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  • Libyan Army official tells Arab paper that militias captured chemical weapons

    02/22/2015 7:12:51 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 27 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-22-2015 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    Militias in Libya have captured chemical weapons from storage areas in southern and central parts of the country, the Arab media reported on Saturday. “Unfortunately [chemical weapons] exist in locations known to the militias, who have seized large amounts of them to use in their war against the [Libyan] army,” a Libyan military official told the London-based daily Asharq al-Awsat. The former regime of Muammar Gaddafi had held the chemical weapons and the official warned that Islamic State could obtain the chemicals, which include mustard gas and the nerve agent Sarin. “Before his death, Gaddafi left approximately one thousand cubic...
  • C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons

    02/15/2015 8:31:30 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 49 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com/ ^ | FEB. 15, 2015 | By C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT
    he Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials. The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006, and the American military deemed it a nonproliferation success. It led to the United States’ acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets...
  • INTELLIGENCE: Why Iraq WMD Finds Were Kept Secret

    06/24/2006 11:17:55 AM PDT · by Wiz · 113 replies · 3,704+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 2006 Jun 23 | Harold C. Hutchison
    June 23, 2006: The revelation that Coalition forces have discovered about 500 shells containing chemical weapons (mostly sarin nerve gas and mustard gas) since 2003, most of which are pre-1991 Gulf War vintage, leads to the question as to why the U.S. waited so long to reveal this. The U.S. government has taken a beating for supposed failures to find weapons of mass destruction in the press, and from political opponents. There have been some discoveries that have made the news, most notably an incident in May, 2004, when terrorists used a 155-millimeter shell loaded with sarin in an IED....
  • Spanish Intelligence Intercepts Plot to Weaponise Ebola

    10/30/2014 8:57:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | October 30, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Spanish intelligence has intercepted messages passed between jihadists online discussing the weaponisation of the deadly Ebola virus for use against the West, while a blackmailer in Prague has threatened to unleash the virus unless the Czech Republic pay him one million bitcoin, a volume of online currency worth over Ł200 million. The national secretary of state for security in giving evidence to the Spanish Senate revealed online jihad propagandists had issued an edict to followers to kill Westerners by any means possible. Some of the methods suggested included “deadly chemical products from laboratories”, “poisonous injections” and “Ebola as a poisonous...
  • Iraq uncovers al-Qaeda 'chemical weapons plot'

    06/01/2013 9:08:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Iraq uncovers al-Qaeda 'chemical weapons plot' The authorities in Iraq say they have uncovered an al-Qaeda plot to use chemical weapons, as well as to smuggle them to Europe and North America. Defence ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said five men had been arrested after military intelligence monitored their activities for three months. Three workshops for manufacturing the chemical agents, including sarin and mustard gas, were uncovered, he added. Remote-controlled toy planes were also seized at the workshops. Mr Askari said they were to have been used to release the chemical agents over the target from a "safe" distance of 1.5km...
  • Nuclear arms reportedly found in Iraq

    07/21/2004 5:52:33 AM PDT · by NY Catholic · 227 replies · 11,817+ views
    UP | july 21 2004 | UPI
    BAGHDAD, July 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday. The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads," the sources said. They pointed out that the missiles were actually discovered in...
  • 2003 Flashback: Soldiers examined for possible exposure to chemical agents (Sarin, Tabun, Lewsite)

    10/22/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Tom Lasseter
    SOUTH OF KARBALA, Iraq — Four soldiers from the 2nd brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, with red sores on their faces and hands, were sent by ambulance to a rear MASH unit Tuesday. They were told they would be examined for possible contact with nerve or blistering agents. Once at the 30th medical brigade's mobile hospital at the 101st's headquarters south of Karbala, the soldiers were isolated from other troops and photographed. A doctor at the MASH, Maj. David Wolken, interviewed each soldier and measured his pulse and heart rate in a tent with a dirt floor. One soldier...
  • ISIS Reportedly Captured Saddam’s Chemical Weapons Stockpiles, Attacks Key Refinery

