Category: Bio-Weaponry


Eretz Zen Eretz Zen

Part 1

Published on Oct 4, 2013

Christian nun, Mother Agnes Mariam, who heads the convent of St. Jacob in the Damascus countryside, has collected evidence of fabrication based on the 13 videos that the US administration used to blame the chemical attacks in Eastern Ghouta on August 21, 2013 on the Syrian government. This evidence is discussed with al-Jadeed TV in Lebanon, as it relates to the unusually large number of parentless and unknown children that were victims of the attack in conjunction with the shifting of locations where the suffocating children were filmed within a short period of time.

Source: al-Jadeed TV (Lebanon)
Part 2: http://youtu.be/mLc65lK-sxk

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Chemical disarmament inspectors cross into Syria

Published time: October 01, 2013 11:44
Edited time: October 01, 2013 18:45
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The team of some 20 international inspectors who have been issued the task to ensure that Syria chemical weapons are destroyed have crossed the border into the country.

On Monday, international chemical weapons inspectors completed investigations surrounding the alleged Sarin gas attacks in the country.

On the same day the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) left the Netherlands to begin a complex mission of finding and dismantling an estimated 1,000-ton chemical arsenal, which includes sarin and mustard gas, scattered across some 45 different sites nationwide.

The mission follows a UN resolution which demanded that Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal be destroyed. The procedure to purge the country of chemical weapons stocks has a target finish date of mid-2014.

The OPCW group entered the country from Lebanon over the Masnaa border crossing in some 20 vehicles carrying equipment as well as security personnel.

The experts have set up a logistics base for its immediate work, the UN said in a statement.

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Syria disarmament countdown: UN inspectors to embark on most hazardous mission ever

Syria disarmament countdown: UN inspectors to embark on most hazardous mission ever

The most dangerous mission in the history of chemical warfare is to kick off in Syria on Monday, after the Assad government has indicated the whereabouts of each and every of its chemical arms caches. Now it is up to UN-mandated OPCW inspectors to oversee the destruction of stocked toxins. At times, they will have to wear layers of bio and bullet-proof protection suits and carry air tanks in 35-degree heat, media say.

According to the Guardian, a team of 20 international experts, including engineers, chemists and paramedics, will leave the Netherlands for Syria today in a bid to dismantle one of the world’s biggest chemical weapon stockpiles amid the ongoing civil war and accusations of gassing civilians.

Inspectors from the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will sometimes have to wear body armor and helmets over their chemical protection suits or even carry air tanks on their backs in order to abide by a UN Security Council’s resolution to destroy about 1,000 tons of nerve agents, such as sarin, and other poisonous gases, like sulphur mustard.

The team drawn from all over the world is due to arrive in the Syrian capital of Damascus tomorrow, where they will be joined by more experts and liaison specialists. Within a few days, the reinforced UN contingent will be split into smaller field teams that will fan out to the Syrian weapons sites and labs. The exact number of these sites isn’t known, though media put it at 25 facilities. To cross the lines between antagonists in the civil war, inspectors will rely on UN officials based in Syria who have contacts with most parties in the conflict and are expected to negotiate safe passage.

Arms production sites are reported to stand high atop the list. The UN resolution envisages the elimination of all chemical production and mixing plants, including equipment used for filling shells with nerve agents or sulphur mustard gas, by November 1. The plan is to amass the Syrian arsenal in a couple of major locations where mobile chemical neutralization plants and incinerators can be used to decommission it.

Officials stress that everything will be done in conjunction with the Syrian government, which has already proven its willingness to cooperate with international monitors to relieve the world of its share of deadly chemical toxins. The deadline for destroying the whole arsenal has been set at mid-2014.

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The Voice of Russia

MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is ready to provide funds and personnel for future efforts to eliminate Syrian chemical weapon stockpiles, Russia’s top diplomat has said.

It reported over the weekend that a team of about a dozen of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will head to Syria on October 1 to take the stockpiles under control.

In an interview published by the Kommersant daily on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russian experts were “ready to partake in all aspects of future activities – in inspections and in administrative structures that might be set up to coordinate activities between the UN and the OPCW on site, as well as in structures that would possibly be set up to provide [the inspectors’] security.”

