U.S., Russia dispute if Syrian rebels used chemical weapons

Syria’s Assad regime has accused the rebels of launching a chemical weapons attack in the two of Aleppo that killed 25 people — an accusation the rebel fighters have strongly rebuked.

President Obama has said the “red line” to which the U.S. would send forces to Syria would be the use of chemical weapons. However, it was assumed the Assad regime would be the ones using their chemical weapons stockpile, not the rebels.

A Reuters photographer in Aleppo said he could pick up the faint smell of chlorine, however, other media agencies have thus far been unable to confirm the report because of media restrictions.

The debate has extended to the U.S. and Russia. The Russian foreign ministry has said it has enough information to confirm the rebels launched the chemical attack. Of course, Russia has supported and armed Assad in his fight with the rebels.

Meanwhile, U.S. government leaders have said they have not found any evidence of a chemical attack.

“We’ve seen reports from the Assad regime alleging that the opposition has been responsible for use. Let me just say that we have no reason to believe these allegations represent anything more than the regime’s continued attempts to discredit the legitimate opposition and distract from its own atrocities committed against the Syrian people,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. “We don’t have any evidence to substantiate the regime’s charge that the opposition even has CW (chemical weapons) capability.”

In fact, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the accusations made by Assad could be an attempt to cover up his own potential attacks. Such an attack on civilians would mean the U.S. would send in troops, according to Obama’s previous statements.

Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, told the Senate Tuesday that his command has started to make plans should an attack be necessary.

“We are prepared if called upon to be engaged,” Stavridis said.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have consistently called for the U.S. to do more to quell the fighting in Syria. On Tuesday, the two Republican senators issued a statement saying the red line had been crossed and action was demanded.

That should include the provision of arms to vetted Syrian opposition groups, targeted strikes against Assad’s aircraft and SCUD missile batteries on the ground, and the establishment of safe zones inside Syria to protect civilians and opposition groups,” the statement read.

31 Comments on "U.S., Russia dispute if Syrian rebels used chemical weapons"

  1. I think we should try to convince Russia to intervene…

    Just kidding.

  2. Who knows what to believe anymore……

  3. During the Cold War it was common for the Russians to accuse us of what they were actually doing. It put us on the defensive and got us off of their case, like with WPG above. The Syrians are almost certainly getting advice from the Russians on how to deal with us.

  4. I dont put it past Islamist to use chemical weapons the rebels lack training to use them so I can see a attack not working. Both ways we got both sides are bad guys and use any WMD for them to kill all who oppose them. Maybe Blackowl18E is right let Russia clean this out.

  5. None of the issues in ANY of the worldly disputes are being resolved with negotiations. It may be time just to call a draft and declare World war 3. After all the major countries, ( including Russia, China and USA are destroyed, let the surviving countries decide the future for the planet.

    Nonetheless, I've heard reports that Iran and Hezoballah are preparing 50k troops for Syria and that Russian Marine groups are now more active in government held area's. Maybe time to offer the rebels safehaven if we are not going to help more.

  6. In WW3 when Moscow is nuked, Russia is gone, when beijing is nuked, China is gone, When Washington DC is nuked most Americans won't even notice, Most will be better off.

  7. Such silly assumptions, removing the chicom gov would not remove the chicom economy, nor USA's. A nuke war, even all out, would not destroy the world. This is a theory from the sixties (you know, you can't hug a child with nuclear arms) that is embraced by idiots i.e, journalists and academics. Speaking of theories embraced by idiots remember all the "scientists" who declared consistently and repeatedly that it was impossible to hit a bullet with a bullet? How the left's best weapon, ridicule, was brought to bear about "Star Wars"? Notice how those idiots are now wetting their pants and askijng for more protection from nukes.

  8. The sad fact is that if you don't help them someone will. Like jihadist militants, who will then recover these chemical weapons. Before you know it some subway station in a major city is on the news in the worst way.

  9. "Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have consistently called for the U.S. to do more to quell the fighting in Syria. On Tuesday, the two Republican senators issued a statement saying the red line had been crossed and action was demanded." – Article

    I am curious on their suggestions.

  10. Can't we just let another country deal with it.

  11. Lots of unpleaseant people here. Let me just say this to the palestinian troll. If the U.S. was actually guilty of all the evil in your anti-semite masturbation fantasies why would the puny ignorant palestinians even continue to exist? Nobody needs them or wants them and they would be soooo easy to eliminate.