    06/19/2014 4:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 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...
  • FAS (Fed Am Scientist) Report: Iraqi Precursor Chemicals Stored Separately for Weapon-side Mixing

    06/04/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by HatSteel · 69 replies · 1,549+ views
    FAS.org ^ | Federation of American Scientists
    FAS | Nuke | Guide | Iraq | CW |||| Index | Search | Join FAS Chemical Weapons Programs Iraq started research into the production of chemical weapons agents in the 1970s and started batch production of agents in the early 1980s. At that stage, production was heavily reliant on the import of precursor chemicals from foreign suppliers. In 1982, early in the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqis used riot control agents to repel Iranian attacks. They progressed to the use of CW agents in mid-1983 with mustard, and in March 1984 with tabun (the first use ever of a nerve...
  • 'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

    10/17/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT · by dware · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.17.2014 | Paul Alster
    The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragon’s Egg.
  • AP: ISIS Has Seized Thousands of Rockets with Chemical Warheads

    07/08/2014 8:29:35 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 96 replies
    The PJ Tatler via AP ^ | 7-8-2014 | Bryon Preston
    It’s a confirmation of reports in June that ISIS had taken control of a site where some of Saddam’s WMD arsenal remained. Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Tuesday that “terrorist” groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment...
  • Did Saddam Have WMDs After All: ISIS Overruns Iraq Chemical Weapons 'Mega-Facility'

    06/19/2014 6:02:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 92 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...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • Seymour Hersh Alleges Obama Administration Lied on Syria Gas Attack

    12/08/2013 4:52:03 PM PST · by DemforBush · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/8/13 | Adrian Lee
    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has dropped yet another bombshell allegation: President Obama wasn't honest with the American people when he blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a sarin-gas attack in that killed hundreds of civilians...
  • Claim of Syrian rebel use of chem weaponry

    09/19/2013 7:35:58 AM PDT · by varmintman
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    On youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc39Z84uLqI I don't know any more about this one than what you see, but it bears watching. The name attached is Vaclav Hrdina.
  • How Does Obama Measure Up: Putin and Obama Side by Side; I Reflect, You Decide.

    09/15/2013 12:55:36 PM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-15-2013 | MOTUS
    Vladimir Putin (5'7", allegedly), let’s review: His first term as President of Russia coincided with George W. Bush’s stolen American Presidency. I hate this American President, his stick is much bigger than mine From 2000-2008 Putin tried, more or less, to make nice with America and the West. Accordingly, he confined most of his inner-machismo to his big game hunts; and dealing with internal enemies. Ask Litvinenko: Is polonium a chemical weapon? Then, when GWB’s second term was over, he gave Dmitry Medvedev (5'4") In Russia, the difference between 5'7" and 5'4" is what they say it is. a “short”...
  • The Adults’ Debate on Syria: Just War Theory

    09/15/2013 12:32:23 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 13, 2013 | George Weigel
    Might moral theology, in the form of the venerable just-war tradition of moral reasoning, point a path beyond the fantastic mess that is American policy toward an imploding Syria — a fiasco created by the Obama administration’s dangerous combination of ideological besottedness, fecklessness, and mind-boggling incompetence? The question is not as odd as it may seem at first blush. For the better part of 1,500 years, the just-war tradition — initially developed by such sophisticated thinkers as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas — has provided a framework for collaborative deliberation about ordering various means (armed force and other instruments of political...
  • Obama’s moves on Syria mark defining moment - His shifts could set back agenda for second term

    09/15/2013 12:00:52 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Sept 15, 2013 | By Matt Viser and Noah Bierman
    WASHINGTON — President Obama, to his supporters, is a deliberative leader whose willingness to recalibrate his response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons potentially helped avert military strikes and further US involvement in a civil war half a world away. But to his critics, Obama is like a character in a Shakespearean comedy, where the hapless protagonist succeeds despite himself. It was, after all, only after Secretary of State John F. Kerry made an offhand comment last Monday morning in London — and Russian leaders seized on it — that renewed diplomatic discussions began. Now those discussions have led to...
  • Candy Crowley: ´Who Cares´ if Putin Gained from Syria Deal?

