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  • Russia demands investigation into claims chemical weapons were used in Ukraine amid frantic efforts

    06/30/2014 12:00:44 PM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 30 June 2014
    <p>Russia is demanding an investigation into the alleged use of ‘chemical weapons’ against separatists in the east of Ukraine as the two countries agreed to extend their ceasefire.</p> <p>Pro-separatist rebels have claimed that people showing symptoms of chlorine poisoning had been admitted to hospital following an alleged attack carried out by Ukrainian Special Forces near Slavyansk.</p>
  • Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons

    06/25/2014 7:07:40 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 25, 2014 12:52 PM | Sam LaGrone
    Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 25, 2014 12:48 PM Updated: June 25, 2014 12:52 PM The U.S. ship that was quickly put into service to neutralize Syrian chemical weapons has departed Rota, Spain to take on the arms at an Italian port, Pentagon officials announced on Wednesday. MV Cape Ray (T-AKR-9679) will take on the chemical weapons at Gioia Tauro and neutralize the weapons taken from the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as part of a deal — negotiated by the United Nations — that prevented U.S. retaliatory strikes...
  • SYRIA HANDS OVER LAST OF DECLARED CHEMICAL WEAPONS

    06/23/2014 6:02:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 6-23-2014
    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The organization charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program says the last of the country's acknowledged stockpile has been handed over. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons director general Ahmet Uzumcu said Monday the final eight percent of the 1,300-ton stockpile has been loaded onto ships in the Syrian port of Latakia.
  • ISIS Reportedly Captured Saddam’s Chemical Weapons Stockpiles, Attacks Key Refinery

    06/19/2014 4:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Well, here’s some lovely news emerging from the new Iraq. 17.09 Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Here is the CIA’s file on the complex. QuoteStockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These areas of the compound pose a hazard to civilians and potential blackmarketers. Numerous bunkers, including eleven cruciform shaped bunkers were exploited. Some of the...
  • Did Saddam Have WMDs After All: ISIS Overruns Iraq Chemical Weapons 'Mega-Facility'

    06/19/2014 6:02:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 91 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/19/14 | Tyler Durden
    With all eyes firmly focused on what really matters (the oil refineries), The Telegraph reports that ISIS has over-run a Saddam Hussein-era chemical weapons (CW) complex. The al-Muhanna 'mega-facility', about 60 miles south of Baghdad, gives the jihadists access to disused stores of hundreds of tonnes of potentially deadly poisons including mustard gas and sarin. The US state department is 'concerned' but "do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value." However, as a former commander of Britain's chemical weapons regiment warned, "we have seen that ISIS has used chemicals in explosions in Iraq before and has...
  • Sunni Extremists in Iraq Occupy Saddam Hussein's Chemical Weapons Facility

    06/19/2014 1:00:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/19/2014 | By JULIAN E. BARNES
    Sunni extremists in Iraq have occupied what was once Saddam Hussein's premier chemical-weapons production facility, a complex that still contains a stockpile of old weapons, State Department and other U.S. government officials said. U.S. officials don't believe the Sunni militants will be able to create a functional chemical weapon from the material. The weapons stockpiled at the Al Muthanna complex are old, contaminated and hard to move, officials said. Nonetheless, the capture of the chemical-weapon stockpile by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, known as ISIS or ISIL, the militant group that is seizing territory in...
  • Sunni Extremists in Iraq Occupy Saddam's Chemical Weapons Facility

    06/19/2014 8:36:40 AM PDT · by don-o · 42 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 19, 2014 | Julian E. Barnes
    Washington—Sunni extremists in Iraq have occupied what was once Saddam Hussein's premier chemical-weapons production facility, a complex that still contains a stockpile of old weapons, State Department and other U.S. government officials said. U.S. officials don't believe the Sunni militants will be able to create a functional chemical weapon from the material. The weapons stockpiled at the Al Muthanna complex are old, contaminated...
  • Iraq crisis: Isis jihadists 'seize Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons stockpile' - live

