It appears that the Saudis supplied poison gas weapons to the rebels, but didn't explain what they were or how to use them. The rebels are charging the Saudis with supplying the chemical weapons.
From separate source, it appears that the Russians blame the Saudis for much of the Syrian conflict. It is unclear if they see the Saudis as acting on their own behalf, or as tools of the US, Britain, France and Israel.
In any event, I read that that Russia intends to attack Saudi Arabia as retaliation should the US or associates attack Syria. I am guessing that an attack on the oil fields would really hurt, sending the price of oil and gas to never-before-seen levels.
Breaking news: Rebels admit gas attack result of mishandling chemical weapons
* Chemical Attack<http://www.examiner.com/topic/chemical-attack
>Dothan Christianity Examiner<http://www.examiner.com/christianity-in-dothan/joseph-parker
August 30, 2013
In a report that is sure to be considered blockbuster news, the rebels told Mint Press Reporter Yahya Ababneh they are responsible for the chemical attack<http://www.examiner.com/topic/chemical-attack
> last week.
In that report rebels allegedly told said Ababneh the chemical attack was a result of mishandling chemical weapons.
This news should deflate the accusations, against the Assad<http://www.examiner.com/topic/assad
> regime, coming from the U.S., Britain, France and the Arab League.
Since the chemical attacks last week, the Assad government was immediately blamed. On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said: That Assad�s guilt was �a judgment already clear to the world," according totheguardian.com<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/26/john-kerry-syria-statement-full-transcript
As a result of Assad's government being blamed for the chemical attacks, five U.S. warships<http://www.examiner.com/article/destroyers-stationed-off-the-coast-of-syria-assad-warns-u-s-not-to-intervene
> are now stationed offSyria<http://www.examiner.com/topic/syria
>'s coast. These destroyers<http://www.examiner.com/article/u-s-warships-off-syrian-coast-are-part-of-options-for-all-contingencies
> are poised to deliver cruise missiles in a strike that is due to begin any time now. According to the report on Mint Press there have been several interviews conducted with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital.
The interviews were conducted by Ababneh of residents, rebels and their families in Damascus and Ghouta are putting together a different picture of what happened. Many believe that rebels received chemical weapons provided through the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. It's being reported that these weapons are responsible for last week's gas attack.
The father of a rebel who was killed in what's now being called an accident by many in Ghouta and Damascus said: "My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,� said Abu Abdel-Moneim. The father said at least 12 rebels including his son were killed by the chemical weapons.
Allegedly they were killed in the tunnel that was used to store the chemicals. These were provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha. He is said to be leading a fighting battalion in the effort to unseat Assad. The weapon was described as a "tube-like structure" by Abdel-Moneim.
Ababneh reports that the rebels said the gas "attack" was the result of them mishandling the chemical weapons they acquired from the Saudis<http://www.examiner.com/topic/saudis
>. She says in the Mint Press report the following:
"They didn�t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,� complained a female fighter named �K.� �We didn�t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.�
When Saudi Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people, he must give them to those who know how to handle and use them,� she warned. She, like other Syrians, do not want to use their full names for fear of retribution."
Ababneh continues in her report: "A well-known rebel leader in Ghouta named �J� agreed. �Jabhat al-Nusra militants do not cooperate with other rebels, except with fighting on the ground. They do not share secret information. They merely used some ordinary rebels to carry and operate this material.
We were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions, �J� said."
The humanitarian agency, Doctors Without Borders, reported that around 355 people had died from what was believed to be a neurotoxic agent. They reportedly treated 3,600 people with symptoms of, frothing at the mouth, respiratory distress, convulsions and blurry vision.
According to the report dozens of rebels said they were receiving salaries from the Saudis.
It's said that Bandar was educated in the U.S. both military and collegiate. He is also said to have "served as a highly influential Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., and the CIA totally loves this guy."
Prince Bandar's intelligence agency is said to have been the first to bring allegations that Assad's regime used Sarin gas in Feb.
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