Assad OKs UN inspection for site of chemical-weapon attack

posted at 2:01 pm on August 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

By now, all sides agree that chemical weapons got deployed in a Damascus suburb last week, leading to hundreds of deaths from neurotoxic symptoms, including women and children.  Syrian rebels claimed from the start that the attack came from the Syrian army, which is known to have chemical weapons stores.  Later, the Bashar al-Assad regime claimed that it was the rebels who deployed the chemical weapons. At the time, however, they refused to let a nearby UN inspection team into the area to see for themselves what took place, and the West responded by suggesting that Assad’s reluctance was a self-indictment.

Bluff called:

Syria will allow U.N. inspectors full access to any site of a purported chemical weapons attack, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al Mekdad told CNN on Sunday.

The agreement is effective immediately, he said. …

The inspectors hope to begin their probe on Monday at the site of last week’s suspected chemical attack, according to a statement from the office of the U.N. secretary-general.

Al Mekdad said logistics need to be worked out, since arriving at the site will require crossing into rebel-controlled territory.

Rebel forces and the Syrian regime point the finger at each other for Wednesday’s attack. Gruesome video of the aftermath showed numerous bodies, including women and children.

Russia immediately issued a warning about a rush to judgment:

 Russia said on Sunday that assigning blame too soon over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria would be a “tragic mistake”, ahead of a United Nations’ investigation on Monday.

“We strongly urge those who by trying to impose their opinion on U.N. experts ahead of the results of an investigation … to exercise discretion and not make tragic mistakes,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The White House responded by insisting that the agreement came too late to be credible:

A senior administration official told CBS News earlier that any belated move to allow the U.N. inspectors in is already too little, too late.

“At this juncture, any belated decision by the regime to grant access to the UN team would be considered too late to be credible, including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a result of the regime’s persistent shelling and other intentional actions over the last five days,” the official said.

The senior administration official said the U.S. intelligence community based its assessment given to the White House claiming the Assad regime was responsible for the attack on “the reported number of victims, reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured,” and witness accounts. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

Five days is a long time to wait for access to what is essentially a crime scene.  That leaves plenty of time for a perpetrator to clean up evidence.  On the other hand, the same thing could be said for four days, three days, two days, and even one day — and since the custody of the scene was the point of the fight between the Syrian army and the rebels, that applies equally to either side, too.  Would it have made any difference in the assessment of credibility if Assad had let inspectors in two days later, assuming the site was secure enough for an inspection? Possibly, but probably not all that much.

Without an inspection, it won’t be clear at all which side used chemical weapons, and probably that will still be true after an inspection.  That may not matter, as the West — particularly France — is itching to launch an attack against Assad.  This move delays that retaliation, and Assad seems to be gambling that (a) the UN team won’t find any damning evidence against his army, and (b) the more delay there is, the less likely the West can maintain the momentum for retaliation or intervention.


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He’s not stalling. He knows the rebels did it, this time.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

- 2016 LSM-Anointed-President Killary

ShainS on August 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Five days is a long time to wait for access to what is essentially a crime scene

…so what happened in Benghazi?

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I’m rooting for both sides. I hope they are both very successful in killing each other.

VegasRick on August 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

In Syria the US has no interests, none.

Asaad was Hillary’s buddy, until obama/Hillary decided that he’s not of the ‘Arab Spring’ bullshit.

obama/Hillary own Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Tunesia and so much more.

Name me one nation (not the Nation of Islam) which is free/freer, due to obama/Hillary, I triple dare you.

Don’t name Burma, with which they had nothing to do, and don’t name snarky “Mexico” and such.

Be serious. I’m looking for the one populace which is more free, or free, due to lord obama and scumhag Hillary.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Turkey too…where fool Erdogan destroyed years of stability and went with his idiotic wife’s sharia and other extremism…

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

He’s not stalling. He knows the rebels did it, this time.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Capitalist Hog on August 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

The rebels hate the US and are full of Al Quida wild ones.

Your dollars and weapons are in their hands, via obama, via Benghazi.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Stalling”

It worked for years in Iraq for saddam……and is currently working in Iran…….

of course he is. what deterrence is there to NOT stall?

a strongly worded denunciation to the UN…..that ALWAYS works.

