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Paris - France Says Now Certain Sarin Gas Used In Syria

Published on: June 4, 2013 01:23 PM
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian victim who suffered an alleged chemical attack at Khan al-Assal village according to SANA, receives treatment by doctors at a hospital in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/SANA, File)FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian victim who suffered an alleged chemical attack at Khan al-Assal village according to SANA, receives treatment by doctors at a hospital in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

Paris - France said on Tuesday it was certain that the nerve agent sarin had been used in Syria on several occasions following tests it carried out on samples recovered from the country.

“These tests show the presence of sarin in various samples in our possession,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement, adding that the test results had been handed to the United Nations. “France is certain that sarin gas was used several times in Syria in limited areas.”

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Earlier today, United Nations investigators said they had “reasonable grounds” to believe that limited amounts of chemical weapons had been used in Syria in a conflict where brutality was now a tactic of war.

France has been testing samples of suspected chemical weapon elements for several weeks, including some smuggled out by reporters from the French daily Le Monde.

“It would be unacceptable that those guilty of these crimes remain unpunished,” Fabius said, without specifying whether Paris was able to deduce who had used the gas.


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 Jun 04, 2013 at 01:32 PM hashomer Says:

So much for crossing the red line. The U.S. has lost credibility w Obama.

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 Jun 04, 2013 at 01:35 PM alterknaker Says:

Nu UN, old bear sleeping when needed. Get up and do something or the least to condemn this. But nooooo only when Israel def3ends itself then you stick out your fat head. Its good that you are quite now. But please make sure that you also keep your mouth shut when we DON'T ask you

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 Jun 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM Anonymous Says:

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hashomer Says:

So much for crossing the red line. The U.S. has lost credibility w Obama.

I don't suppose you bothered to read the last line of the article, the one that stated that France does not know who used the gas? Are you suggesting that we enter the civil war on both sides, just in case the other side used gas?

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 Jun 04, 2013 at 02:54 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

And a few articles earlier we find that it seems to be the REBELS using poison gas. Which side are we supposed to bomb?

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 Jun 05, 2013 at 06:28 AM Trolly_McTrollerston Says:

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Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

And a few articles earlier we find that it seems to be the REBELS using poison gas. Which side are we supposed to bomb?

while it definitely makes a difference who used the gas,
the take home message is that someone who has access to Sarin gas (likely of Syrian origin) and has shown themselves as someone willing to use it
AND either side would use it on Israel given the opportunity.

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