    09/15/2013 11:47:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/13 | Staff
    CNN´s "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers whether it makes any difference that Vladimir Putin and Russia got the upper hand over the U.S. in the deal struck on Syria´s chemical weapons.
  • Obama praises deal with Russia on Syria, but cautions that work remains

    09/15/2013 10:35:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 15, 2013
    President Barack Obama praised an agreement reached Saturday between the U.S. and Russia, saying it offers a chance to destroy Syria's huge stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat the weapons pose to the region and the world as well as the Syrian people. Obama said in a statement Saturday that the international community expects Syria to "live up to its public commitments" to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile. Warning that the U.S. "remains prepared to act" if Syria falls short, he also cautions that more work remains even after the progress the deal represents. ~~snip...
  • Obama says Iran shouldn’t misinterpret U.S. response to Syria

    09/15/2013 10:33:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/15/13 | Z Goldfarb
    [The Clown] declared that the United States is still prepared to act militarily to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons despite the decision to pursue a diplomatic deal and not strike Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons. He also acknowledged that his approach to the Syria crisis has been uneven, but defended it... Obama spoke in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” taped Friday before the United States and Russia agreed on a plan to bring Syrian chemical weapons under international control in order to avoid military strikes.
  • Syrian official declares 'victory,' thanks Russia

    09/15/2013 10:24:31 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 15, 2013
    (CNN) -- A Syrian minister declared "victory" for his country on Sunday, thanking Russia for orchestrating a chemical weapons deal to avert U.S. military action, Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. "We welcome these agreements. On the one hand, they will help Syrians come out of the crisis, and on the other hand, they prevented the war against Syria by having removed a pretext for those who wanted to unleash it," National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar was quoted as saying. He called the deal an achievement of Russian diplomacy, and "a victory for Syria won thanks to our Russian...
  • Top House Democrat and Republican agree Putin leading on Syria

    09/15/2013 10:15:06 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 15, 2013
    A top House Democrat and Republican differed Sunday about how the United States' effort to solve the Syria crisis swerved from a threat of military force to a possible diplomatic solution, but they agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is now leading the effort. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., argued that a potential diplomatic solution couldn’t have been possible without President Obama first saying the U.S. would take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that killed nearly 1,500 of his own people. “We wouldn’t be at this point if not for the...
  • CNN’s Crowley: ‘Do We Really Care that Russia Got the Diplomatic Edge?’

    09/15/2013 10:05:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 15, 2013 | Staff
    CNN’s State of the Union host Candy Crowley asked Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) if the U.S. really cared whether Russia had the diplomatic edge in the deal over Syrian chemical weapons, which provides a framework for the destruction or removal of them over the next year. Rogers explained the deal was a “Russian plan for Russian interests” before Crowley cut over him with her question Sunday. Rogers replied that it was serious because the U.S. had given away the credibility of its military force by allowing Russia to take the lead in the region. “The Syria plan has been...
  • Syrian minister calls chemical weapons deal a Russian-won 'victory' over U.S.

    09/15/2013 10:00:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 2 replies
    Syrian minister calls chemical weapons deal a Russian-won 'victory' over U.S. 10:09am EDT MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria's Minister for National Reconciliation said on Sunday that the chemical weapons agreement between Russia and the United States was a "victory" for Damascus, won by its Russian allies, and had taken away the pretext for war. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Saturday in Geneva on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to account for his chemical weapons within a week. The deal may avert U.S. military strikes. "This agreement, an achievement of Russian diplomats and the...
  • Syria: The Shocking Truth Incriminates the USA

    09/15/2013 10:58:33 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 51 replies
    Pravda ^ | September 12, 2013 | Columnists
    Firstly let us take a look at the "evidence" Obama and Kerry were peddling. For a start, John Kerry makes his mark under Peter's Principle as a failed Presidential candidate. As a diplomat and statesman, as US Secretary of State, he is either an incompetent jackass or else he is a barefaced, blatant liar, either case rendering him totally unfit for the job. One of the photos he was waving around as evidence to incriminate President Al-Assad was taken in Iraq in 2003.
  • Pakistan, India, Afghanistan likely to become SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Org.) members: Zaki