RealMc on August 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

What is Obama going to do if they find proof Assad used chemical weapons? If he does nothing, he looks weak. If he launches a few cruise missiles Assad will laugh at him and keep on doing what he’s doing, making Obama look even more impotent. Hell, if I was Assad I would want them to find evidence Just to watch Obama flounder in the response.

Mark1971 on August 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Just like crocodile MBs took over Egypt, the same will happen in Syria, after dictator Asaad is gone.

Women, gays, Christians and any semblance of rights will all be destroyed.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

- 2016 LSM-Anointed-President Killary

ShainS

I would actually agree with her regarding this point. After 90,000+ deaths, whats another 400? Regardless of who fired the chemical rounds, how do you prove it? They’re all going to have Syrian military markings. This is right out of the Clinton playbook from Bosnia. Pick the side you want to support, take an incident, then get all your intel from “your” side to prove an intervention.

Zaggs on August 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’

- Leaked emails from defense contractor refers to chemical weapons saying ‘the idea is approved by Washington’

- Obama issued warning to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that use of chemical warfare was ‘totally unacceptable’

‘Phil… We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.

‘We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have.

‘They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.

‘Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?

‘Kind regards, David.’

Akzed on August 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

A senior administration official told CBS News…
 
“…because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a result of the regime’s persistent shelling and other intentional actions over the last five days,” the official said.

 

(CNN) — More than two weeks after four Americans — including the U.S. ambassador to Libya — were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured, sources said.
 
http://www dot cnn.com/2012/09/26/world/africa/libya-investigation

rogerb on August 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

The Russians and the Chinese will not be idle. The US’s “Leading from behind” vacuum, since obama took over, has already been filled. More to come.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM

He’s not stalling. He knows the rebels did it, this time.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

The UN investigator’s name is Clouseau. Come on, they are complete morons and Assad knows that. I’ll wager the interminable UN investigation will reveal (SHOCK ALERT!) that the source of the attack is inconclusive.

dogsoldier on August 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

rogerb on August 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Yes.

dogsoldier on August 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

rogerb on August 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Last week the entire team was ordered home and all ‘is over’. We’ll never hear another peep about the end of the ‘investigation’, never mind the findings, if any…never intended to find anything…they knew exactly what happened, right away.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

If they are real, all of the reservations stated by others here still apply. Was it Assad? What’s the national interest? Why is this more important than the carnage at the Boston Marathon? virgo on August 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Akzed on August 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

If they are real, all of the reservations stated by others here still apply. Was it Assad? What’s the national interest? Why is this more important than the carnage at the Boston Marathon? virgo on August 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Akzed on August 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Why would Assad use chemical weapons? That would invite a massive Libya style attack, it would be suicide on Assad’s part. It’s just insane to think Assad would have done that. More likely is that the al Quaeda rebels were involved in trying to frame Assad. Or even worse, and I’ll file this under likely unfounded conspiracy theories, but the Daily Mail is reporting this.

anotherJoe on August 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

dogsoldier on August 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Suits obama just fine.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Just like crocodile MBs took over Egypt, the same will happen in Syria, after dictator Asaad is gone.

Women, gays, Christians and any semblance of rights will all be destroyed.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM

…and the media will be silent!…or report it has an after thought.

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Of course the rebels did it.

Assad is winning. John McCain’s ignorant and bellicose shrieking aside, the U.S. is ready to cut and run in Syria. Wiser heads in the defense establishment seem to be resurgent – we are tacitly supporting the Egyptian military’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, and abandoning the rebels aka terrorists in Syria. Assad knows that the only thing that would draw the U.S. back in is a chemical weapons attack. Assad is many things, but he is not stupid.

Mr. Arkadin on August 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

I’m sure the leak investigation will begin immediately. We don’t want senior administration officials leaking White House talking points to the media.

myiq2xu on August 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Zaggs on August 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Fair point … and well-argued.

ShainS on August 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM

The UN inspectors are the ones stalling. They could have gone out last week. Now the news propagandists put up this story like they just got permission and have been waiting on Assad. This whole thing stinks to high heaven —and it’s not the nerve gas.

claudius on August 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Without an inspection, it won’t be clear at all which side used chemical weapons, and probably that will still be true after an inspection.

Exactly. It’s not like either side is credible, they both have an agenda.

scalleywag on August 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

What are the odds that the UN “finds” evidence that ties the Tea Party to the attack?