He also vowed financial support to the future OPCW effort in Syria.

The Russian top diplomat said it was up to OPCW inspectors to decide what types of chemical weapons should be destroyed in Syria and what should be taken abroad.

“This is up to professionals to decide. They should see everything with their own eyes and determine what poisonous substances can be destroyed on site and what [facilities] are needed for this. Possibly, the Syrians have the required facilities, although I doubt it,” he said, adding that a part of the Syrian chemical stockpile can be destroyed with the help of mobile facilities that the United States and a group of other countries have.

Lavrov added that the recently adopted UN Security Council resolution on Syria permits taking chemical weapons out of the country – a practice not envisaged by the Chemical Weapons Convention. He described the resolution, adopted unanimously on Friday night, as a “generally positive” document intended to keeps the Syrian conflict settlement within the political dimension.

He said Russia would encourage the Syrian government to observe the schedule, agreed by the UN and the OPCW, but Western powers and their Arab allies supporting the Syrian opposition should “send a clear signal” to anti-government rebels, “so that they wouldn’t dare to undermine this process.”

The OPCW’s 41-nation executive council agreed on an accelerated program for Syria’s chemical stockpiles elimination on Friday night, stating that all chemical weapons should be destroyed by mid-2014. The decision requires inspections in Syria to start on October 1.

The Russian top diplomat said that Russia would press for an international conference to make Middle East a zone free of weapons of mass destruction. The conference was agreed in 2010 and scheduled to take place last year, but preparations have stalled.

According to Lavrov, Russian President Vladimir Putin set a task to put all chemical stockpiles in the world under the international control after meeting with his US counterpart Barack Obama at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg.

 

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Published on Sep 21, 2013

The international chemical weapons watchdog says the Syrian government has complied with its promise and handed over the last remaining details of its toxic arsenal to the agency. This comes as part of Syria’s chemical disarmament plan hammered out by Russia and Washington last week.

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Robert Fisk in Damascus: Assad’s troops may be winning this war in Syria’s capital – untouched by Obama’s threats

Dispatch from Damascus: The killing fields remain, and truth is as rare as hope

And so the war goes on. Missile alerts may be over but the killing fields remain, untouched by Obama’s pale threats or Sergei Lavrov’s earnestness. The Syrian army fights on in the rubble and the shells fly over Damascus and the road from Lebanon is still littered with checkpoints. Only when you reach the city do you notice how many people have now built iron guard doors before their homes and iron gates on car parks. The claim that 40-50,000 rebels surround the capital is probably untrue but there are up to 80,000 security men and soldiers inside Damascus and, on this battlefront, they may well be winning.

It’s a campaign that started long before the use of sarin gas on 21 August and continued long afterwards. But on that fateful night, the Syrian army did mount one of its fiercest bombardments of rebel areas. In 12 separate attacks, it tried to put special forces men inside the insurgent enclaves, backed up by artillery fire. These included the suburbs of Harasta, and Arbin.

I was chatting yesterday to an old Syrian friend, a journalist who used to be in the country’s special forces and he – quite by chance – said he was embedded with Syrian government troops on the night of 21 August. These were men of the Fourth Division – in which the President’s brother Maher commands a brigade – and my friend was in the suburb of Moadamiyeh – the site of one of the chemical attacks. He recalls the tremendous artillery bombardment but saw no evidence of gas being used. This was one of the areas from which the army was attempting to insert bridgeheads into rebel territory. What he does remember is the concern of government troops when they saw the first images of gas victims on television – fearing that they themselves would have to fight amid the poisonous fumes.

Frontline Syrian forces do carry gas masks but none was seen wearing any. “The problem,” my friend said, “is that after Libya there are so many Russian weapons and artillery pieces smuggled into Syria that you don’t know what anybody’s got any more. The Libyans can’t produce enough of their oil but they sure can export all Gaddafi’s equipment.” But that doesn’t necessarily include sarin gas. Nor does it let the Syrian government off the hook. The protocols on the use of gas and missiles are said to be very strict in Syria so, of course, we come back to the old question: who ordered those missiles fired during the awful night of 21 August?