    06/19/2014 9:00:07 AM PDT · by don-o · 123 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 19, 2014 | Elahe Izadi
    16.52 The remaining chemical weapons from Saddam Hussein's regime are stored in two sealed bunkers, both located at the Al Muthanna Chemicals Weapons Complex, a large site in the western desert some 80km north west of Baghdad. This was the principal manufacturing plant for both chemical agents and munitions during Saddam Hussein’s rule. Thousands of tonnes of chemical weapons were produced, stored and deployed by the Saddam Hussein regime. Iraq used these weapons during the Iran - Iraq War (1980 to 1988) and against the Kurds in Halabja in 1988.
  • Intel: Iran Sending Chlorine Bombs to Syria

    05/13/2014 11:33:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/13/14 | Adam Kredo
    Reports that Iran is sending chlorine bombs to Syria have prompted lawmakers to criticize the Obama administration for ignoring Iran’s non-nuclear efforts to foster terrorism and discord across the Middle East. Western intelligence officials suspect that Iran has been sending Chinese-made chlorine gas to Syria in a bid to bolster President Bashar al-Assad’s war against opposition forces. Iran reportedly has some 10,000 canisters of the deadly gas and has been shipping them by plane to Syria, according to the Telegraph. Human rights groups and Syrian opposition leaders have said there is “strong evidence” that Assad has already used the chlorine...
  • Western Intelligence Suspects Assad Has a Secret Chemical Stockpile

    05/06/2014 11:33:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5/1/2014 | Noah Schatman and Christopher Dickey
    Concerns are growing among Western intelligence services that Syria still has a significant and undeclared arsenal of chemical weapons, including crude chlorine-filled bombs, secret stockpiles of sophisticated nerve gasses or their components—and the scientific know-how to rebuild a larger-scale, higher-grade chemical weapons effort once the Bashar al-Assad regime has escaped the international spotlight. “A ghost of CW [chemical weapons] program in a place riven with conflict—that’s a real concern,” one American intelligence official tells The Daily Beast. But it’s not the only worry. Within the U.S. intelligence community, there’s also lingering unease about the Assad regime’s biological weapons program that...
  • New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors

    04/21/2014 7:48:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 17 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 21, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syria’s chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days. On April 7, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon offered chapter and verse to prove that the Syrian army had perpetrated a chemical attack on civilians in he town of Harasta on March 27, causing scores of serious injuries and...
  • CROSSING THE LINE? French Believe Assad Still Using Chemical Weapons.

    04/21/2014 5:39:36 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    French leaders announced that there are significant reasons to believe that Syrian forces continue to use chemical weapons on their own citizenry in its effort to crack down on opposition targets. Appearing on the Europe 1 radio show this weekend, French President Francois Hollande indicated his government had "a few elements of information" that government forces in Syria are behind recent chlorine gas attacks in at least three towns, although he stressed that at the moment concrete proof was still lacking. While French intelligence officials work to substantiate the claim, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabuis told the radio station that...
  • Syria: US, Turkey, Israel behind chemical weapons attacks

    04/15/2014 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 04.16.14, 01:06
    The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the United States, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the rebels fighting to overthrow it, of being responsible for chemical weapons attacks in the country, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. In letters to the UN Security Council as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Assad regime cited “reports, studies and documented researches” that allegedly implicate the US and Turkish administrations, as well as several other countries, “whether directly or indirectly in these appalling carnage in Syria, including Khad al-Assal on March 15, 2013.” …
  • Syria misses chemical weapons handover deadline

    02/05/2014 6:59:40 PM PST · by gooblah · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Anthony Duestch
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Syria on Wednesday missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.
  • White House to 'Make Sure' Syria Gives Up Chemical Arms - Washington Wire - WSJ

