September 1, 2013

In Syria, ‘Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack’

From Mint-Press News (“an independent online news organization providing in-depth, thought-provoking analysis, reporting and political commentary on the most pressing issues facing our nation and our world including national politics, foreign affairs, energy & the environment and civil liberties through the lens of social justice and human rights.”):

Ghouta, Syria — As the machinery for a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria gathers pace following last week’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S. and its allies may be targeting the wrong culprit.

Interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders said at least 355 people had died last week from what it believed to be a neurotoxic agent, appear to indicate as much.

The U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League have accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical weapons attack, which mainly targeted civilians. U.S. warships are stationed in the Mediterranean Sea to launch military strikes against Syria in punishment for carrying out a massive chemical weapons attack. The U.S. and others are not interested in examining any contrary evidence, with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry saying Monday that Assad’s guilt was “a judgment … already clear to the world.”

However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack.

About Mint-Press’s Dale Gavlak:

… (she) currently covers the Levant region of the Middle East, contributing to the AP, National Public Radio, BBC and Mint Press News, writing on topics including politics, social issues and economic trends. Dale holds a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago.

Additional Mint-Press story:

  • Aug. 26 (“Escalation Feared In Syria Amid Threats Over Ongoing Chemical Strike Investigation”) — “Syrian government troops said that they, too, suffered from suffocation, rashes and burning in their eyes and throats while carrying out the military offensive on Saturday. They also claimed to have discovered a rebel chemical weapons stash in Jobar, near Damascus.”

Let Allah Sort It Out” seems like a plan.

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  1. I can’t remember where I read it, but I recall that there were UN inspectors in Syria keeping an eye on Assad the day that the big chemical attack occurred. A common comment was, “This would be the last day Assad would pick for an attack. It had to be the rebels.”

    Comment by GW — September 4, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

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