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« on: April 12, 2014, 03:42:38 pm »
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http://news.yahoo.com/syria-rebels-government-report-poison-gas-attack-143934868.html

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Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, blaming each other for an attack that reportedly injured scores of people.

Details of the attack Friday in Kfar Zeita, a village in Hama province some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Damascus, remained sketchy Saturday night.

But online videos posted by rebel activists showed pale-faced men, women and children gasping for breath at a field hospital, suggesting an affliction by some kind of poison in a conflict that's seen hundreds killed by chemical weapons.

The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said the poison gas attack hurt dozens of people, though it did not identify the gas used.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group that relies on a network of on-the-ground volunteers, said the gas attack happened during air raids that left heavy smoke over the area. It reported that people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems after the attack, but gave no further details.

State-run Syrian television blamed members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front rebel group for using what it described as chlorine gas in an attack it said killed two people and injuring more than 100. The TV report claimed the Nusra Front is preparing for another chemical attack against the Wadi Deif area in the northern province of Idlib, as well as another area in Hama. The government station did not explain how it knew the Nusra Front's plans.
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2014, 03:57:28 pm »
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If true and done by the government, it makes the case for intervention again. The Russian negotiated 'deal' would have done nothing and it is clear the political process has completely broken down.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2014, 03:58:29 pm »
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Either it's government, either it's Turkey.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014, 04:33:38 pm »
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There is no real reason for the government to be using gas now.  They're winning the military fight and it would be stupid to reopen the possibility of Western air strikes.  Plus, their Iranian backers are fairly strongly anti-gas due to being on the receiving end of such attacks during the Iran-Iraq War.  That isn't to say that an idiot on the government side might not have authorized the use of gas, as there are plenty of idiots in the world, but it would be far more sensical for this to be false flag operation by the Islamists trying to draw in support.  The only side I'm certain wasn't responsible is the secular portions of the opposition.  They haven't shown either the ruthlessness or the competence needed to pull something like this off.
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