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Sunni Islamist Syrian "Rebels" Caught and Arrested With Sarin Gas in May in Turkey

World  (tags: Syrian Sunni rebels, sarin gas, poison gas )

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Even this past May the "rebels" already had access to chemical weapons, and that they had been using Sarin agents before. The UN has also said that the rebels (Al Qaeda affliliates, Al Nussra) has used the weapons in Syria more recently, not Assad.

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David D (18)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 3:54 pm
Yep. Coincidentally i looked up similar, to-day, to confirm my memory; e.g. BBC news: UN's Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels 'used sarin'
... but all of it was --surpprise! surpprise! -- emphatically denied by da U.S.A.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 5:03 pm

ANKARA | Thu May 30, 2013 4:09pm EDT

(Reuters) - Turkish authorities have arrested 12 people on suspicion of being members of a terrorist organization in raids across the country, a provincial governor said on Thursday.

The police raids were carried out in Turkey's largest city Istanbul as well as in the southern provinces of Mersin, Adana and Hatay near the Syrian border, said Adana governor Huseyin Avni Cos.

Cos said unknown chemical materials were found during the raids and sent away for investigation. He denied media reports that a small amount of the nerve agent sarin had been uncovered.

Six of those arrested were later released, Cos said, while the other six were being kept for further questioning. He did not say which organization had been targeted in the raids.

Earlier, several Turkish newspapers had reported that 12 people from Syria's al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front who allegedly had been planning an attack inside Turkey and were in possession of 2 kg (4.5 pounds) of sarin, had been detained in Adana.

The raids highlight the growing concern that Syria's civil war is dragging in neighboring states.

In the worst example of the spillover into Turkey, 52 people were killed when twin car bombs ripped through the border town of Reyhanli on May 11. Turkey has accused Syria of involvement in the attacks, but Damascus has denied any role.

Nusra is one of the most effective forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad and last month pledged allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri. The U.S. State Department designated Nusra as a terrorist organization in December.

Experts have long said Nusra is receiving support from al Qaeda-linked militants in neighboring Iraq. The group claimed responsibility for deadly bombings in Damascus and Aleppo, and its fighters have joined other Syrian rebel brigades.

Assad's forces and opposing rebels have accused each other of using chemical weapons, and both have denied it.

The United States has said it would view any use of chemical weapons in Syria as a "red line", hinting that it could lead to some form of intervention, but wants proof before taking any action.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 5:10 pm

Exactly. Why does this administration want so badly for the gassers to be Assad's forces, when most indications are that the Sunnis are responsible. What does this administration want to drag us into a war for?

Is it so that Iran will take aim at targets in Israel and the U.S.? Will this bring in the "Last Days" of Islamic prophesy?

Very, incomprehensibly irresponsible. We are in deep, deep stuff.

bob m (32)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 12:07 pm

speakin of "passin gas".. indeed it could bring in ... THE last days ....of islam!.
whose on first; where gas is concerned ... America apparently is tops in stockpiles.. they don't by any means pass the mustard.

Louise D (44)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 1:10 pm
This is not a surprise that both sides may have nerve gas now it is obvious that Assad is bad enough to use Nerve gas but is he mad enough. If the West goes in predictably it will result in the killing of many innocent people and it will be exploited by both sides. The whole situation is a can of worms and it looks like it would work pretty well for both sides.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 1:11 pm
I think everyone is using this to get rid of Assads regime

Gillian M (218)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 1:11 pm
Gosh Beth, why am I so surprised that it is the rebels using chemical bombs and not Assad? I would not be surprised to find that it was from the CIA as Obama is so desperate to come in and support his Muslim Brotherhood buddies. Yes, no rebels any more but the MB desperate to take over another Muslim controlled country in the Middle East.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:06 pm
Won't be surprised if its the rebels who used chemical bombs, hope the west stays out of Syria.

bob m (32)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:30 pm

Naw; people who boastfully post pics and vids of their brothers decapitating youngsters and shooting little girls would never engage in lies and false flag games... Mr. Obama seems to find the head cutting and executions not worthy of interference...

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 6:52 pm

Nancy Black (308)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 7:05 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared. No doubt that this is hell. We seemed to be trapped in a Catch-22 difficulty. No surprise that the Muslims are dangerous; it has happened many times that our weapons were used against us. Yet, we are opposed to the treatment of the people, and we are unsure of who is doing what.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 10:47 pm
Been saying it from day one...Assad not guilty of this - of other atrocities, yes. The rebels are the ones with everythig to gain if Assad gets blamed.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:21 pm
The U.S would deny this because Obama wants his Muslim mates - the Syrian rebels of the Muslim Brotherhood crowd - to win in this fight.

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:44 pm
We do not want war.

I think our Representatives and Senators (at least most of them) do not want war.

Can't the occupant of the white house be impeached if he, by his lone self, declares war?

There's behind the scenes pressure on him that I think many, many of our members recognize.

Many of our people are geniuses. And it doesn't take a genius to do the arithmetic.


Stan B (123)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:17 am
Both sides are as bad as each other. Let them destroy one another without us getting involved.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:53 am
I think some jumped to a conclusion a bit early.

Birgit W (160)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:18 am
Noted. What can we really believe what our media is telling us.

. (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:52 am
Noted & posted. This is exactly what I was talking about. It just seems that there is an alternative agenda. This is basically a fight between the ruling Shia minority of Assad and the rebels who are Sunnis. Let them sort out their own problems. I don't care about Rummy and his fellow rich bastards.

bob m (32)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:10 pm

MK........wasn't this the same scenario in Iraq?

KS Goh (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 11:30 pm
Thanks for the article.

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:58 pm
To get involved in a "dog fight" is stupid.

May Creator give our leaders the wisdom
to stay out of it.

Tommy S (11)
Monday September 2, 2013, 12:41 am
and doesn't it just get worse
Pentagon staged chemical attack in Syria

Debra Tate (17)
Friday September 6, 2013, 2:10 pm

Debra Tate (17)
Friday September 6, 2013, 2:20 pm
They are probably who fired the gas in Syria! And Obama wants to strike before all test are complete!! They can find out where it came from or where it was made by the chemical "markers"! It would not surprise me if it came from us! Meant for someone else over there! I do not trust my government anymore! There is too much closed door, underhanded dealings going on! And for some reason, Obama ALWAYS take the MB side! Go figure! Egypt is claiming he has been supporting the MB all along and they have the papers to prove it! BRING HIM UP on international charges of terrorists! Impeach him!

Hilary S (65)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:45 am
and while our leaders puzzle about how to proceed, syrian civilians are dying horrible deaths.
the truth in this war was a very early casualty.
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