Syria Chemical Weapons Attack: An Open Source Investigation

04/09/2018329 Comments

No sooner has the idea of a US withdrawal from Syria been floated than Assad launched a chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus…or so we are being asked to believe. But this is not the first time we have been lied to about chemical weapons claims. What is the evidence about this situation, and what are the latest developments with regard to the international response? Corbett Report members are asked to contribute to this open source investigation by posting information and links about this breaking news event.

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  1. HomeRemedySupply ( User Karma: 38 ) says:

    I wake up this morning and find this video. Geez!
    My thanks to James for not only giving us the brief, but also for showing the context of past repeated incidents from the same “playbook”.

    1. I Shot Santa ( User Karma: 96 ) says:

      Let us also not forget the last time ended with revelations that Syria was fore-warned of the Tomahawk missiles, and they did no damage to the airfield. And of course, a de-escalation of the area which has resulted in Syria kicking a lot of butt all over Syria. Trump is a master of creating chaos, and then ultimately getting several somethings that tend to stupefy the public. However, by placing so much faith in the competence of the military; one has to worry over his faith in the automaton. JimBob who himself once tried to start a war cuz he was getting tired of waiting.

      1. Duck ( User Karma: 12 ) says:

        Our legions are brim-full, our cause is ripe.
        The enemy increaseth every day.
        We, at the height, are ready to decline.
        There is a tide in the affairs of men,
        Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
        Omitted, all the voyage of their life
        Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

        If the US petrodollar is possibly on the decline and Israel is facing all kinds of problems that will weaken it then they and their allies in the Government will prob feel like they really NEED to have their war now rather then later when their weaker.
        I wonder if the situation is like pre WW2 when the Japanese Navy and Army had very different plans on who they should hit (US or Russians) MAybe the Middle east hawks are being held back and thwarted by Far East hawks

  2. Corbett ( User Karma: 38 ) says:

    Russian Defense Ministry now officially blaming Israel for strike on T-4 airfield in Homs:

    “On April 9, in the period between 3.25 a.m. and 3.53 a.m. Moscow Time two F-15 aircraft of Israel’s Air Force delivered a strike with eight guided missiles on the T-4 airfield without entering Syria’s airspace from Lebanon’s territory,” the ministry said.

    The Syrian air defenses destroyed five guided missiles. Three missiles reached the western part of the airfield. No Russian advisers are among the casualties.

  3. manbearpig ( User Karma: 24 ) says:

    Sorry, embarassed to admit I’m so not up to speed on this issue and info below probably not helpful as it’s in French (and can’t participate too much today) but essentially

    local people of Hammuriyah (eastern Ghouta) questioned about chemical attacks had not heard about any attack taking place in their town.

    “…Selon M.Konachenkov, les journalistes russes, arabes et occidentaux qui étaient présent jeudi dans un couloir humanitaire de la Ghouta orientale ont interrogé des habitants de Hammuriyah sur une attaque chimique présumée qui aurait été menée dans leur ville. «Aucun habitant de Hammuriyah n’en a entendu parler», a précisé le porte-parole…”

    Essentially, the head of the Russian center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties in Syria says a cease-fire and evacuation agreement between the Russian Defense Minister and the radical group Jaych al-Islam proves that there were no attacks using chemical weapons in Ghouta and that any such claims are patently false:

    “…Cet accord souligne qu’il n’y a pas eu de recours aux armes chimiques, selon Youri Evtouchenko, chef du Centre russe pour la réconciliation des parties en conflit en Syrie.
    «Cela souligne encore une fois qu’aucune arme chimique dans cette localité n’a été utilisée et que toutes les allégations à l’encontre des troupes gouvernementales de la part de l’Occident ne sont rien d’autres que fausses», a fait savoir le général Youri Evtouchenko…”

    Fawkes news (whose credibility I cannot vouch for) provided the above links and speaks about predictable false flag operation of alleged chemical attacks:

    dimanche 8 avril 2018
    “…False flag: comme prévu, les islamistes en perdition accusent la Syrie d’une nouvelle attaque chimique. Selon Trump, Al Assad devra «payer le prix fort»…”

    Of course France has said it will assume its purported responsabilities involved in these new attacks…

    1. I Shot Santa ( User Karma: 96 ) says:

      This is my first time hearing of it as well. I’d say that it won’t work on the people, but honestly I think that most people have decided to quit caring anymore. But, I am definitely interested in finding out more. Sometimes I think these charades are just an IQ test of the people. JimBob who lives in the bible belt and so never likes those crazy end-timers to get a chance to talk about the bear and the chosen ones. Aaargh!

  4. Corbett ( User Karma: 38 ) says:

    There will be an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council today (April 9) to discuss the attack and response “called for by the United States, France, Britain, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Peru, and Ivory Coast.”

    Also, Trump and Macron have pledged a “strong, joint response” to the incident in an April 8 phone call.

