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British Scientists: Chemical Weapons Used in Syria

Animal carcasses lie on the ground, killed by what residents said was a chemical weapon attack on Tuesday, in Khan al-Assal area near the northern city of Aleppo, Mar. 23, 2013.Animal carcasses lie on the ground, killed by what residents said was a chemical weapon attack on Tuesday, in Khan al-Assal area near the northern city of Aleppo, Mar. 23, 2013.
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Animal carcasses lie on the ground, killed by what residents said was a chemical weapon attack on Tuesday, in Khan al-Assal area near the northern city of Aleppo, Mar. 23, 2013.
Animal carcasses lie on the ground, killed by what residents said was a chemical weapon attack on Tuesday, in Khan al-Assal area near the northern city of Aleppo, Mar. 23, 2013.
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A British newspaper reports that British military scientists have found forensic evidence that chemical weapons were used in the conflict in Syria.

The Times of London newspaper quoted unnamed defense sources Saturday as saying a soil sample smuggled out of Syria proved a chemical weapon was used.  The sources could not tell if the weapon was fired by Syrian government forces or rebels.

One source disagreed with reports that have said the weapons are a riot-control agent.  The source said the weapons are something else but that it is not definite they are a sarin nerve agent.

Syria's government and rebels have traded accusations about the use of chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, an activist group says a Syrian government airstrike in the northwestern province of Idlib has killed at least 18 people, including a child.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says dozens of other people were wounded in Saturday's attack in the town of Saraqeb.  

Elsewhere in the province, the observatory says Syrian troops killed at least 12 rebel fighters in an assault near the village of Baboulin.  

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been trying to take control of Baboulin, which is near the Damascus-Aleppo highway.

A few days ago, Syria's government said it rejected a request by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to allow inspectors to investigate reports of chemical attacks in the country.  

Syria's Foreign Ministry said the government is only willing to allow the inspectors into the village of Khan al-Assal, near Aleppo, where the rebels were alleged to have used chemical weapons last month.  It said Mr. Ban wants inspectors to deploy throughout the country.  The ministry said this would be a violation of Syrian sovereignty.

More than 70,000 people have been killed since March 2011, when the uprising against the Assad government began.

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by: kanaikaalirumporai
April 14, 2013 11:16 AM
Oh what an enlightening disclosure!, demeaning the very word "scientists" that needs to be objective in their conclusions, make things very easier for their political masters, who often thrive on fabricated lies, to do whatever they like. They go for places where the intent suits to discredit the opponent, but cleverly choose to say otherwise or to be silent in places where chemicals had been used lavishly simply because the perpetrators are West's friends, like the Buddhist-chauvinistic regime of Sri Lanka, which belongs in the same class as the regimes of Syria, Iran or North Korea, but serves the geopolitical interests of the West.


by: mike from: clw florida
April 13, 2013 11:07 PM
what happened to obamas red line in regards to chemical weapons..........?


by: Valery from: France
April 13, 2013 5:04 PM
if you remember... it was British "scientists" who assured us about Iraq WMDs... i am just saying... chemical weapons may have been used in Syria, but by whom...? - Assad or Saudi Islamic "rebels"..??? just asking... the US should be very very suspicious of anything coming out of the UK... too many Muslims in Europe...

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by: Cranksy from: USA
April 15, 2013 2:04 AM
Valery, I don't understand how the number of Muslims in Europe should cause anyone to be distrustful of the UK.

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