    02/02/2014 10:38:01 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 14 replies
    BLOGS.WSJ.COM ^ | 10:21 am Feb 2, 2014 | Adam Entous
    The White House said Sunday it would 'make sure' the Syrian regime complies with an accord to give up its chemical arsenal, insisting the deal can still be salvaged despite implementation delays and missed deadlines. Article Link: White House to ‘Make Sure’ Syria Gives Up Chemical Arms - Washington Wire - WSJ (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/02/02/white-house-to-make-sure-syria-gives-up-chemical-arms/?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories)Posted with Article Posting Assistant: (http://code-happy.bahits.com/?p=62)
  • Germany to help destroy Syrian chemicals

    01/09/2014 4:18:35 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | Thursday, January 9, 6:27 AM | AP
    BERLIN — Germany says it will help destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemicals as part of international efforts to rid the country of the raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents. ... The first batch of toxic chemicals was loaded onto a Danish cargo ship in the Syrian port of Latakia and shipped Tuesday toward international waters.
  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide • Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Chemical Weapons: Western Alliance and Israel continue to Support Al Qaeda Affiliated Rebels

    10/11/2013 4:09:14 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/11/2013 | Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
    Amply documented the Al Nusrah rebels are in possession of chemical weapons. In an unusual twist, An August 9, 2013 UPI report intimates that the Al Qaeda affiliated Al Nusrah rebels rather than the Syrian government constitute a threat to the security of Israel, an absurd proposition. And that Israel, so to speak, fears that chemical weapons might “fall in the wrong hands”. Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have broken through rebel forces encircling the northern city of Aleppo to secure a major chemical weapons base that, if they can hold it, will be a big help to...
  • Iran reportedly producing deadly sarin gas

    09/23/2013 12:01:07 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/23/2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran is producing chemical weapons, including sarin gas, out of a facility in Fars Province. Sarin gas, banned under international protocol, is the gas Syria’s Assad regime used to kill more than 1,400 civilians on Aug. 21. A Revolutionary Guards base, Shahid Dastgheyb, is producing five deadly gases, under the project name of “Baasat,” as part of the Islamic regime’s chemical weapons program, according to intelligence received from a member of the Guards serving in the province. The source is not named due to security reasons. The chemical plant is outside the central city of Shiraz and close to the...
  • Chemical weapon propulsion unit on Syrian missile 'made in Siberia', says Russian expert

    09/22/2013 5:48:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster
    Siberian Times ^ | 18 September 2013
    Chemical weapon propulsion unit on Syrian missile 'made in Siberia', says Russian expert By The Siberian Times reporter 18 September 2013 Evidence suggests this 'ancient junk' not fired by Assad regime but by rebels, it is claimed A leading Russian expert has acknowledged that the propulsion unit on one of the rockets responsible for the deadly Syrian chemical attack indicates it was manufactured at a secret Soviet plant in Siberia. However, the remnants of the 'antique' weapons provide new evidence the 'sarin' blast was the work of rebels and not the Damascus regime. President Assad's military machine would not have...
  • Syria Hands Over Chemical Weapons Details to Watchdog

    09/20/2013 1:27:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    SKY NEWS ^ | 09/20/2013
    The chemical weapons watchdog has been handed "initial disclosure" of Syria's arsenal of poison gas and nerve agents. The Assad regime has given details of its toxic weapons programme to the world's chemical weapons watchdog. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the body tasked with dismantling Syria's stockpile of nerve agents, said that Syria had given an "initial declaration" outlining its programme. It will not release the details of the declaration and is now seeking to verify what has been outlined. OPCW is looking at ways to fast-track moves to secure and destroy Syria's arsenal of poison...
  • Germany defends chemical sales to Syria

    09/19/2013 6:04:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Sep 2013 08:55 CET | (The Local/tsb)
    Germany sold tonnes of chemicals to Syria which were capable of being put to military use. … The chemicals sold have a dual use—they can be used for both military and non-military purposes. They include hydrogen fluoride, ammonium hydrogen fluoride and sodium cyanide. The export of the chemicals is restricted but not illegal, the Süddeutsche newspaper reported, as they are used in industry. … Germany’s government said Syria told them the chemicals would be used for industrial purposes. The government added it had established that the chemicals would not be put to military use before they were exported. …
  • Israel under pressure to give up chemical, nuclear weapons

