Farage: Syria rebels 'more than likely' behind gas attacks

Ukip's Nigel Farage has claimed it was "more than likely" that Syrian rebels, not pro-Assad forces, were responsible for chemical attacks. He made the comments ahead of his second Euope debate with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, which polls said he won.

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ITV News political team's take on Europe debate

ITV News' Political Editor Tom Bradby, Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship and Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen have given tweeted their thoughts on the second debate on Europe between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage:


Poll for Guardian: 69% think Farage won EU debate

An ICM poll for the Guardian newspaper found that 69% people thought Nigel Farage won tonight's debate.

Guardian news editor Dan Sabbagh tweeted:

The exact question posed was:

Putting aside your own party preference and only basing your answer on what you saw or heard during the debate, as far as you are concerned which one of the two leaders do you think won the debate?


Nigel Farage on Putin: I don't like the man

Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have clashed over British foreign policy regarding Ukraine, Russia and Syria.

Mr Farage also attempted to clarify comments he made about Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying he admired him "as an operator" but not as a man.

Farage: Syria rebels 'more than likely' behind gas attacks

In an interview with BBC News, Ukip leader Nigel Farage said it was "more than likely" that it was Syrian rebels, not pro-Assad forces, responsible for chemical attacks in the country.

Asked about comments he made recently in support of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Mr Farage said:

We were about to go to war in Syria because poison gas - sarin gas - had been used, and everybody in London and Washington and Brussels assumed it had been used by Assad.

And Putin said, 'Hang on a second, don't be so sure.'

It turns out it's more than likely it was the rebels that used the gas.

If Putin hadn't intervened, we would now be at war in Syria.

United Nations human rights investigators said that evidence suggested that those responsible for March 2013 attacks in Damascus "likely had access to the chemicals weapons stockpile of the Syrian military."

Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage set for second TV debate

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Ukip's Nigel Farage go head-to-head for the second time tonight in a televised debate on the UK's membership in Europe.

Polls suggested Farage "beat" the Deputy Prime Minister during the first clash last week, which included debating immigration figures and the number of laws from Brussels.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg faced off in the first debate last week. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Ukip membership is said to have surged over 25,000 in last Wednesday's LBC Radio-hosted debate last Wednesday.

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