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Kerry: US has sarin gas proof

2013-09-01 16:58

Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry is asserting the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and says the "case is building" for a military attack.

A day after President Barack Obama stepped back from his threat to launch an attack, Kerry says in a series of interviews on the Sunday News shows that the administration learned of the sarin use through samples of hair and blood provided to Washington by first responders in Damascus.

Kerry also says he is confident that Congress will give Obama its backing for a military strike against Syria. But the former senator also says the president has authority to act on his own if Congress doesn't give its approval.

Congress is scheduled to return from a summer break on 9 September.

Comments
  • Michael Moolman - 2013-09-01 17:12

    Yes! The same kind of evidence of chemical weapons that Iraq possessed.

      Clifton Evans - 2013-09-01 17:23

      What is your source to support this claim? Do you have special access to intelligence?

      goyougoodthing - 2013-09-01 18:00

      They know it's Saran gas because they gave it to the rebels :-) Kerry, just stop with the lies. Your government already looks foolish.

      WE Werner - 2013-09-01 18:14

      Clifton , if you google it , same source: Israel intelligence

      Jay Jay - 2013-09-01 18:30

      Déjà vu.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 18:38

      WMD's were in fact found in Iraq. There is no doubt Saddam Hussein used them. Just ask the Kurds. Tens of thousands of innocent people, including women and children, were gassed by him. Not to say that the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. That was a Cheney/Rumsfeld orchestrated event. Thankfully neither of them are in the White House any longer.

      Jon Low - 2013-09-01 20:32

      No WMD's were found in Iraq. Just plain ordinary weapons as one might find in any sovereign nation's defence arsenals.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 21:21

      Jon, I recommend visiting the Kurds in Northern Iraq before making such an ill-informed and heartless statement. Furthermore, was the brutal Apartheid regime also worthy of the status of sovereignty, which is what you ascribe to the similarly unelected tyrannical Hussein regime?

      Willem Daniel Venter - 2013-09-01 21:42

      An interesting video surfacing; always some fool with an I-phone filming when he should not be :-) http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/weapons/us-contractors-cited-for-syrian-chem-attacks-iphone-video.html

  • WE Werner - 2013-09-01 17:29

    Question is who used it ?

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 18:40

      The answer is obvious. The US is able to see almost everything from its satellites. Its focus is now much clearer and more precise, after ten years of honing.

      Jon Low - 2013-09-01 20:36

      Those numberplate reading satellites are the same ones that "saw" Saddam's WMD's -- which never existed. US surveillance capacity is wildly over-exaggerated. And US politicians are very easy to sucker by the military/defence boffins. Kerry and Obama are just as naive and gullible as Bush and Rumsfeld. There's one born every minute.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 21:25

      And unfortunately you're one of them. Naive and gullible. Also sadly ill-informed. The unelected tyrant Saddam Hussein gassed tens of thousands of Kurds in Northern Iraq. The number of unmarked graves discovered by international investigators after his removal was over 500,000. Did you support or at least enable Apartheid too? Cheney and Rumsfeld are no longer in the White House. Thankfully.

      Heinrich J Van Vuuren - 2013-09-02 08:37

      Saddam gassed the Kurds in 1988 with weapons he got from the US, in support of his war against Iraq. That is well known fact. They invaded Iraq for the possession of weapons they supplied. The US supplied weapons to the Taliban during the Soviet invasion. Weapons they claimed were used in terrorist attacks against the US. Turned out that the Taliban were not involved in 9/11, it was Al Qaeda. Its very possible that the US provided the rebels with chemical weapons as well, to stage the attack to give the US reason to enter the war in Syria. And Hosni, this may come as a disappointment to you, but the US and Israel supplied the Apartheid government with weapons and technical support during the Angolan civil war.

