Syria says 'terrorists' will strike Europe with chemical weapons

DAMASCUS Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:56am EDT

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DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday that the United States, Britain and France helped "terrorists" use chemical weapons in Syria, and that the same groups would soon use them against Europe.

Speaking to reporters outside the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus, Faisal Maqdad said he had presented U.N. chemical weapons inspectors with evidence that "armed terrorist groups" had used sarin gas in all the sites of alleged attacks.

"We repeat that the terrorist groups are the ones that used (chemical weapons) with the help of the United States, the United Kingdom and France, and this has to stop," he said. "This means these chemical weapons will soon be used by the same groups against the people of Europe," he added.

(Reporting by Marwan Makdesi; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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Malachy wrote:
The Syrian government should immediately seek a mandate from the UN Assembly to allow an international peace keeping force to restore order in their country.

Scaremongering will not win them friends when the solution to the problem lies in their own hands.

Aug 28, 2013 9:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PLT2 wrote:
Nobody believes you!

Aug 28, 2013 9:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
VultureTX wrote:
Congrats Faisal Maqdad you just gave a motive for launching a gas attack on your own people. As cover/pretext for Syria launching state sponsored “terrorist” attacks on Europe. Since you also claim that the Syrian Army is in control of all those chemical weapon sites, the only WMD user has to be the Syrian govt.

/I like the call in UN peacekeeper troops to force a cease fire. It would also stop the NATOs forces from doing air strikes with the UN BLUEs on the ground. end result low level sunni-shiite killing for decades but no more large conflict.

Aug 28, 2013 9:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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