    09/03/2013 8:51:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Mongolia are expected to become full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at its next summit, said former Secretary General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Akram Zaki on Wednesday. Speaking at an international conference entitled “SCO’s Role in Regional Stability: Prospect of Its Expansion” organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute here, Akram Zaki said China and the Russian Federation had supported Pakistan, India and other countries’ membership of the SCO. The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization, which was founded in Shanghai in 2001 replacing the Shanghai Five that came into being...
  • Obama's Blink on Syria Could Bring Peril to Allies

    05/02/2013 4:46:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2013 | Michael Barone
    "We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked," Secretary of State Dean Rusk famously said during the Cuban missile crisis. Barack Obama has been doing a lot of blinking lately. On Syria especially. "There would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movements on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons," he said back in August 2012. Chemical weapons were a "red line." Presumably the president hoped that his statement would deter Bashar Assad's embattled regime from using chemical weapons. And presumably he hoped that his demand in 2011 for Assad to relinquish...
  • Obama Hails Syrian Pact, Calling It a Crucial Step

    09/15/2013 7:54:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 15, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama on Sunday hailed the agreement reached with Russia over the weekend to seize and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons as a “foundation” that could eventually lead to a political settlement of the civil war that has gripped that nation and killed tens of thousands of people over the last two years. Mr. Obama said the United States was in a “better position” to prevent President Bashar al-Assad of Syria from using poison gas again because of the deal hammered out by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister. “Look, we’re not there yet,”...
  • Report: Syria transported chemical weapons to Iraq

    09/15/2013 9:02:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 15, 2013 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Lebanese daily says 20 trucks crossed into Iraq last week, bearing equipment and material used for manufacturing chemical weapons. Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into neighboring Iraq, the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported on Sunday. The newspaper reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did not inspect the contents of the trucks, which raises suspicions that they contained illicit cargo, according to Al-Mustaqbal.
  • U.S. Officials: CIA Has Been Supplying Arms To Syrian Rebels For Weeks

    09/12/2013 5:20:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 121 replies
    TPM ^ | September 12, 2013 | KIMBERLY DOZIER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the rebels. The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly.
  • In Russia, politics and nationalist pride are the basis of Putin’s anti-American turn

    09/14/2013 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    MOSCOW — First, Vladimir Putin accused Hillary Rodham Clinton of inciting protests against him at the end of 2011. The next fall, the Russian president threw the U.S. Agency for International Development out of his country. Then he decided civic groups that get U.S. financing must be foreign agents. By the end of last year, Putin decided Americans had become unfit to adopt Russian children. This summer, he decided to harbor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency document leaker, despite strenuous U.S. objections. And ever since the Syrian conflict began, Putin has thwarted President Obama’s attempts to get the United...
  • Selling the message: How PR firm helped place controversial Putin op-ed

    09/14/2013 5:21:19 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | CBS News
    The column made its way into the newspaper with the help of leading American public relations firm Ketchum, which has offices across the globe and represents some of the world's most prominent brands, as well as the Russian Federation. The firm was responsible for getting Putin's editorial placed in the Times. According to Justice Department filings, Ketchum was paid $1.9 million by the Russian government during the first six months of this year. It got another $3.7 million for public relations work for Gazprom, the oil and gas company controlled by the Kremlin
  • The Syrian Chemical Weapons Deal Is Nothing More Than A Face-Saving Stalling Tactic

    09/14/2013 5:14:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com/syria-chemical-weapons-agreement-2013-9 | September 14, 2013 | Chris Murphy
    The U.S. and Russia have reached a deal to hand over Assad's chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community for their removal and destruction. This move allows the U.S. to save face, and it has at least temporarily postponed a U.S. military attack on Syria. But the Syria problem is obviously far from solved. In all likelihood, the complete removal and destruction of chemical weapons is a pipe dream.
  • Beheaded in front of children, Assad's thugs are dragged to their doom and butchered like animals

