatic head choppers did more harm to Zionist interest than good, opening up the occupied Golan for popular resistance and Hezbollah on several fronts, so it´s up to their western slave states to try to reverse SAA and the Syrian peoples successes against the cannibalistic bearded trolls,according to latest reports,to 90% of foreign origin.
The shadowy Mossad organisation "Al-Qaeda" who always calls on "jihad" directly after such a statement against any Zionist/western enemy targeted for regime change Du jour, has done just that and now we can expect the French and English parrots to start babbling and follow suit. Not that it is going to change anything on the ground and certainly not the steadfastness of the Syrians. The Zionist abomination is just hoping it can bleed Syria for another two years. Lets see what the real friends of Syria, Russia,China BRICS and the rest of the free world has to say about that...
- Panthera Parduslet remind another black clown showing..11:11, 14/06/2013.. proof of chemical weapons,
here the clown in action
wazza boy, by looking at his grin one can only feel safe and protected by the evil.. am I right? ah, do not be fooled by date of upload, the clown was speaking February 5th, 2003.
below is how a docile memember of the free western press later summarized the case in 2004 http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/10/06/iraq.wmd.report/
at the end a less politically correct summary of the lies
P.S. Let me underling the usage of "black" together with "clown", when Cheney or Bush Junior deliver their lines... they are white and in a politically correct environment insult to white politician are widely accepted.. now put the same line in the mouth of a black puppet (ok Cheney was more the puppeter than the puppet but you kwnow what I mean) .. instantly many of the traditional "left wing" opponents will tone down their message.. trained as Pavlov dogs they respect the poor black guy who made all the way up to the social ladder.. as chief puppet, that is, but this is another story
- Mikhail1228WMD in Iraq too!!16:44, 14/06/2013Yes, concerned. Just like the concern over Saddam's WMD. This turned out be lies!
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