The ancient Christian town of Maaloula, recaptured by regime forces (Getty)

The ancient Christian town of Maaloula, recaptured by regime forces (Getty)

Some questions are familiar. Why use gas when so much more lethal weaponry is being flung at rebel forces across the country? If the government wanted to use gas, why not employ it north of Aleppo where not a single government soldier or official exists? Why in Damascus? And why wasn’t gas used on this scale in the previous two years? And why employ such a dreadful weapon when the end result is that Syria – by giving up its stocks of chemical weapons – has effectively lost one of its strategic defences against an Israeli invasion? No wonder, another Syrian friend of mine remarked last night, that the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem had such a long and shocked face when he made his Moscow announcement. Wasn’t Israel the real winner in all this?

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WW3 UPDATE – UN inspectors ignore evidence on Syria chemical attacks

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Published on Sep 19, 2013

Russia says it will provide the UN Security Council with evidence allegedly implicating Syrian rebel forces in last month’s deadly chemical attack outside Damascus. The Syrian government had already given the same data to UN inspectors working in the country but the findings were apparently not taken into account when their report was prepared. RT’s Maria Finoshina caught up with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister during his visit to Damascus, to discuss these allegations.

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Russia: UN inspectors ignored evidence on Syria chemical attacks

Published time: September 19, 2013 06:19
Edited time: September 19, 2013 08:50
Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013. (Reuters/Bassam Khabieh)

UN inspectors ignored evidence on chemical weapons use in Syria secretly passed to them by Damascus, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister in an exclusive interview to RT. That is why the UN report is biased and needs reinvestigation, he said.

“The Syrian authorities have conducted their own sampling and investigation, analysis in terms of possible evidence of the rebels being responsible for the tragic episodes both on August 21, but beyond that also on August 22, 23 and 24,” Sergey Ryabkov told RT’s Maria Finoshina, who caught up with him during his visit to Damascus to discuss these allegations.

“This is new material – new material for us. But this is not already completely new material for the UN,” Ryabkov specified, revealing that there were actually several chemical attacks in Syria in August and that the UN inspectors, headed by Swedish scientist Dr. Ake Salstrom, were informed about this, but ignored the information in their report.

“This material was discreetly handed over to Ake Salstrom, the head of the UN mission of experts here [in Syria] which came to investigate the Ghouta incidents. Salstrom was asked to look into it and eventually factor this new evidence into the final report. It never happened in fact,” Ryabkov told RT. “This is one of the reasons why we criticize the speed with which the report was released… and also an incomplete content of this report,” he said.

Moscow wants the UN inspectors to return to Syria and continue investigating in order to determine who was responsible for the chemical attack.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

“We expect the UN Secretariat to both send Salstrom and his people back to Syria to continue investigation of the three remaining incidents, and also to write a full and comprehensive report against the background of all information they have received,” Ryabkov stressed.

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WW3 UPDATE – UN Prepare Resolution On Assads Chemical Weapons, FSA and Al Qaeda Fight Each Other

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German Chemicals for Syria: Merkel Denies Military Use

UN weapons inspectors take samples in Syria in August 2013. Zoom

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UN weapons inspectors take samples in Syria in August 2013.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that according to preliminary information available to her, chemicals sent from Germany to Syria from 2002 to 2006 were used for civilian purposes, and not for the production of the nerve agent sarin.

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Merkel’s comments came after a document released Wednesday by the Economics Ministry confirmed that Germany had sent 137 tons of chemicals to Syria.

The chemicals included hydrogen flouride, sodium fluoride and ammonium hydrogen fluoride, which require special export permits (so-called “dual-use” permits) because they can be used for either civilian or military purposes, including the production of deadly sarin.

Speaking on the German network ARD, Merkel said that her predecessors in a center-left coalition of the Social Democrats and the Greens had looked carefully at what the chemicals would be used for in Syria. The exports were sent to Syria during that coalition in 2002 to 2003, and two years later, after a grand coalition government made up of Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats had taken power in Berlin.

