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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has given an interview to the Japanese daily Nikkei. DHA photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has given an interview to the Japanese daily Nikkei. DHA photo

The Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against rebels, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, adding that he would discuss the issue with U.S. President Barack Obama during his upcoming visit to Washington.

“We will discuss the use of chemical weapons during the meeting with President Obama. It is obvious that the al-Assad regime is using it,” Erdoğan told Japanese daily Nikkei in an interview.

“The opposition dominates on land however al-Assad uses chemical weapons, war planes and helicopters. The only field the regime is superior in is air backed operations. The regime is living its final moments but we don’t know when it will topple. This is a situation that will happen suddenly,” the prime minister said.

U.S. President Obama on Tuesday said there was evidence that chemical weapons had been used during Syria’s two-year conflict, but that it was not yet known how the chemical weapons were used, when they were used and who used them.

Washington has long said it views the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a “red line,” but wary of the false intelligence that was used to justify the 2003 war in Iraq, it has said it wants proof before taking action.


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cezer "çapulcu" skonore

5/3/2013 6:44:14 PM

mara, I am with you. There is no evidence of chemical weapon use yet, that is one. I think RTE thinks that Esad has to be ousted at once regardless of the consequences because RTE becomes the biggest looser if Esad stays. He is trying to help warmongers in the US with these unsupported allegations, that is two. Secular Syrian opposition is not organized and they don't have an important support from people. If Esad goes, the Islamist will be the most likely winner, that is three.

mara mcglothin

5/3/2013 5:34:31 PM

Thanks for the info CEZER I hadn't heard that! Makes no difference. The pictures coming out of N Iraq during "Chemical Ali's" time were fefinitive. Whole streets covered with bodies of people who didn't even know what hit them. I don't care what they are using. I would never be for the USA "meddling"into these peoples' country. That hasn't work for us in the past, and I am not confident that we could make a difference in these peoples' lives now.

Agnes Smith

5/2/2013 10:55:38 PM

But gas your own and that is alright?

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

5/2/2013 9:21:22 PM

mara: What the doctors found (in people's injuries) is also consistent with the extreme exposure to the tear gas. But, they did not have clothing samples to determine with a certainty what kind of chemical those injured people were exposed to. This is from an NPR interview with a person (presumably a doctor) involved in the examinations.

Blue Dotterel

5/2/2013 5:30:41 PM

Whatever Erdogan says, believe the opposite. That's the rule. The only ones caught using chemical weapons in Syria have been the terrorists supported by guess who?


5/2/2013 5:25:03 PM

Life in the fact-free zone. Looks like he'll have to build the Greater Kurdistan region of TC on his own.

mike alexander

5/2/2013 3:37:47 PM

Mr Erdogan, as much as we hate the dictator Asad, President Obama is a smart and fair man and he does NOT buy accusations without 100% proof ! He definitely does not want to award the terrorist chechens who blew up our people and have already started taking 2 christian priests hostages. No to mention the al kainda function in Syria. Because those may be the ones who used the chemical weapons. So please provide concrete profs before you present your arguments to our President.

mara mcglothin

5/2/2013 3:35:15 PM

BUT? didn't the doctors looking at people from Syria who they thought had been exposed to chemical weapons, find nothing??? Of course the esteemed PM would know better.
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