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Do we even know for sure which side launched the previous chemical weapons attacks? http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/24/syria-rebels-chemical-weapons/2695243/

scalleywag on August 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The US needs to stay out of this mess. Both sides safe bad guys, so who do we side with? Murderous Assad regime or our sworn enemy, al- Qaeda?

simkeith on August 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of” — New York Times, April 28, 2013

Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda — USA Today, April 11, 2013

“US forces move closer to Syria as options weighed,” by Bradley Klapper and Robert Burns for the Associated Press, August 24

Akzed on August 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Let them fight it out and kill each other without our intervention. If this spills over a border or has some other extenuating circumstance (that involves Iran), then let’s fret over it.

Philly on August 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Compromise an investigation by delaying it a week. What a wonderful idea. Why didn’t Obama et al think of that regarding Benghazi? or Fast & Furious? Oh, wait…

Show of hands: anyone here who doesn’t see through the Obama Administration B.S.?

ss396 on August 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I don’t think we should be going to war over this.

JellyToast on August 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

and probably that will still be true after an inspection. That may not matter, as the West — particularly France — is itching to launch an attack against Assad

Uh-huh. Let them build and fund their own capability in that regard. We can donate General McCain to their country. I really don’t know why any sane person thinks bumping Assad is a good idea. He is not a threat to us but we want to replace him with AQ. Fricken retarded.

Southernblogger on August 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

By all means, let us now go to war to put al Qaeda led “rebels” in power with control of chemical weapons.

rlwo2008 on August 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Suits obama just fine.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Well, I think he wants to attack or something to get the scandals off the news…

dogsoldier on August 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Why would Assad use chemical weapons? That would invite a massive Libya style attack, it would be suicide on Assad’s part. It’s just insane to think Assad would have done that. More likely is that the al Quaeda rebels were involved in trying to frame Assad. Or even worse, and I’ll file this under likely unfounded conspiracy theories, but the Daily Mail is reporting this.

anotherJoe on August 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Exactly. Why would you do the only thing (with limited tactical gain mind you) that guarantees an attack from the Western Powers? Doesn’t make sense.

reddevil on August 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Reichstag fire… Gulf of Tonkin…

Akzed on August 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Yeah, Obama plans to attack:

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2013/08/25/u-s-says-syrian-offer-on-chemical-site-inspection-is-too-late/

But if the UN nudges arrive, Zero will be stymied. He can’t start bombing Assad with the UN there…

dogsoldier on August 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM

the less likely the West can maintain the momentum for retaliation or intervention.

Momentum? What momentum? The polls I’ve seen indicate that the momentum is heading the other way, strongly against interfering in Syria’s civil war.

FloatingRock on August 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Red line….what does it matter….

crosshugger on August 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Hillary:

“Assad is a reformer.”

“It’s a reset button, a-hyuck!”

“At this point, what difference does it make??”

My God, but she’ll make a wonderful President, won’t she?

Midas on August 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

This is just a ‘squirrel’ – more breaking news today about NSA bugging UN, etc – have to distract as this thing widens, so…

Midas on August 25, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Al Mekdad said logistics need to be worked out, since arriving at the site will require crossing into rebel-controlled territory.

If the site is controlled by the rebels, how could Assad’s forces “clean up” any incriminating evidence from the crime site?

That may not matter, as the West — particularly France — is itching to launch an attack against Assad.

My, my how things have changed. France had to be dragged kicking and screaming into contributing to the Gulf War against Saddam in 1991.

And they actively tried to prevent us and Great Britain and our coalition from toppling Saddam in 2003, essentially stabbing us in the back diplomatically.

But now all of a sudden when the country is Syria instead of Iraq, which became a French protectorate after the Ottoman Empire was broken up following WW I (Iraq became a British protectorate), they are chomping at the bit to intervene militarily, and they want us get us to do most of the work go along with them.

farsighted on August 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

In theory it could have been the Syrian govt, but that doesn’t make an sense. Assad’s not a flat out idiot. More likely it was the rebels trying to the get the US & Europe to initiate a Libya style attack on Assad to turn around their losing bid.

Regardless, the USA needs to be sailing away, it is not our fight.

anotherJoe on August 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Let them kill themselves off. If the deaths are not in the hundreds of thousands or better, millions, then we are not winning there. Any dead Muslim extremist, and aren’t they all extremists, is good for us.

astonerii on August 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Rebels committing war crimes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kIuMEcY5B8

[If the Corries can sue Caterpillar, how come no one has sued Toyota mini trucks?]