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Germany Supplied ‘Dual-Use’ Chemicals to Syria

Germany exported more than 100 metric tons (110 tons) of “dual-use” chemicals to Syria between 2002 and 2006, but officials insisted Wednesday there was no indication the substances had been used to make chemical weapons such as the poisonous sarin gas used in last month’s deadly attack outside Damascus.

The exports were authorized after officials were assured of “plausible civilian uses” for the chemicals, the Economy Ministry said in a written response to questions from left-wing lawmakers.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was no indication they had been used for military purposes.

“According to all the information available to me, they were used for civilian purposes,” Merkel told public television station ARD.

But she said officials were still checking whether further shipments took place after 2006 and before May 2011, when Germany imposed strict controls on exports to Syria.

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WW3 UPDATE: Nigel Farage opposesse war in Syria and says UK are biggest warmongers

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Interesting  how the  PTB and their  warmongering  supporters  are  so motivated  to punish Assad for  supposedly  using  chemical  weapons .  Questioning the  idea  of doing  nothing  and  letting  chemical  weapons  go  unchecked without  once  referring to the  chemical  weapons  used  by the  West.  Not  once  has the  West been  called  to  task for their use of  chemical  weapons  or  for that  matter  depleted  uranium in the  bombs  they  drop in their humanitarian wars.

Nigel Farage brings  up the  point  of WMD  being used  as  the excuse  for the invasion  of  Iraq.  The premise  is  still valid  today.

Why  are  the  points of  evidence that  Sarin  gas  was  used  by the  rebels  not  being taken  seriously?

Why is the  UN  turning a  blind  eye  to  evidence  that  was  made  available to  them  by  Russia way  before  this  tipping  point  was  reached?

Why is  the  US  aiding known  terrorists to  accomplish their deeds in  Syria?

Is not  assisting  Al Qaeda in  Syria a crime  against  humanity?

Why is no one  calling  them to task for their  participation in  these war crimes?

Too many  questions  and  no valid  answers.  If  one is to examine the  evidence  and the  attitudes that  are being  taken  by the US  and  it’s  allies  then  we  can  see a  correlation  between what  happened  in  Iraq  and  what they  want  to  do in  Syria.

Have the  scenes on Iraq’s  destruction and  destabilization not  been  enough  to  give sane  persons  pause  as  to the  true motives  behind  these events?

Benghazi was  simply  a  symptom  of  the  virulent and  apathetic  hunger  for  power  and  control  in  the  Middle East and  it  needs to  be  addressed.  Because  if it  is  not  addressed the death of  innocents  at the  hand of corrupt leaders will continue and  those  who remain  silent  will be  as  guilty  as  those  who  give  the  murderous orders  behind the  scenes.  Waging  war  abroad  and looting  the economy that  feeds  the  hungry at  home.

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John Kerry: U.S., Russia Reach Deal On Syrian Chemical Weapons

By JOHN HEILPRIN and MATTHEW LEE 09/14/13 03:04 PM ET EDT AP

GENEVA — A diplomatic breakthrough Saturday on securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile averted the threat of U.S. military action for the moment and could swing momentum toward ending a horrific civil war.

Marathon negotiations between U.S. and Russian diplomats at a Geneva hotel produced a sweeping agreement that will require one of the most ambitious arms-control efforts in history.

The deal involves making an inventory and seizing all components of Syria’s chemical weapons program and imposing penalties if President Bashar Assad’s government fails to comply will the terms.

After days of intense day-and-night negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and their teams, the two powers announced they had a framework for ridding the world of Syria’s chemicals weapons.

The U.S. says Assad used them in an Aug. 21 attack on the outskirts of Damascus, the capital, killing more than 1,400 civilians. That prompted President Barack Obama to ready American airstrikes on his order – until he decided last weekend to ask for authorization from the U.S. Congress. Then came the Russian proposal, and Obama asked Congress, already largely opposed to military intervention, to delay a vote.

Kerry and Lavrov said they agreed on the size of the chemical weapons inventory, and on a speedy timetable and measures for Assad to do away with the toxic agents.

But Syria, a Moscow ally, kept silent on the development, while Obama made clear that “if diplomacy fails, the United States remains prepared to act.”

