"Inspectors previously accused rebels of first using WMDs..."
As the political and propaganda tug of war continues between the regime of Bashir al-Assad and the al-Qaeda-allied rebels in Syria as to who exactly it was that used chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) against Syrian civilians, the German news service Deutsche Welle on Aug. 26, 2013.
Under the banner of the "Free Syrian Army," a loose confederation of Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and Hezbollah-allied groups have been seeking the overthrow of Syrian President Assad for the past two years and an estimated 100,000 deaths later.
Last week, the rebels claimed government forces loosed chemical weapons of civilians in a rebel controlled area, killing 1,000.
Without fail, the Syrian government claims it was actually the American, Saudi and Western European-backed and armed rebels who launched the deadly WMD attack.
Regardless, the Assad government has allowed UN investigators access into the embattled area of the alleged attack.
As reported by Deutsche Welle, the investigators are in country to determine whether an attack actually took place - but not who was responsible for the attack itself.
German Left Party member of parliament and former UN biological weapons inspector from 2004 to 2006, Jan van Aken stated:
The UN mission stands a good chance to clarify issues surrounding the most recent poison gas attack. By examining survivors, the inspectors in Syria can easily determine whether poison gas was used or not. They can tell within minutes.
A bit later, after the lab work is done, they can presumably say which poison was used - or if in fact this was a chemical weapons attack at all.
Last May, as reported by The Telegraph of London, England, UN inspectors in Syria claimed their investigation found it was actually the rebels of first using WMDs in the embattled West Asian nation.
"According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons, making use of sarin gas," Carla del Ponte, a former war crimes prosecutor, said in an interview with Swiss radio.