Blake on August 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

That may not matter, as the West — particularly France — is itching to launch an attack against Assad.

My, my how things have changed. France had to be dragged kicking and screaming into contributing to the Gulf War against Saddam in 1991.

And they actively tried to prevent us and Great Britain and our coalition from toppling Saddam in 2003, essentially stabbing us in the back diplomatically.

But now all of a sudden when the country is Syria instead of Iraq, which became a French protectorate after the Ottoman Empire was broken up following WW I (Iraq became a British protectorate), they are chomping at the bit to intervene militarily, and they want us get us to do most of the work go along with them.

farsighted on August 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

One other thing.

France’s contribution to Afghanistan was a few thousand troops to “train” Afghans. They were prohibited from engaging in any offensive operations. They were only allowed to defend themselves if attacked.

When things started heating up in Afghanistan in 2006-7 and NATO commanders there were begging for more NATO troops France said non! No can do. Their military was tapped out and stretched to its limit.

But with Syria, everything is different.

F’ France

farsighted on August 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Hey here’s an idea.

Maybe Comrade O can get Colin Powell to give a presentation to the UN and to the American people presenting the evidence that Assad and his forces deliberately used chemical weapons.

farsighted on August 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.

Akzed on August 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

.
How absolutely Lyndon-Baines-Johnsonian… !!! I wouldn’t put it past the thug regime, either.

ExpressoBold on August 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Syrian rebels claimed from the start that the attack came from the Syrian army, which is known to have chemical weapons stores. Later, the Bashar al-Assad regime claimed that it was the rebels who deployed the chemical weapons.

Which side did it?

Which side wants western intervention?

VorDaj on August 25, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Blake on August 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I can see why the “brave” rebels perfer to target unarmed noncombants when they go against military forces these things happen

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=349388218525312&set=vb.313638228761737&type=2&theater

warren on August 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Why would Assad use chemical weapons? That would invite a massive Libya style attack, it would be suicide on Assad’s part. It’s just insane to think Assad would have done that. More likely is that the al Quaeda rebels were involved in trying to frame Assad. Or even worse, and I’ll file this under likely unfounded conspiracy theories, but the Daily Mail is reporting this.

anotherJoe on August 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Think the “unfounded conspiracy theory” that Obama’s and Holder’s Operation Fast-and-Furious, aka Operation Murder-And-Mendacity, aka Obama’s and Holder’s Rolling 9/11 against Mexico, was to kill hundreds of Mexican civilians, men, women and children 9which obviously it was), to frame the Second Amendment and attack and destroy it.

VorDaj on August 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Which side did it?

Which side wants western intervention?

VorDaj on August 25, 2013 at 3:51 PM

BINGO

gracie on August 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM

And now U.S. says “too late”? Good grief.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/25/us-syria-crisis-usa-idUSBRE97O08S20130825

Ozprey on August 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I thought Obama said we don’t pick sides? Oh wait! That was Egypt. o_O

txhsmom on August 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM

That may not matter, as the West — particularly France — is itching to launch an attack against Assad.

My, my how things have changed. France had to be dragged kicking and screaming into contributing to the Gulf War against Saddam in 1991.

And they actively tried to prevent us and Great Britain and our coalition from toppling Saddam in 2003, essentially stabbing us in the back diplomatically.

But now all of a sudden when the country is Syria instead of Iraq, which became a French protectorate after the Ottoman Empire was broken up following WW I (Iraq became a British protectorate), they are chomping at the bit to intervene militarily, and they want us get us to do most of the work go along with them.

farsighted on August 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

France desperately needs a ‘squirrel’ right about now, perhaps as much as Obama does…

Midas on August 25, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Who is the enemy here – Assad – or the so-called rebels?

And where would those cruise missiles be aimed – at Damascus, or at some “enemy stronghold?”

The whole thing is a grand clusterfark. We need to stay out of this. If Iran loses a client state – so what? – so much the better. If Iran and the Soviet Union keep their client state – so what?

anotherJoe on August 25, 2013 at 4:57 PM

In theory it could have been the Syrian govt, but that doesn’t make an sense. Assad’s not a flat out idiot. More likely it was the rebels trying to the get the US & Europe to initiate a Libya style attack on Assad to turn around their losing bid.

