March 20, 2013

Syria and Chemical Weapons

There have been reports from multiple news agencies that chemical weapons have been used during the fighting in Syria. The allegations are coming from both sides–al Assad’s regime and the rebel forces. As of now there has been no confirmation that chemical weapons were actually used during the morning of the March 19th attack.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, medical sources have confirmed the death of 26 people by a rocket falling on the town of Khan al-Asal, 16 of the dead were regular soldiers, 10 were civilians.

Link to Reuters article

Claims state that there was chemical munitions within the rocket that was launched and that there was a strong chlorine smell coming from the impact area. Considering that the majority of deaths caused by the rocket attack were part of the Syrian regime, it is likely the attack came from rebel forces. With al-Qaeda’s presence via al-Nusra at the forefront of the fighting it is likely they were/are the source of the chemical weapons. If al-Nusra is the source of the attack they will surely be staking claim within the next couple of days.


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I served in 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment from 2003-2008. Almost four years of the time spent in 3/75 was spent in the sniper section. I am a graduate of US Army Airborne School, US Army Ranger School, US Army Sniper School, Special Forces Sniper Course, and the US Marine Corps Summer Mountain Scout Sniper Course. I have competed in the US Army International Sniper Competition as well as the US Army Small Arms Championships on three separate occasions. I currently live in Corvallis, Oregon and hold a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Oregon State University.

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  • Jokuvaan

    I bet that the russians will try to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on chemical weapons.

  • JHR

    AUNITEDPEOPLE JHR ArcticWarrior Well, it was a good run for a while....

  • AUNITEDPEOPLE

    JHR ArcticWarrior  And so it continues... Not really clandestine if the NYT is reporting it. Good job guys!

  • JHR

    ArcticWarrior No Time to find our post. Here is a recent link to Tutrkey, that I mentioned. (posted yesterday) http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=57735

  • JHR

    ArcticWarrior Tonights the night. I get to walk through the door first. Lets see what these Boyz are up to. Hafe a safe one.