  • damonleff - 2013-09-01 17:50

    It was not an "attack" at all! Rebels admitted to accidentally setting off a sarin explosion. Of course the facts will be ignored because the U.S. wants to go to war with Syria. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/syrian-rebels-used-sarin-nerve-gas-not-assads-regi/#ixzz2d3lMuBDE There are between 6000 and 10 000 Al Qaeda militants in Syria fighting against the Assad regime. In other words, the U.S. will be fighting alongside its alleged number one enemy (remember George Bush's 'War against Terror' targeted directly at Al Qaeda, the illegal invasion of Irag and Afghanistan, and ongoing drone strikes against Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere) to implement regime change in Syria.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 18:42

      Like you know, from your laptop. The idea that the US wants to go to war with Syria is also disconnected from reality. It has done nothing in two years. That's hardly "wanting to go to war with Syria".

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 18:44

      Furthermore, the US is extremely split on intervening. You should inform yourself more, before jumping to conclusions.

      goyougoodthing - 2013-09-01 19:24

      Hosni you're clearly a US lover, which means you support the biggest international terrorist agency of all time - Washington.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 19:31

      Yours is a twisted world. It's therefore pleasing that you disagree with me.

      Jonathan Crossland - 2013-09-01 20:59

      @hosni your name is fake, like your obvious stooge comments. We dint need US paid commenters. I cant think of any other reason other than perhaps you are that ignorant of facts, morals and conscience. The US will have "evidence", no mattet what.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 21:26

      Who's we? I think you mean you.

      Douglas Hollis - 2013-09-02 00:04

      And now even a former president of Iran has acknowledged that the regime was responsible for the chemical attacks. AKA, war crimes. This in addition to Middle Eastern countries like Turkey and the Arab League. But oh yeah...that kinda destroys the narrative that it's all been lies like the WMD in Iraq, just another sinister plot by the Western imperialist nations trying to invade another Muslim country. Then again...why let facts stand in our way.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-02 00:19

      And those Middle Eastern countries are only now starting to free themselves from tyrannical dictatorships. Yet many outside observers, who have not been through what they're going through blame the freer countries for the tyranny. All too tragically sad and stupid.

  • George Slade - 2013-09-01 18:03

    Lets send a few 22 yr old War Veterans from the blunt spear of the Nation. Give them all red Berets & Malema can be the Leader.THEN USA can Bomb.

      Alexia Saraiva - 2013-09-01 18:29

      @George, Lol! We all know that Malema & followers are several hundreds years behind in politics.

  • Pope John Paul - 2013-09-01 18:31

    Should we not be asking Syria to prove that they did not use chemical weapons? Why don't they do everyone a favour and prove that they are innocent? Surely that will bring this whole thing to a speedy end?

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 18:43

      That's like asking Pik Botha, PW Botha and the Apartheid regime to prove it was not torturing and killing anti-Apartheid activists.

      Graziella - 2013-09-01 19:06

      In law and justice, it is not the accused who must prove his innocence but the accusers who must prove his guilt.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 19:19

      In your world Graziella, Nelson Mandela is an agent of the West. How on Earth did you prove that?

  • Ayanda M Masina - 2013-09-01 18:48

    He he he the US intelligence had proof of WMD's in 2003 and Iraq was bombed! Today they have proof of Sarin gas I bet they also have proof who gassed the people, obviously they support rebels so they traced it to Assad's hands conveniently, let them Attack Syria and there will be serious consequences, that's a fact!!!

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 19:21

      WMD's were in fact found in Iraq. There is no doubt Saddam Hussein used them. Just ask the Kurds. Tens of thousands of innocent people, including women and children, were gassed by him. Not to say that the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. That was a Cheney/Rumsfeld orchestrated event. Thankfully neither of them are in the White House any longer. Democracies are far more flexible than autocracies. They learn quicker. If anything the mistakes of Iraq are weighing heavily against the US, and in this instance the Syrian people who would benefit from its help against an unelected, minority dictator using their resources against them.