Regardless, the USA needs to be sailing away, it is not our fight.

anotherJoe on August 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

There is a third possibility. The rebels could have been storing their captured chemicals and when the shelling started they were hit by artillery and spread them over the area. I don’t think most of the rebels would willingly kill their own supporters(or go along with it) for show, but we know Al Queda would, so it would depend on who among the rebels has the control of their captured chemicals. They still need to determine which chemical was used, because If the rebels didn’t have access to the chemical used, then it would likely be government forces(rogue operator?). With so many unknowns it will be very hard for the UN to determine who is responsible. I agree with many posters here that we should not interfere because both sides are evil. The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend.

Corsair on August 25, 2013 at 5:14 PM

He’s not stalling. He knows the rebels did it, this time.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Ding, ding, ding1 We have the winner!

Time for the us to realize we are helping Al Qaida with money, arms AND moral support. As if Egypt and Libya were not clear indications already, Hussein is still hell bent on helping out islam to take over the region and the world.

riddick on August 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Five days is a long time to wait for access to what is essentially a crime scene.

The fix is in.

I wonder if he learned something from Benghazi.

CW on August 25, 2013 at 6:18 PM

So…twelve years ago we had to go to war in order to destroy Al-Qaeda. Now we’re arming Al-Qaeda. And our government sacrificed Americans in Libya to do it.

Gee, is it tooooo much of a stretch to think that maybe, just maybe we’ve been supporting Al-Qaeda all along?

I never gave the 9-11 truthers a whole lot of my attention because, quite honestly, some of their theories are hairbrained and hearing the vast engineering, chemistry, physics expertise of Hollywood actors doesn’t exactly bolster their case. But I’ve long felt that there were those in Washington who at least knew about it and were possibly complicit.

I think we’ve been had…again.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 25, 2013 at 6:49 PM

This from sky news:

“Charles Lister, an analyst at IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center, told the Jerusalem Post that the timing of such an attack raises eyebrows. “Logically, it would make little sense for the Syrian government to employ chemical agents at such a time, particularly given the relatively close proximity of the targeted towns (to the UN team),” he said.

As we have documented for well over a year, the inevitability of a chemical weapons attack has been consistently hyped by the media despite the fact that by engaging in such actions, the Assad regime would guarantee international condemnation and create a casus belli for its own destruction.

The fact that launching indiscriminate biological attacks makes absolutely no sense militarily for Assad means it’s far more likely that such attacks are being staged by rebels – many of whom are being led by bloodthirsty Al-Qaeda terrorists – with support from the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

Indeed, the strongest evidence suggests that chemical weapons attacks are being launched by western-backed rebels, but such reports have received scant media attention in comparison to claims such as today’s.”

rodguy911 on August 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

THis one quotes UN investigator Carla del Ponte”

“Syrian rebels have made use of the deadly nerve agent sarin in their war-torn country’s conflict, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte has said.

Find it here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10039672/UN-accuses-Syrian-rebels-of-chemical-weapons-use.html

Here’s more:

“According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons, making use of sarin gas,” del Ponte, a former war crimes prosecutor, said in an interview with Swiss radio late on Sunday.

“We still have to deepen our investigation, verify and confirm (the findings) through new witness testimony, but according to what we have established so far, it is at the moment opponents of the regime who are using sarin gas,” she added.

She stressed that the UN commission of inquiry on Syria, which she is a part of, had far from finished its investigation.

Turkish authorities are carrying out blood tests on Syrians who have fled the fighting at home to determine if they have been victims of chemical weapons, a medical source said Monday.

“Samples have been taken from people wounded in Syria who have been transported to Turkey,” the source said on condition of anonymity, adding that the results were not yet known.”

rodguy911 on August 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Oliar would not chance the Neg publicity to be asked to give back that Pulitzer Prize he worked so hard for.
.
Priorities.

FlaMurph on August 25, 2013 at 9:44 PM

A great chop from my friend jeremix over at FN.

Bmore on August 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I put in with the wretched Assad on this. Of course, I’m beginning to think Putin makes sense as well. First time for all of this. BHO is destroying belief in our nation’s leadership.

Mason on August 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Of course Assad allowed an inspection, now that the evidence has been damaged / cleaned up.

AlexB on August 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM