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    UN to Probe 5 Serious Cases of Alleged Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

    FILE - This video image from an anti-Bashar Assad activist group shows a Syrian man being treated with an inhaler in Kfar Zeita, north of Damascus, after what witnesses said was a chlorine gas attack, April 18, 2014.
    FILE - This video image from an anti-Bashar Assad activist group shows a Syrian man being treated with an inhaler in Kfar Zeita, north of Damascus, after what witnesses said was a chlorine gas attack, April 18, 2014.
    Ken Schwartz

    A United Nations team says it has zeroed in on five serious cases of alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria for further investigation, including chlorine gas and mustard gas.

    The U.N. chemical weapons agency and the Security Council set up the Joint Investigative Mechanism — JIM — last year after reports of as many as 116 incidents of chemical attacks in Syria against civilians since 2014.

    The JIM mission is not to blame one side or the other, but to turn over the results of its investigation and any evidence to the Security Council.

    But JIM leaders say "all individuals, groups, entities or governments that have any role in enabling the use of chemicals as weapons, for whatever reason and under any circumstances, must understand that they will be identified and made accountable for these abhorrent acts."

    The Syrian government and rebels blame each other for using chemicals against civilians. But U.S. officials have said some of the attacks involved barrel bombs dropped from helicopters, and pointed out that the rebels do not have helicopters.

    The five cases to be thoroughly investigated involve the suspected use of chemical weapons on villages in Hama and Idlib in 2014 and 2015, and on a town near the Turkish border where Islamic State is active.

    Meanwhile, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, said IS has used such weapons in Syria.

    Brennan told CBS television's 60 Minutes, to be broadcast Sunday, that there are a number of instances where the terrorists used "chemical munitions on the battlefield."

    He said Islamic State has the capacity to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas and may be looking to sell the chemicals.

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    by: baba Voenga from: underground
    February 12, 2016 4:40 AM
    Has "the director of the Central Intelligence Agency" really finally realized that "Islamic State fighters in Syria have used chemical weapons"? He finally woke up? And has president Obama realized the same? And Kerry the same? And others the same?
    It took them less than an hour to blame Assad in using chemical weapons and almost three years (2016-2013=3) to realize "IS have used chemical weapons".
    It took them less than an hour to blame Donbass and Russia in shooting down MH17 and more then 1,5 years not to find certain guilties.
    Suspiciously similar pattern of thinking and acting, as well as the imposing of its own favourable findings to other interested and disinterested persons and parties.
    The truth will still come out.

    by: AHMED from: INDIA
    February 12, 2016 4:14 AM
    IS has long list of SPONSORS. So IS is getting what its demands from its Sponsors namely Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and USA.
    If not how they are getting these weapons and who finance them.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    February 12, 2016 11:28 AM
    Hey AHMED _ In March of 2013, al-Baghdadi went to Syria from al-Qaeda in Iraq (with only the clothes on his back) looking for fighters and supporters for al-Qaeda, [but lo and behold], al-Baghdadi discovered a ready made army of tens of thousands of foreign Sunni Muslim religious extremists, fanatics and insane that the US had already armed and trained in Turkey and Jordan to wage a Jihad war on the Shia Muslim led government of Assad and Syria, [and then], al-Baghdadi gave them a far better cause to fight and die as a martyr for in his newly created Sunni Muslim ISIL Caliphate army, [and then], in August of 2014, al-Baghdadi led his Sunni Muslim ISIL army in an invasion of Iraq, and the rest is history now? .. That's how the ISIL terrorist army was created in 2013 and 2014, and it wasn't created out of thin air?

    [And now?] .. The Sunni Muslim ISIL terrorist army and all the other terrorists have become a real world power now with chemical weapons, and are threatening to become a world super power soon with dreams of obtaining nuclear weapons in the future, all because the US (without thinking) armed and trained tens of thousands of foreign Sunni Muslim religious extremists, fanatics and insane to wage a Jihad war on Assad and Syria? .. It's the military strategy of the US commander in chief gone crazy, and then completely insane?

    by: Shane
    February 12, 2016 3:56 AM
    BS Carla del Ponte head of the UN chemical weapons investigation into the Syrian attack clearly said the attacks was the work of the opposition or rebels and not the Syrian government search it on YouTube her interview is accurate but you never seen it on the biased main stream media

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