    09/14/2013 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 80 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 9/13/13 | Nick Enoch
    ...Warning; Graphic content A Syrian boy is held by the hand as he walks past the body of a beheaded Islamic militant loyal to Assad. An unnamed photojournalist was given rare access to the public execution in the town of Keferghen in the north of the country. @LeJournal/SIPA/Rex Features ... A group of young children sit on a wall as they stare at the dead body. The severed head of a militant is held aloft. The photographer witnessed four executions on August 31. @LeJournal/SIPA/Rex Features
  • Fidel Castro applauds Russian proposal on Syria

    09/14/2013 8:42:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has published an article applauding a Russian-backed proposal to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. … Castro also lauds Russia as a “brave country” that “stayed firm before the unusual pretension of the government of the United States, threatening to launch an overwhelming attack against the Syrian defenses.” …
  • Obama Falls Right Into Putin's Trap (Moscow Times)

    09/14/2013 6:46:54 AM PDT · by Innovative · 51 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Sept 12, 2013 | Michael Bohm
    President Vladimir Putin loves to set traps for U.S. President Barack Obama. The only thing Putin loves even more is when Obama falls smack into one. Trap No. 1. Putin set his latest trap Monday with a seemingly attractive proposal to have international monitors identify and destroy Syrian President Bashar Assad's vast stockpile of chemical weapons. If Obama falls for this one, he and international monitors will be jumping through hoops for years The only question is why was Obama also smiling when he met Putin in St. Petersburg. Regardless of which trap Obama falls into, the last smile and...
  • Tea party friction: Sen. Rand Paul lashes Ted Cruz approach to Russia and China

    09/14/2013 10:00:42 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 69 replies
    DallasNews.com ^ | 3:48 pm on September 10, 2013 | Todd J. Gillman
    <p>WASHINGTON — It was bound to happen eventually. Two tea party allies angling for president can’t agree on everything, and Tuesday, a gaping foreign policy schism came into focus as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul went out of his way to critique Sen. Ted Cruz’s approach to Syria.</p>
  • 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 warplanes strike Damascus: residents

    09/14/2013 7:03:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2013 | by Oliver Holmes
    Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held suburbs of the capital on Saturday and government forces clashed with insurgents on the frontlines, residents and opposition activists said. "The warplanes are very busy this morning," said a journalist working in central Damascus who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons. Activists said the strikes were focused on Berze, a northeastern part of central Damascus, where rebels have been on the offensive to push further into the city.
  • Elite Syrian Unit Scatters Chemical Arms Stockpile [Our Boy-President Taken For A Buffoon!]

    09/13/2013 4:04:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | September 13, 2013 | ADAM ENTOUS, JULIAN E. BARNES and NOUR MALAS
    September 12, 2013 Elite Syrian Unit Scatters Chemical Arms Stockpile Assad Regime Has Moved Weapons to as Many as 50 Sites By ADAM ENTOUS, JULIAN E. BARNES and NOUR MALAS A secretive Syrian military unit at the center of the Assad regime's chemical weapons program has been moving stocks of poison gases and munitions to as many as 50 sites to make them harder for the U.S. to track, according to American and Middle Eastern officials. The movements of chemical weapons by Syria's elite Unit 450 could complicate any U.S. bombing campaign in Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, officials...
  • Elite Syrian Unit Scatters Chemical Arms Stockpile

    09/13/2013 9:48:54 AM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/13/2013 | ADAM ENTOUS, JULIAN E. BARNES AND NOUR MALAS
    A secretive Syrian military unit at the center of the Assad regime's chemical weapons program has been moving stocks of poison gases and munitions to as many as 50 sites to make them harder for the U.S. to track, according to American and Middle Eastern officials. The movements of chemical weapons by Syria's elite Unit 450 could complicate any U.S. bombing campaign in Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, officials said. [....] The unit is in charge of mixing and deploying chemical munitions, and it provides security at chemical sites, according to U.S. and European intelligence agencies. It is composed...
  • President's brother key to Syria regime survival

