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Clinton Warns Syria on Chemical Weapons

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a news conference during a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, December 5, 2012.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a news conference during a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, December 5, 2012.
Al Pessin
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is warning Syrian leaders they will be held accountable if they resort to the use of chemical weapons in their increasingly difficult fight against insurgents. Clinton spoke after NATO foreign ministers authorized the deployment of an anti-missile system to help protect member-state Turkey's frontier with Syria.

Secretary Clinton said the NATO decision to deploy the U.S.-made Patriot missile-defense system to Turkey sends a “clear message” to Syrian leaders that Turkey has the alliance's full support. And she issued a warning to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and other officials, following reports their troops have been transporting chemical weapons and could be preparing to use them as the rebel siege of Damascus intensifies.

View of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad at Jessreen area in Ghouta, east of Damascus, December 2, 2012.View of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad at Jessreen area in Ghouta, east of Damascus, December 2, 2012.
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View of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad at Jessreen area in Ghouta, east of Damascus, December 2, 2012.
View of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad at Jessreen area in Ghouta, east of Damascus, December 2, 2012.
“Our concerns are that an increasingly desperate Assad regime might turn to chemical weapons, or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within Syria," said Clinton. "And so, as part of the absolute unity that we all have on this issue, we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line and those responsible would be held to account.”

Clinton also called on President Assad to reach a political settlement with Syria's newly reorganized opposition.

U.S., Dutch and German troops are expected to deploy the Patriot system during the next few weeks. Officials said it will be configured to fire non-explosive projectiles at incoming Syrian missiles. Turkey requested the help after Syrian missiles landed on its side of the border in October.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that NATO is exaggerating the threat from Syria. He said Russia believes the reports of chemical weapons preparations are not true, and that any such use would be “grave” and unacceptable. Russia believes the October incident was accidental.

NATO officials stress the Patriot system is purely defensive.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday the deployment does not signal any intention to intervene in the Syria conflict. But he called it a “timely warning” that Syria “should not even think” of using chemical weapons.

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by: NVO from: USA
December 08, 2012 10:54 AM
Clinton is also a staunch supporter of flouride in tap water and GMO foods, BOTH known to cause cancer. She is a proponent of The Bilderbergs plan to microchip all the people by 2017. She is a wolf in sheeps clothing re Israel. Clinton is NEW WORLD ORDER. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

by: Logan
December 05, 2012 6:59 PM
Hillary has one of the hardest jobs in this country and I'm ashamed by the comments here. If you two children "giggles and no clue" had any idea what she actually DOES, you'd understand the importance of her comment here. How can we "butt our head" in a country that we already have an interest in? I'm not even going to address the new world order comment.

Both of you need to grow up and open your eyes to the world around you.
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by: NVO from: USA
December 06, 2012 3:10 AM
No, the problem is you BLISSFULLY IGNORANT people whom are in DENIAL OF THE FACTS. Clintons affiliation with those SINISTER groups needs to be EXPOSED!!! She is a proponent of population control which explains her affiliation with the NEW WORLD ORDER, and those monsters, the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds! Do your homework and get your head out of the sand!!!

by: john2397 from: USA
December 05, 2012 6:30 PM
DOES CLINTON FAILED IN SYRIA? Looks like, yes, very badly. Bush-Cheney failed us knowingly attacking Iraq and imposing war, but Mrs. Clinton foolishly just to fool Assad to vacate the kingdom for Saudi and Jihadi thugs, she mis-calculated her step and created mess in that part of the world, may be more worst than Iraq. Before, the Saudi-Turkey Jihadis started their Holy war in Syria, Assad was doing fine like Saddam but after destabilizing the state Clinton is facing tough time to control the Jihadi thugs and forcing Assad to leave.

by: bill o'rights from: Florida
December 05, 2012 6:23 PM
Clinton warns SYRIA?

What about Clinton's and her Marxist boss' sale of Stinger missiles to al quaida, via Benghazi, to fight the Assad regime?

by: KANAIKAAL IRUMPORAI from: -
December 05, 2012 6:07 PM
If Mr. assad is barred from using these types of weapons and if used he's to be held accountable, then the naturala qustion wouild be that, if Asssad turns out to be the friend of the US aand the West after emplying such things, will he be allowed to do his own investigations to see whether such weapons have in deed been used? That's what is the norm the US and it's Western allies preached/preaching ever since their beloved friend, the Sri Lankan President and hisbrothers used such weapons among other things to wipeout some 146 000 people in 2009. Arenas lieke the UNHRC has been turned into the trial ground for testing , for the first time, whether the accused would deliver the justice after his own investigatins. Will Mr. Assad and his henchmen be given the same oppotunity if their team happens to be in a similar position?

by: GiggleAtGoverment from: White House
December 05, 2012 11:29 AM
I don't know why the United States always butts their heads into every countries business. They make another countries problem into our countries problem. Just let them play with chemicals if they so do please. The United States does not control the world and they certainly shouldn't act like it either.
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by: Frank from: Downwind
December 05, 2012 1:40 PM
Interesting comment "giggleatgovernment" lets see if you still think that way if they were a nuclear state, and fallout reached our country. Or when their chemical weapons kill innocent woman and children.
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by: Nonny from: alabama
December 05, 2012 12:56 PM
It's known as humanitarianism. It's what makes us a civilized nation!!

by: NVO from: USA
December 05, 2012 11:23 AM
Clinton, you are a NEW WORLD ORDER DRONE! A member of the Bilderbergs, the Trilateral Commission, The Club of Rome, The Council on Foreign Relations, ALL pushing for a ONE WORLD GOVERMENT. You are a proponent of GMO in foods and flouride in the tap water, BOTH known to cause cancer. You are anti-Israel, and you are certainly NOT a Christian for wanting to divide Jerusalem. In short, you are a miserable failure.

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