      Jon Low - 2013-09-01 20:39

      There were no WMDs. Zero. Bush and Rumsfeld are on record as publically admitting it.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 21:27

      Again, I recommend you look a little further. You're laboring under a mis-perception and wrong information. Stale really.

      Heinrich J Van Vuuren - 2013-09-02 08:41

      "You're laboring under a mis-perception and wrong information. Stale really." Right back at you, Hosni

  • Graziella - 2013-09-01 19:07

    President Putin has called on the US to present its supposed evidence to the UN Security Council. That call has fallen on deaf ears!

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 19:23

      Again, you believe Nelson Mandela is a fake. That's your lens on the world. Here you are supporting a neo-Soviet, ex-KGB officer who has openly been arming the unelected, minority dictator Assad killing his own people. Did you support Apartheid too?

      Jon Low - 2013-09-01 20:41

      Mandela has nothing to do with it. She's right -- Putin HAS issued the challenge and Obama/Kerry are unable to meet it. Two liar-presidents in a rown from the USA.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 21:29

      Graziella believes Nelson Mandela is a fake leader and an agent of the West. This has everything to do with her extremely faulty view of the world.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-02 00:23

      Graziella believes Nelson Mandela is stooge of the West and he supports the neo-Soviet, ex-KGB officer Putin who knows little to nothing about human rights and democracy. He supports the Chinese regime too that thinks nothing about torturing and killing Buddhist monks. Go figure.

      Heinrich J Van Vuuren - 2013-09-02 09:00

      Hosni, maybe you should cease with the character assassination of other commentators who hold a different view than you and stick to the subject under debate. You and King Kev have these extremely emotional outbursts, with little substance. You present few facts, and no arguments. You keep on regurgitating the same cliche's.

  • Graziella - 2013-09-01 19:18

    Just look at those eyes, pure evil!

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 19:32

      You're looking at the terror and madness in yours.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 21:29

      This is the level of your analysis and perspective?

  • Bilal Jasat - 2013-09-01 20:18

    Lies Lies and more lies from these political puppets.

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-01 21:48

      Your region of the world, the Middle East, is in fact the one that is riddled with unelected dictators who treat their citizens like puppets. So it makes sense that you see the world the way you do. The problem is you're projecting that view into everyone, including those leaders who are democratically elected.

  • Jon Low - 2013-09-01 20:29

    WMD chapter 2. The Phantom Weapons.

  • Immanuel Willemse - 2013-09-01 20:50

    chemical attack!!! oh my word, .., a ssad thing indeed.

  • Jonathan Crossland - 2013-09-01 21:01

    @hosni your comments and who you are , is very transparent. You must have missed that second lesson at US propaganda school

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-09-02 00:30

      You're enabling, even supporting an unelected, minority dictator handed power by his father who has just gassed 1,400 people, including 100's of children. His father did the same thing.

  • Maru Sebata - 2013-09-01 23:40

    USA is wasting time! Hit Assad immediately! Whether his symphathisers protest naked let him pay! Stop mass killing now!

  • Mark Russell - 2013-09-02 04:13

    All of you people pushing for the strikes on Syria are throwing out insults and starting that nobody else knows what is going on, backing calls by putin for the evidence is being equated to supporting Putin unconditionally. This lack of patience and flexibility is what costs the lives of innocent people. The problem with the US is that they have been caught blatantly lying to the world to affect military action too many times so now nobody believes them. Regardless of how you see the history of Russia, the call for the evidence to be presented can not be dismissed or disqualified. If the proof is there then let us all see it. Surely this could only help gain sporty for such action. ... unless the proof is not actually very compelling at all. ... just a thought

  • Shiraz Dada - 2013-09-02 07:59

    just like the evidence of mass destruction that they couldnt find in Iraq . Typical US arrogance and bullying tactics.

  • Heinrich J Van Vuuren - 2013-09-02 08:26

    Still does not prove who used it, Mr Kerry.

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