    09/13/2013 3:04:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 9/13/13 | BARBARA SURK
    "He is known to be a merciless butcher," said Mohammed al-Tayeb, an opposition activist speaking by Skype from the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma, among the areas pounded by the 4th Division's assaults. Within President Bashar Assad's circle of trust, Maher Assad has advocated an uncompromising response throughout the uprising. "From the beginning, Maher was convinced that the uprising must be put down before any talks take place," said Fawaz A. Gerges, director of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics. "The life of the regime depends on Maher's ability to prevent the rebels from infiltrating Damascus...
  • U.S. MILITARY CONFIRMS REBELS HAD SARIN

    09/12/2013 6:55:38 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 15 replies
    Patriots Billboard ^ | 9-11-13 | F. Michael Maloof
    As part of the Obama administration’s repeated insistence – though without offering proof – that the recent sarin gas attack near Damascus was the work of the Assad regime, the administration has downplayed or denied the possibility that al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels could produce deadly chemical weapons. However, in a classified document just obtained by WND, the U.S. military confirms that sarin was confiscated earlier this year from members of the Jabhat al-Nusra Front, the most influential of the rebel Islamists fighting in Syria. The document says sarin from al-Qaida in Iraq made its way into Turkey and that while some...
  • House Intel Chair Volunteers Arab League to Help Secure Chemical Weapons

    09/12/2013 5:51:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/12/2013
    Despite calling the available options to secure Syria's chemical weapons "pretty awful," House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said it was possible to transfer the country's massive stockpiles to international control—especially with Arab League troops on the ground."I do think you can get a good percentage of them, because the Assad regime is also worried these things could fall in the wrong hands and could be used against the regime," Rogers told the Intelligence and National Security Alliance summit on Thursday.President Obama this week asked a wary Congress to postpone a vote authorizing force to punish Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad for...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘We Need A Hundred More Like Jesse Helms’ In Senate

    09/12/2013 9:21:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    Mediate.com ^ | 9:28 pm, September 11th, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    Senator Ted Cruz spoke at an event for the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, and amidst what was a strong foreign policy speech, Cruz got a little personal and talked about the late Republican Senator Jesse Helms, the first politician Cruz ever gave money to. Cruz touted all the “crazy things” Helms said, not as a negative, but as a positive, declaring that the Senate could use “a hundred more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.”Cruz recalled how he sent ten dollars to Helms when he was a kid, joking that he “may have been Jesse Helms’ single largest donor...
  • Ted Cruz: I’m ‘somewhere in between’ McCain and Paul on foreign policy

    09/12/2013 10:00:55 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 11 at 6:13 pm | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Wednesday he considers his views on foreign policy to be “somewhere in between” the poles of libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and hawkish GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.). “I agree with Rand Paul that we should not intervene militarily in Syria, because it’s not in defense of our U.S. national security interests,” said Cruz during a question-and-answer session following a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. But, Cruz added, he also agrees “with John McCain that if Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons that we...
  • 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.
  • “This is not a game”: Kerry rejects Assad’s timeline for WMD compliance at meeting with...

    09/12/2013 4:25:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/12/2013
    But … it is a game. That’s the whole point. If the White House takes this disarmament charade seriously at the UN with demands that Assad turn over his arsenal expeditiously and verifiably, it’s going to put Obama right back in the war box the way Ryan Lizza described this morning. Russia’s proposal is attractive to him because it’s a charade, because it can be slow-walked and fudged at the UN while Congress and the American public gradually forget about Syria. To turn this from kabuki into a semi-serious process defeats the purpose.Granted, Kerry has no choice but to talk...
  • Putin a Hypocrite with Blood on His Hands

    09/12/2013 12:40:32 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/12/13 | Frida Ghitis
    There he goes again -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, portraying himself as the world's champion of peace and democracy. And, of course, doing it at America's expense. This time, Putin's PR machine managed to get him an op-ed in The New York Times, just in time for the start of talks in Geneva, Switzerland, over a plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. The column is so filled with hypocrisy, inaccuracies and even veiled threats that it's hard to know where to begin. Putin chastises the United States, which has stumbled badly in Syria, for considering an attack because a...