    09/18/2013 7:05:53 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 40 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/18/2013 | Linda Gradstein
    The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria's huge chemical weapons stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief. Many expected that a U.S. strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah tio retaliate by attacking Israel. Over the past few weeks, thousands of Israelis, not known for their patience, spent hours waiting in line for government-issued gas masks. Yet the deal also increases pressure on Israel to get rid of its chemical and, even more troubling to the Jewish state, its nuclear stockpile. If Syria must get rid of its chemical weapons, the reasoning goes,...
  • Obama's Bait-and-Switch on Syria

    09/18/2013 4:05:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Chemical weapons are evil, but you could also say they're a curse. They have a talismanic power to bend and distort U.S. foreign policy. You can ask George W. Bush or Barack Obama. In 2003, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz gave a lengthy interview to Vanity Fair that caused a huge uproar, largely because the magazine shamefully distorted what he was trying to say. Wolfowitz explained that within the Bush administration there were a lot of arguments for why we should invade Iraq. Some had to do with the fact that Saddam Hussein was a state supporter of terrorism. Some...
  • Syria deal shines light on suspected Israeli chemical weapons program

    09/17/2013 9:01:14 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/2013 | Staff
    The U.S-Russia plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile and could raise pressure on the Jewish state to come clean about its capabilities. Israel signed the landmark international treaty banning the production or use of chemical weapons two decades ago, but it is among a handful if nations that have never ratified the deal. ...
  • Abortion Support Undermines Obama's Moral Leadership

    09/16/2013 1:26:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2013 | Star Parker
    Whether we are talking about respect for a nation or for an individual, nothing undermines respect more than duplicity -- saying one thing and acting differently. I think it is a big reason why President Barack Obama's Tuesday speech to the nation, in which he attempted to explain why he has proposed military action in Syria, fell so flat. The president cast his rationale for taking action in moral terms; he said a targeted strike against Syria would warn against the future use of poison gas, which killed 1,429 people in an Aug. 21 attack. But the very dubious moral...
  • Canada’s FM: Syria should not be given time

    09/14/2013 8:51:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 6:52 AM EDT
    Canada’s foreign minister John Baird is calling Syria’s offer to begin providing information on its chemical arsenal 30 days after it signs an international convention banning such weapons “ridiculous and absurd.” Baird said Syrian President Bashar Assad could not be given extra time. Baird said: “This is a man who up until a week ago denied that they had any such weapons.” …
  • Syrian Rebels Try to Con the West Out of Diplomacy

    09/14/2013 5:55:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2013 | Nightwatch.com
    Russia-North Korea:Russian officials said they interpret the white vapor plume at Yongbyon to signify testing of the electric power generation system, not a sign the reactor is nearing operational status. Their main point is that the reactor is in such a state of disrepair that it cannot be started safely. Comment:The Russian argument is a good reason to not try to restart the reactor, but it does not mean the North Koreans won't try just the same. Russia-Iran:Update.The Office of the Russian President said the report in yesterday'sKommersantwas untrue. At this time President Putin is not planning to offer the...
  • This Is What "Flexibility" Looks Like

    09/13/2013 3:44:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | Mona Charen
    In March 2012, President Obama whispered to placeholder Russian president Dmitri Medvedev that he needed "space" on matters like missile defense until 2013. "After my election, I'll have more flexibility," the president blurted into an unsuspected open microphone. "I will convey this information to Vladimir," Medvedev promised, managing not to smirk outwardly. Medvedev did not need to deliver the message. Obama has telegraphed his weakness in a thousand ways, starting with the "reset" that was premised on the idea that relations between Russia and the U.S. were frayed because we had been without the transformative leadership of Barack Hussein Obama....
  • Syria chemical weapons sites being dispersed to avoid detection, report says