The deal offers the potential for reviving international peace talks to end a civil war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and sent 2 million refugees fleeing for safety, and now threatens the stability of the entire Mideast.

Kerry and Lavrov, along with the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the chances for a follow-up peace conference in Geneva to the one held in June 2012 would depend largely on the weapons deal.

The U.S. and Russia are giving Syria just one week, until Sept. 21, to submit “a comprehensive listing, including names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions, and location and form of storage, production, and research and development facilities.”

International inspectors are to be on the ground in Syria by November. During that month, they are to complete their initial assessment and all mixing and filling equipment for chemical weapons is to be destroyed. They must be given “immediate and unfettered” access to inspect all sites.

All components of the chemical weapons program are to be removed from the country or destroyed by mid-2014.

“Ensuring that a dictator’s wanton use of chemical weapons never again comes to pass, we believe is worth pursuing and achieving,” Kerry said.

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Syria crisis: US and Russia agree chemical weapons deal

Inspectors to be given ‘immediate unfettered access’ with a ‘comprehensive list’ of weapons from Damascus within a week, says Kerry

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The United States and Russia have agreed that Syrian chemical weapons will be placed under international control and destroyed in a process that will begin with a week.

International inspectors from the Organisation of the Prevention of Chemical weapons must be given “immediate and unfettered” access to Syrian chemical weapons, said the US secretary of state, John Kerry, while Syria must give a “comprehensive list” of its chemical weapons within one week.

Speaking at a press conference in Geneva on Saturday after three days of talks, Kerry outlined the details of the deal as Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov looked on.

The deal “would allow us to expedite the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons” which would protect the Syrian people, Syria’s neighbours and the world.

Kerry said the removal of chemical weapons would be “credible and verifiable” if fully implemented. “The world will now wait for the Assad regime to honour its commitments,” said Kerry. “There is no room for anything other than full compliance.”

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Securing Syria’s Weapons May Require US Troops

Sep 14, 2013

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The White House and the Pentagon have repeatedly ruled out “boots on the ground” in Syria, but Defense Department officials were less certain Thursday on whether U.S. military personnel might be sent to help secure or destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little gave a vague answer when asked if U.S. troops were prepared to assist should an international agreement allow Russia to take control of the tons of chemical weapons believed to be in the stockpiles of President Bashar al-Assad.

“I’m not going to speculate on who may or may not be participating in a process that may or may not take place,” Little said. “We’ve got to see where the process goes” before the U.S. military considers involvement, he said.

The first steps in the process were taking place in Geneva, where Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting for a second day with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on  Moscow’s proposal to have international teams take control of the chemical weapons.

Syria has tentatively agreed to the Russian initiative and also agreed to join the international ban on chemical and biological weapons.

Lavrov has urged the U.S. to speed the negotiations by dropping the threat to launch strikes on Syria, but Little said “the threat of military action is driving the process forward.”

To back up the threat, the U.S. was keeping four destroyers off the Syrian coast and the Nimitz carrier strike group in the Red Sea, though some of the ships may be replaced if the negotiations are drawn out, Little said.

“We have a mix of assets that would be available” to back up the threat, Little said. He wouldn’t comment on whether submarines were also in the Mediterranean to join with the surface ships in launching Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. Little stressed that “we remain fully prepared to act” in the event that the talks with the Russians fail.

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As Assad Pledges To Turn Over Chemical Weapons, CIA Ships Weapons To Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 8:11 am

What exactly is the Obama Administration’s policy on Syria anyway? One of the few things that could be gleaned from President Obama’s odd speech the other night is a concern for the use of chemical weapons. In fact, Secretary of State Kerry has been saying that was the only concern and any strikes would be “unbelievably small.”

So now Bashar al-Assad is talking about turning over his chemical weapons.

Bashar al-Assad has said he will place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control in line with a proposal from Russia. The Syrian president, speaking to Russia’s Rossiya 24 state news channel, denied however that US pressure had anything to do with the decision to surrender the arsenal.

This is what the Obama Administration wanted, right? Actually, the Russian proposal Assad agreed to was in response to a gaffe by Secretary Kerry demanding Assad turn over his chemical weapons.

