Russia releases key findings on chemical attack in Syria

People injured in what the government said was a chemical weapons attack, breathe through oxygen masks as they are treated at a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo March 19, 2013 (Reuters / George Ourfalian)

Russia has released a 100-page report that they have handed over to the UN detailing key findings on the chemical attack in Syria.

Their experts indicated that the attack did carry the deadly nerve agent known as sarin and that it was most likely fired by the rebels.

So, what are the key points to their findings? Take a look:

• the shell used in the incident “does not belong to the standard ammunition of the Syrian army and was crudely according to type and parameters of the rocket-propelled unguided missiles manufactured in the north of Syria by the so-called Bashair al-Nasr brigade”;

• RDX, which is also known as hexogen or cyclonite, was used as the bursting charge for the shell, and it is “not used in standard chemical munitions”;

• soil and shell samples contain “the non-industrially synthesized nerve agent sarin and diisopropylfluorophosphate,” which was “used by Western states for producing chemical weapons during World War II.” via RT News

But where, if in fact the rebels did this, did they get their weapons? Was it from Saddam all those years ago when Bush said Iraq had WMD’s? There were reports that he sent them to Syria before anyone got there to look. Or, were they given by the Obama administration in their alleged weapon running scheme that unraveled during Benghazi?

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