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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chemical Weapons Used in Syria

By Douglas V. Gibbs

The rebels fighting against the Syrian government have been accused of firing a chemical weapon, killing at least 25 people in the Aleppo province. Rebels quickly denied the report and accused regime forces of firing a chemical weapon on a long-range missile.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Obama administration has no evidence to suggest the rebels have used chemical weapons.  He said, "We are looking carefully at the information as it comes in... This is an issue that has been made very clear by the president to be of great concern to us."

It is believed by many that when the United States went into Iraq seeking Weapons of Mass Destruction, that Saddam Hussein had those weapons moved to Syria. The testimony of former Iraqi general Georges Sada revealed that the Iraqi Revolutionary Guard moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria in advance of the U.S.-led action to eliminate Hussein’s WMD threat.

The reported chemical attack in Syria was said to be in an area east of the city of Aleppo, where fierce fighting has engaged for weeks before rebels took over a government complex there.  The military compound is thought to include several military posts and a police academy that Assad's forces have turned into a military base that regularly fires shells at nearby villages.

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