Thursday, May 2, 2013

Syria insists it would not use chemical weapons....But would the Rebels?

Chemical weapons are a "red line" for Syria, too, a top government official said Thursday.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said in an exclusive interview with CNN that a hard-line Islamist rebel group has used chemical weapons in the civil war, and his government "would never use" such munitions "if we had them." And, he added, "we did not use them, and there will not be a use."

"President Obama says chemical weapons are a red line," al-Zoubi said. "Then he is in direct accordance with President (Bashar al-) Assad, who also thinks that chemical weapons are a red line."

The Syrian government-run media has been hitting home its stance that "terrorists" are handling chemical weapons and then blaming the use of them on the government.