    09/13/2013 9:01:34 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    JPost ^ | 9/13/2013 | Unattributed
    An elite Syrian unit that runs the government's chemical arms program has been scattering the weapons to dozens of sites across the country, potentially complicating US plans for air strikes, the Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper, citing unnamed US officials and lawmakers briefed on the intelligence, said on its website on Thursday that a secretive military group known as Unit 450 had been moving the stocks around for months to help avoid detection of the weapons. US and Israeli intelligence agencies and Middle Eastern officials still believe they know the location of most of the government's chemical weapons supply,...
  • Assad: We’ll start handing over our chemical weapons when the U.S. stops arming Syria’s rebels

    09/12/2013 3:58:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 12, 2013 | Allahpundit
    I … don’t remember this being part of the offer. Obama had better run it past Putin right away to see how he wants the U.S. to respond. Syria will fulfil an initiative to hand over its chemical weapons only when the United States stops threatening to strike Syria, RIA news agency quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying in a television interview… “When we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack, and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists, then we will believe that the necessary processes can be finalized,” he was...
  • White House: Putin 'Owns' World's Syria Strategy

    09/12/2013 9:39:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/12/2013 | John Nolte
    Apparently, once again with respect to Syria, the White House was caught off guard by events they are frantically reacting to instead of shaping. Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper, a White House official publicly responded to Russian President Vladmir Putin's New York Times op-ed with the admission that Putin "now owns" and has "fully asserted ownership" of America's current foreign policy focal point; pushing Syria to surrender its chemical weapons: “That’s all irrelevant,” the White House official said in response [to Putin's op-ed]. “He put this proposal forward and he’s now invested in it. That’s good. That’s the best possible...
  • Assad forces said to use poison gas in new Damascus attack

    09/12/2013 4:29:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Seo\ptember 12, 2013 | Asher Zeiger
    Syrian rebels claim that the army of President Bashar Assad again used poison gas in an attack on rebel forces in the Damascus area Thursday, an Israel Radio report said. The report was based on rebel sources, who said the attack took place in the Jobar neighborhood of the capital. The rebel sources said they could not tell what kind of chemical weaponry had been used, but that it was a poison gas of some kind, and was causing injuries, including breathing difficulties.
  • There's Almost No Chance Russia's Plan for Syria's Chemical Weapons Will Work

    09/11/2013 7:35:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 09/11/2013 | Yochi Dreazen
    Russia's proposal for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place his chemical weapons under international supervision and then destroy them is quickly gaining steam. Assad's government accepted the plan this morning. A few hours later, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande announced that they'd seriously explore the proposal. It already has the backing of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a growing number of influential lawmakers from both parties. There's just one problem: the plan would be nearly impossible to actually carry out. Experts in chemical weapons disposal point to a host of challenges....
  • U.S. to Work Through U.N. on Syria Arms Proposal (Putin bait and switch: Israel WMD on table)

    09/10/2013 3:33:17 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 10, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR, MICHAEL R. GORDON and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    “Undoubtedly, all of this makes sense and can function, can work, only if we hear that the American side and those who support the United States in this sense rule out the use of force,” Mr. Putin said in televised remarks on Tuesday night, “because it is difficult to make any country — Syria or any other country, any other government in the world — unilaterally disarm if the use of force is being prepared against it.” He noted that Syria had “a certain arsenal of chemical weapons,” and that “the Syrians have always regarded it as an alternative to...
  • UN Security Council cancels meeting to discuss resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons

    09/10/2013 2:28:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/10/2013
    The U.N. Security Council has canceled a meeting on a resolution aimed at securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. The closed consultations had been scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) Tuesday. Australian Ambassador Gary Guinlan says in a Twitter message that the meeting was canceled “following withdrawal of the request for consultations.” Council diplomats said Russia asked for the meeting and then withdrew its request. There were no other details.
  • Assad’s Suspected Biological Weapons More Lethal Than His Chemical Arsenal

