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UN's Carla Del Ponte Stupefied By Syrian Opposition Sarin Use

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Published on May 6, 2013

A leading United Nations investigator says she is 'stupefied' by the testimony from victims of the Syrian conflict that rebels have used nerve agent sarin. Carla Del Ponte told Swiss TV there were "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof". She said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons. BBC reports.

CHP deputies: Gov’t rejects probe into Turkey’s role in Syrian chemical attack (todayszaman, Oct 22, 2015)
http://www.todayszaman.com/national_c...

Hezbollah says Syria to supply 'game-changing arms' (france24, May 9, 2013)
http://www.france24.com/en/20130509-h...
"Syria is to supply Lebanon's Hezbollah with "game-changing weapons" despite Israel's air strikes reportedly aimed at cutting off the flow of arms, the Shiite group's leader said on Thursday. "You Israelis say your objective is to stop the capability of the resistance (against Israel) from growing... but Syria will provide (Hezbollah) with game-changing weapons it has not had before," Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech."

UN commission downplays claim Syria rebels used sarin
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middl...
"The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has sought to distance itself from comments made by one of its members that there was evidence of the nerve gas sarin being used by rebels. Carla Del Ponte said testimony from victims and doctors had given rise to "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof". But the commission stressed that it had not reached any "conclusive findings". The US said it had no information to suggest rebel fighters had used sarin. In recent weeks, Western powers have said their own investigations have found evidence that government forces have used chemical weapons..."

UN's Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels 'used sarin'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middl...
"Testimony from victims of the conflict in Syria suggests rebels have used the nerve agent, sarin, a leading member of a UN commission of inquiry has said. Carla Del Ponte told Swiss TV that there were "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof". Ms Del Ponte did not rule out the possibility that government forces might also have used chemical weapons. Later, the commission stressed that it had "not reached conclusive findings" as to their use by any parties. "As a result, the commission is not in a position to further comment on the allegations at this time," a statement added..."

Carla Del Ponte (Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_De...

Free Syrian Army rebels defect to Islamist group Jabhat al-Nusra (guardian, May 8, 2013)
http://bit.ly/16ZIXDf
"Syria's main armed opposition group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), is losing fighters and capabilities to Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist organisation with links to al-Qaida that is emerging as the best-equipped, financed and motivated force fighting Bashar al-Assad's regime. Evidence of the growing strength of al-Nusra, gathered from Guardian interviews with FSA commanders across Syria..."


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Israel: We Do Not Hide Our Red Lines
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Syria: More Than Just A Civil War
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Syrian Opposition PM (Muslim Brotherhood Operative Hitto): Arm Us, Not Extremists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwN_YE...

Clearly Something Very Big Was Hit - Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister: Talking The Talk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzb0xZ...

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