But now it seems the US has decided to retaliate anyway shipping guns to Al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels.

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Turkey finds sarin gas in homes of suspected Syrian Islamists – reports

Published time: May 30, 2013 16:56
Edited time: September 14, 2013 03:58

Turkish security forces found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front who were previously detained, Turkish media reports. The gas was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.

The sarin gas was found in the homes of suspected Syrian Islamists detained in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia following a search by Turkish police on Wednesday, reports say. The gas was allegedly going to be used to carry out an attack in the southern Turkish city of Adana.

On Monday, Turkish special anti-terror forces arrested 12 suspected members of the Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group which has been dubbed “the most aggressive and successful arm” of the Syrian rebels. The group was designated a terrorist organization by the United States in December.

Police also reportedly found a cache of weapons, documents and digital data which will be reviewed by police.

Following the searches, five of those detained were released following medical examinations at the Forensic Medicine Institution Adana. Seven suspects remain in custody. Turkish authorities are yet to comment on the arrests.

Russia reacted strongly to the incident, calling for a thorough investigation into the detention of Syrian militants
in possession of sarin gas.

“We are extremely concerned with media reports. Russia believes that the use of any chemical weapons is absolutely
inadmissible,”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

In a separate incident in Adana, police reportedly received intelligence that an explosive-laden vehicle had entered the town of Adana on Thursday, the Taraf daily reports.

Ankara has attempted to bolster the Syrian opposition without becoming embroiled in the Syrian civil war, a policy which Damascus claims lead to the deadliest act of terrorism on Turkish soil.

On May 11, 51 people were killed and 140 injured after two car bombs exploded in the Turkish town of Reyhanlı, located near the country’s border with Syria.A dozen Turkish nationals have been charged in the twin bombings, and Ankara has accused Damascus of helping the suspects carry out the attack.

“This incident was carried out by an organization which is in close contact to pro-regime groups in Syria and I say this very clearly, with the Syrian Mukhabarat [intelligence agency],” Interior Minister Muammer Guler said.

Syria’s Information Minister Omran Zoubi denied any link the attack, saying his country “did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that”.Zoubi further charged the Turkish government had facilitated the flow of arms, explosives, funds and fighters across the country’s border into Syria, claiming that that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party bear direct responsibility [for the attack].”

Reports of chemical weapons use by both Damascus and the Syrian opposition have surrounded the conflict in Syria for months.

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[234] How Israel is Spying on You, Ed Asner on Hollywood Left, a Right to Chemical Weapons?

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Published on Sep 12, 2013

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on Israel Spying on You, Obama Double Speak on Syria, Ed Asner on the Hollywood Left, Syrian Intervention & Autism.

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks about the latest NSA revelation regarding Israel’s access to Americans’ data without any privacy safeguards. Abby then speaks to Mimi al-Laham ‘Syrian Girl Partisan’ about Obama’s recent speech on Syria, Putin’s Op-ed in the New York Times, and the dangers of arming rebels linked to al Qaeda. BTS wraps up the show with an extended interview with legendary actor and activist, Ed Asner, discussing 9/11 questions, US intervention in Syria, the declining role of Hollywood’s anti-war left and his charity work with his organization Autism Speaks.

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A Right to Chemical Weapons? | Think Tank

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Abby Martin speaks to Mimi al-Laham ‘Syrian Girl Partisan’ about Obama’s recent speech on Syria, Putin’s Op-ed in the New York Times, and the dangers of arming rebels linked to al Qaeda.

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The US vowed to destroy its cache of chemical weapons by 2012. But tons of nerve agents remain in Colorado and Kentucky – reflecting how complicated the process could prove in Syria

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US struggles show hazards of chemical weapons destruction

UN chemical weapons experts, Damascus

Syria claimed this week that it would sign its chemical weapons over to international control. Photograph: Reuters

If the Obama administration wants an example of the difficulties involved in destroying chemical weapons, it might reflect upon its own struggles to get rid of cold-war era chemical arsenals stockpiled in tightly controlled storage facilities in Kentucky and Colorado.