    09/10/2013 2:22:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 10, 2013 - 4:23 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The debate surrounding a chemical attack in Syria last month shifted Monday to a proposal for the Assad regime to surrender its chemical weapons arsenal to avoid a U.S. military strike—but little has been said about its alleged possession of even-deadlier biological weapons. Syria has been suspected for decades of having an undeclared biological warfare (BW) program, although whether this includes actual stockpiles of munitions is unclear. Syria signed the 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), but has never ratified it. …
  • Syria 'chemical weapons' crisis: LIVE UPDATES

    09/10/2013 12:24:47 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 9 replies
    International pressure has been building for a military strike on Syria in the wake of an alleged chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb. The West has laid the blame at the feet of President Assad, as UN experts collected chemical samples on-site. Tuesday, September 10 19:14 GMT: The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Secretary of State John Kerry and Minister Sergey Lavrov have agreed on a possible bilateral meeting soon to discuss initiative on Syria’s chemical weapons. “The two have agreed to work together, including the possibility of holding a bilateral meeting in the coming days to discuss concrete...
  • Syria ready to ‘unveil,’ not surrender its chemical weapons

    09/10/2013 12:22:13 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 9/10/2013 | Unattributed
    Syria said on Tuesday it is ready to unveil and cease the production of chemical weapons, as Western powers prepared to discuss a Russian plan for the country to surrender its chemical arms. “We are ready to state where the chemical weapons are, to halt production of chemical weapons and show these installations to representatives of Russia, other countries and the U.N.,” Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in a statement sent to Russia's Interfax news agency. Muallem made the announcement a day after he had welcomed in Moscow the Russian proposal for placing chemical weapons under international control.
  • Rights Watchdog Says It Has Proof Syrian Forces Carried Out Chemical Attack

    09/10/2013 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TIME ^ | 09/10/2013 | David Stout
    After collecting eyewitness testimonies and analyzing the likely weapons systems that were used to facilitate a chemical-weapons attack that targeted rebel-controlled suburbs in Damascus last month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday it believes it has enough evidence to prove that the Syrian government was responsible for the atrocity. HRW’s extensive investigation, which relied on expert analysis from chemical-weapons and arms specialists along with witnesses’ accounts, concluded that the surface-to-surface rocket systems used to carry out the attack, along with the large quantity of nerve agent that was deployed during the assault on Aug. 21, match up with equipment that...
  • Exclusive: Does Israel Have Chemical Weapons Too?

    09/10/2013 9:07:57 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 35 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 9, 2013 | MATTHEW M. AID
    The estimate shows that in 1983 the CIA had hard evidence that Israel possessed a chemical weapons stockpile of indeterminate size, including...almost certainly sarin. ...the CIA assessment suggests that the Israelis accelerated their research and development work on chemical weapons following the end of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. According to the report, U.S. intelligence detected "possible tests" of Israeli chemical weapons in January 1976, which, again, almost certainly took place somewhere in the Negev Desert. A former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer whom I interviewed recalled that at about this time, the National Security Agency captured communications showing that...
  • Syria says yes to Russia-inspired chemical weapon deal

    09/10/2013 5:24:07 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 46 replies
    Syria on Tuesday said the government would take the deal proposed by Russia to turn over its chemical weapons cache to international control, the nation’s foreign minister said. “[Monday] we held a round of very fruitful negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Serge[y] Lavrov and he put forward an initiative regarding chemical weapons. Already in the evening we accepted Russia’s initiative,” said Walid Muallem, the foreign minister, in a statement reported by Russian news and picked up by USA Today
  • Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control

    09/10/2013 4:24:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 81 replies
    Interfax ^ | September 10, 2013
    (Headline only) Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control - Interfax
  • Putin Makes a Grand Offer to Help Obama? Has Anyone Figured This Out?

