Assad says he had nothing to do with attack

Comment By Bob L.
Sept. 8th 2013

I would like to know why Obama and his Administration is in such a BIG HURRY to get involved in Syria, there is some thing rotten going on some where in our Government.

To do what Obama did in Egypt, is sounding just like what he did for the Muslim Brother Hood by helping them get a foot hold and take over that Country by giving them Plains and tanks, now this is where Obama should be held for what happen there, with all the rioting and death of their people, the same goes both ways. 

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Syrian forces may have used gas without Assad’s permission: paper

Reuters
Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Angus MacSwan
09-08-2013

BERLIN (Reuters) – Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission of President Bashar al-Assad, Germany’s Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence.

Syrian brigade and division commanders had been asking the Presidential Palace to allow them to use chemical weapons for the last four-and-a-half months, according to radio messages intercepted by German spies, but permission had always been denied, the paper said.

This could mean Assad may not have personally approved the attack close to Damascus on August 21 in which more than 1,400 are estimated to have been killed, intelligence officers suggested.

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency (BND) could not be reached for comment.

Bild said the radio traffic was intercepted by a German naval reconnaissance vessel, the Oker, sailing close to the Syrian coast.

Last week the head of the BND, Gerhard Schindler, gave confidential briefings to the German parliament’s defense and foreign affairs committees. Bild said Schindler told the defense committee that Syria’s civil war could continue for years.

The chief of staff of Germany’s armed forces, General Volker Wieker, also told lawmakers the influence of al-Qaeda linked forces with within the rebels was becoming stronger and stronger.

Members of the foreign affairs committee present at the briefing told Reuters Schindler had said that although the BND did not have absolute proof Assad’s government was responsible, it had much evidence to suggest it was.

This included a phone call German spies intercepted between a Hezbollah official and the Iranian Embassy in Damascus in which the official said Assad had ordered the attack.

Germany, along with the European Union, blames the Syrian government for the attack but urged waiting for a report from U.N. weapons inspectors before any U.S.-led military response.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel repeated in an interview with Bild am Sonntag that Germany would not take part in any military intervention but that the use of chemical weapons should not go without response.

Merkel is fighting to win a third term in a federal election in two weeks. Germans are overwhelmingly opposed to military action in Syria.

 

In interview with Charlie Rose, Assad says he had nothing to do with attack

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News
09-08-2013

In an interview with Charlie Rose in Damascus Sunday, Syrian President Bashar Assad denied he had anything to do with last month’s chemical weapons attack that killed thousands of Syrians, but would not confirm or deny his regime has chemical weapons, Rose said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”


The interview, Assad’s first with an American television network in nearly two years, is scheduled to air on “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS Monday — the same day President Barack Obama is scheduled to sit down with six different television networks, including PBS, to make his case to for a U.S. strike against Syria.

According to CBS News president David Rhodes, Rose interviewed Assad in Damascus and then traveled to Beirut where he spoke with CBS’ Bob Schieffer by phone.

According to Rose, Assad again suggested Syrian rebels may have had something to do with the Aug. 21 attack on the Syrian people.

He denied he knew there was a chemical attack, Rose said, and added that there is not enough evidence to make a conclusion judgment.

Assad, he said, told him there is “no evidence I used chemical weapons against my own people.”

In a statement to Yahoo News, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan scoffed at Assad’s comments.

“It doesn’t surprise us that someone who would kill thousands of his own people, including hundreds of children with poison gas, would also lie about it,” Meehan said.

Earlier Sunday, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough warned that if Congress refuses to back the president’s plan, it would send a bad signal to the rest of the Middle East.

“Everybody agrees that on August 21st, Assad used chemical weapons against his own people,” McDonough said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”

“So the question facing Congress this week is a very simple one — should there be consequences for his having used gases, chemical weapons, to kill more than 1,000 of his own people, including more than 400 children?” he continued. “The answer to that question will be followed closely in Tehran, the answer to that question will be followed closely in Damascus, the answer to that question will be followed very closely by members of Lebanese Hezbollah. So this is a big, big question and a big week for Congress to address that, uh, very fundamental national security issue.”

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