The United States promised, but failed, to destroy these stocks by 2012 at the very latest. The most recent forecast from the US is that the process of “neutralising” the chemicals in its Colorado weapons dump will be finished by 2018; the date for Kentucky is 2023. That will be 11 years after the US promised to destroy its chemical weapons stockpiles, and eight years after Russia – the other major possessor of declared chemical weapons – says it will have finished destroying its arsenal.

About 2,611 tons of mustard gas remains stockpiled in Pueblo, Colorado. The second stockpile, in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, is smaller – 524 tons – but more complicated to decommission, because it consists of a broader range of lethal gases and nerve agents, many of which are contained within weaponry.

Although the process of constructing neutralisation facilities in Colorado and Kentucky is well under way, both plants have still not begun testing procedures. The nature of the Kentucky stockpile makes it particularly difficult to destroy.

“They have every agent there and every weapon – rockets, artillery shells, landmines, spray tanks and aerial bombs,” said Paul Walker, a program director at Green Cross International, which has facilitated the destruction of chemical weapons in the US and Russia since the mid-1990s.

Syria claimed this week that it would sign its chemical weapons over to international control, kickstarting a process that could lead to the destruction of the type of nerve agents that were alleged to have been used by the regime in suburbs outside Damascus on 21 August.

The proposal, endorsed by Russia, has been seized on by the White House as a diplomatic path that would avert military strikes, but doubts have been raised about the technical practicalities of securing Syria’s chemical weapons and then destroying them.

The secretary of state, John Kerry, is flying to Geneva on Thursday for a two-day meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. The State Department said both diplomats would bring specialists to the meetings to discuss the “mechanics” of a programme of Syrian chemical weapons destruction.

The US and Russia have struggled to decommission their own stockpiles of weapons, built-up during decades of confrontation during the cold war. The process has taken place under the auspices the Chemical Weapons Convention – the same treaty Syria has now pledged to commit to.

Enforcement of the convention is overseen by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is based at The Hague. The OPCW provided the scientists who conducted recent United Nations weapons inspections in Damascus and, if Syria were to commit to destroying its stockpiles, would oversee and verify the process.

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The Times of Israel

Israel built chemical weapons stockpile, CIA document indicates

US intel report says spy satellites discovered facilities which may have been used to develop and store nerve agents

September 10, 2013, 9:28 pm
A chemical weapons stockpile (illustrative photo credit: CC BY jenspie3, Flickr)

A chemical weapons stockpile (illustrative photo credit: CC BY jenspie3, Flickr)

A newly discovered CIA document indicates that Israel likely built up its own chemical weapons arsenal.

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Intelligence circles in Washington believe that Israel amassed a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons decades ago to complement its nuclear arsenal, Foreign Policy reported Monday on its website.

Information about Israel’s chemical weapons production appears in a secret 1983 CIA intelligence estimate obtained by Foreign Policy.

American spy satellites in 1982 uncovered “a probable CW (chemical weapon) nerve agent production facility and a storage facility… at the Dimona Sensitive Storage Area in the Negev Desert,” the CIA document reported. “Other CW production is believed to exist within a well-developed Israeli chemical industry.

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Syria: Who else hasn’t signed up to the chemical weapons treaty?

Egypt, North Korea, Angola, South Sudan, Israel and Myanmar haven’t ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, and Russia and the US haven’t met their obligations under the convention. So what power does the CWC have?

New Statesman
UN arms experts inspect the site where rockets had fallen in Damascus’ eastern Ghouta suburb on August 28, 2013, during an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons strike. Photo: Getty

Syria’s foreign minister said on Tuesday night that the country intends to sign up to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and would halt its production of chemical arms, allow weapons inspectors in and disclose details of its chemical weapon stockpile.

The Chemical Weapons Convention was adopted by member states in 1992 and came into force in 1997. Signatories pledge not to use chemical weapons, to halt any trade or production of chemical weapons and to destroy their stockpile within ten years of signing. Syria is not the only state that has refused to sign the convention. Four other states, Angola, Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan have not signed up, and Israel and Myanmar signed the convention but never ratified it.

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