    09/10/2013 3:06:04 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 165 replies
    9/10/2013 | Nikos1121
    I’ve been thinking about this all night...It doesn’t make sense to me. Does anyone else feel the same way I do? Putin is very very quick, almost too quick, to offer the INternational control of weapons IMMEDIATELY after Kerry’s faux Paux. Why? I don't think in the least that he fears Obama, or even respects the man as his equal. So why would he make an offer that on the surface will ultimately make Obama look good esp in the eyes of the media, and make him looks like he caved to Obama's threats? Anyone over the age of 40...
  • Syria Can Shoot Back, Mr. President

    09/09/2013 4:59:40 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 9, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Syria: As a Chinese warship joins Russian ships in the Mediterranean, we should remember a cruise missile attack on an Israeli warship. President Obama should understand that Syria and Hezbollah have missiles, too. As the Obama administration continues to deploy its comical weapons, with Secretary of State John Kerry promising America any attack on Syria will be "unbelievably small," a Chinese warship deploys off the Syrian coast, joining its Russian counterparts in what used to be an "American lake," the Mediterranean Sea. The People's Liberation Army has dispatched the amphibious dock landing ship Jinggangshan, a move that follows the announcement...
  • EXCLUSIVE--RAND PAUL: RUSSIA'S PLAN TO SECURE SYRIA'S CHEMICAL WEAPONS 'GREAT STEP FORWARD'

    09/09/2013 2:40:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/09/2013 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) exclusively told Breitbart News on Monday that he believes the plan from Russian to secure Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s chemical weapons—a plan Assad reportedly has agreed to—would be “a great step forward” if it actually happened. “I think it would be a great step forward if Assad were willing to do it and if Russia were willing to monitor it or an international authority with Russia,” Paul, an outspoken opponent of U.S. military strikes in Syria, said in a phone interview with Breitbart News on Monday. “I think part of diplomacy and getting things to work...
  • Syria Backs Russian Proposal For Regime to Hand Over Chemical Weapons

    09/09/2013 1:55:10 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 9, 2013 | Patrick J McDonnell
    The Syrian government said Monday that it backed a Russian proposal calling for Damascus to hand over its arsenal of chemical weapons to international authorities in a bid to avoid a U.S. attack. “We, for the sake of protecting our people and children and country and due to our trust in the Russian efforts, will cooperate fully with Russia in this regard so as to take away the excuses of this aggression,” Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said in a statement. Russia has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad. There was no immediate U.S. response to the...
  • John Kerry May Have Accidentally Found A Diplomatic Solution In Syria

    09/09/2013 1:44:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/09/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    <p>White House and State Department officials said they are open to Russia's proposal to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control and then destroy them, even though they are skeptical about the Syrians' sincerity.</p> <p>"We'd have to take a hard look. Any transfer of chemical weapons to international control would be a positive development," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told MSNBC on Monday. He quickly added, though, that the White House was "skeptical" of the seriousness of the offer.</p>
  • How Did Syria Get Chemical Weapons? Did They Come From Our Old Friend Saddam? (

    09/09/2013 12:46:33 PM PDT · by French_for_Bush · 20 replies
    PolicyMic
    Was the Bush administration right all along? Could these indeed be the very same WMDs that intelligence agencies from around the world claimed were in Hussein’s possession which he then transferred over to Syria? The earliest account of Hussein having hidden his WMDs in Syria came in January of 2004. Nizar Nayouf, an award-winning Syrian journalist who was granted political asylum in France, said in a letter to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf not only that he knew Iraq’s WMDs were being hidden inside Syria, but that he could pinpoint precisely where they were being kept. According to Nayouf’s witness, described...
  • Syria positive about giving up chemical weapons

    09/09/2013 8:01:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    AP ^ | 09/09/2013 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) — In a surprise move, Russia promised Monday to push its ally Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and then dismantle them quickly to avert U.S. strikes. The announcement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces by surrendering control of "every single bit" of his arsenal to the international community by the end of the week.