  12. What an odd discussion. You've got restore palestine continuing to audition for the Broadway version of Team America. This fella rob that seems to think a WW3 leads anywhere other than the end of human civilization and maybe humanity period.

    How about some talk about chemical weapons in Syria and possible US involvement.

    I personally would err on the side of caution in military involvement. I do see keeping chemical weapons out of idiots hands as important, but we need to tread lightly. We don't need to get into another occupation. Rolling airstrikes to get rid of Assad's missiles, planes, and some limited airmobile/airborne ops to seize stockpiles, but no grand invasions please.

    Seems like if we just blast his planes and missiles, that would even things up with the opposition in a hurry. Plus seize the chemical weapons. We probably should have moved as soon as they started moving weapons around.

    Team Obama really backed themselves into a corner with their 'Red line' now even their lib buddies in the media are asking hard questions. Plus he's on his grand tour in the middle east so he really can't play the role of the wimp at the moment.

  13. I'm sick of us wasting time and money helping these islamofacists who have nothing but hate for us! Spend the money here! If you want to intervene somewhere, intervene in the country with the crazy dictator who has nukes and says he will launch a nuclear strike on the US. Not if, but he will.

  14. Lets not forget islamofascists were funded and trained by the yankeefascists to supply weapons and funding to the Mujahideen (you might know them as Taliban now) in the 80's. From this directly grew Al Qaeda. Its time for America to STFU and butt out, they have caused more than enough trouble and have shed more than enough innocent blood either directly or through their proxies. Read, learn and understand – or conversely just stamp about on places like this and act like the mule brains you appear to be.

  15. Regardless of whether chemical weapons are being used, we should not get involved in this civil war – it isn't our fight.

  16. Everyone in the world will come to regret a rebel takeover in Syria. They are just as mean, vicious and murdering types as are Assad's troops, maybe even moreso. And when they eventually do succeed, you will have another base for the Taliban, AlQaeda, and every other terroists group known. Women will lose all rights. Nonmuslims will be exterminated, etc. I say arm BOTH sides to the teeth and let them kill each other until noone is left. I predict that eventually the WWIII will be a muslim vs nonmuslim war. China will stay out of it.

  17. So, are we all just supposed to pretend that Wikileaks doesn't exist? We know what is actually going on in Syria, and every time someone posts one of these bull$hit propaganda pieces while pretending that we in the U.S. are unbiased observers you do nothing but ruin your own credibility.

    Look at how all of the former Iraq war hawks are swearing up and down that they opposed the war, or had reservations, or whatever else they can claim to make it seem as if they were not knowingly complicit in the lies our foreign policy has been based on for over a decade, now.

    Well, a decade from now, after those plucky rebels have overthrown the dictator Assad… only to find him replaced with hard-line Islamists even more opposed to our interference in their affairs than the nationalist regimes we are so busily replacing across the Middle East, this author will be writing pieces about how we didn't know and he was misled.

    But the fact of the matter is that he knows, now, and he wants the conflict to escalate to justify more war against the "enemy," even if we have to build our enemies from the ground up.

  18. Let them fight until there are no Syrians left.

  19. We already know that the Syrian rebels are as hostile to Israel as Assad is. They and Turkey complained that Assad didn't shoot down the Israeli jets destroying missiles bound for Hezbollah. Any military aid money should go to our real friends in Israel and not to the rebels, in my opinion.

  20. Easy solution is to do nothing until regional allies choose to fight.

    Rebels may lose but they chose to fight Assads government.

    If a group of kids were attacking teachers and the teachers subdued them all would we go in and kill the teachers? no. We'd help the kids recover, and have the teachers punished if any wrong doings were proven to happen before the fight.

    Otherwise, both sides would be given warnings & fines and have to get back to work to pay for it anyways.

    Same tactic should apply.

  21. I have come to the illogical but inevitable conclusion that a Glass City in both Iran and North Korea would put a BIG lid on all kinds of hostile groups and their whining. I think if it were done discretely and couldn't be "attributed" to any one nation, a great calm would settle over the entire Mideast. I don't believe any great power (Russia, China, France UK or any other ) would intervene. I do believe it would give anyone with world dominion on their mind pause, at least for awhile.

  22. You guys need to stop responding to trolls that come up on here and are obviously baiting you with stupid comments that don't further any conversation

  23. Guys please read this if you dont know what a troll is
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28Internet%29

  24. It is easy to tell if they used chemical weapons. You have some 27 different chances to get it right. The people who died can reveal how they were killed. It is called an autopsy.

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