  5. Corbett ( User Karma: 38 ) says:

    US State Department’s official response on the incident:

    “The Assad regime and its backers must be held accountable and any further attacks prevented immediately. Russia, with its unwavering support for the regime, ultimately bears responsibility for these brutal attacks, targeting of countless civilians, and the suffocation of Syria’s most vulnerable communities with chemical weapons. By shielding its ally Syria, Russia has breached its commitments to the United Nations as a framework guarantor. It has betrayed the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118. Russia’s protection of the Assad regime and failure to stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria calls into question its commitment to resolving the overall crisis and to larger non-proliferation priorities.”

    Russian Foreign Ministry response:

    “The spread of bogus stories about the use of chlorine and other poisonous substances by (Syrian) government forces continues. Yet another such fabricated piece of information about an alleged chemical attack in Douma appeared yesterday,” the ministry said in a statement.

    “We have warned several times recently against such dangerous provocations. The aim of such deceitful speculation, lacking any kind of grounding, is to shield terrorists … and to attempt to justify possible external uses of force.”

  6. Leslie ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    We all knew this was coming, it probably would have happened sooner but RT reporting that a false flag attack was going to be carried out a couple of weeks ago obviously stalled them a bit.

    Few good articles:

    SYRIA: The Egregious Western Media ‘Chemical Weapon’ Fraud in Eastern Ghouta –

    “The ‘Chemical Weapon’ narrative has sustained the conflict in Syria with alleged attacks being attributed almost entirely to the Syrian government, the Syrian Arab Army and Russia. The seven year information war has been ferocious with NATO-aligned media, think tanks and self appointed experts such as Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat doing all in their power to reinforce the “Syria did it” narrative.”

    New Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Being Reported By All The Usual Suspects –

    “So to be clear, we’re being asked by these people to believe that Bashar al-Assad launched a “mass casualty chemical attack”, the thing which would provoke the wrath of the US war machine, just as Trump was seeking a withdrawal from Syria and just as Assad was approaching victory in Douma. We are being asked to ignore the fact that the area is crawling with actual, literal terrorists, to ignore the western empire’s extensive history of using lies, propaganda and false flags to manufacture support for military aggression, to ignore the extremely suspicious western funding and terrorist ties of the White Helmets who are circulating these photos and information, and to ignore the fact that Syria has been a target of imperialist regime change for many years. We are being asked to ignore all that and believe instead that Assad spontaneously began acting against his own self-interest so that he could kill children for no discernible reason.

    It says so much about the power of western media psyops that this has a strong chance of being believed.”

    Moscow calls ‘chemical attack’ in Douma ‘fake news,’ warns against Syrian intervention –

    “The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the latest reports about a chemical attack that allegedly affected dozens of civilians in the militant-controlled town of Douma. It said the reports were another example of a “continuous series of fake news about the use of chlorine and other chemical agents by the government forces.””

    1. Leslie ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      No trace of chemical weapons at alleged attack site in Douma – Russian military –

      “The Russian military has found no trace of chemical weapons use after searching parts of Syria’s Douma allegedly targeted by an “attack.” Photos of victims posted by the White Helmets are fake, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.
      Experts in radiological, chemical and biological warfare, as well as medics, on Monday inspected the parts of the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma, where an alleged chemical attack supposedly took place on Saturday, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said in a statement.”

      1. I Shot Santa ( User Karma: 96 ) says:

        The same tired False Flag event being played over and over and over? Why would anyone use a tactic that has failed every time in the past? While we are that stupid, it does invite the question of who benefits from an obviously fake false flag attack. Or why? This just gets more interesting. JimBob from fluorida thinks that the world is much ado about nothing some days.

    2. Leslie ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Another good article & a video:

      Don’t drink the Kool-Aid! West promoting chemical false flags as pretext for military action –

      “The most recent attack, which screams ‘false flag’ like no other, comes as no surprise to many observers. Russia was sounding the alarm last month that US instructors were actively training militants for a “chemical provocation” that would be used as a pretext for carrying out an attack on the Syrian government (Syrian doctors, meanwhile, said they had not received victims with signs of chemical poisoning from Douma, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said no evidence has been found of a chemical weapons attack).”

      Video from Ron Paul & Daniel McAdams

      Another False Flag – Will Trump Escalate In Syria? –

    3. Leslie ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Some more good articles:

      Trump’s Syria “Withdrawal” Was Textbook US Deception –

      “Reading through the 2009 Brookings document, the US has gone through all possible options prepared for Iran – but against Syria – several times over, but to no avail. Even the prospect of Balkanizing Syria appears tenuous. An attempt to revisit accusations of “WMDs” yet again, signals desperation across Western policy circles.”

      Syrians Rejoice as Jaish al-Islam Capitulates – Mainstream Media Pushes Chemical Weapons Meme Instead –

      “Unoriginally, the well-oiled propaganda machine once again turned to the long ago-debunked claim that the Syrian government likes to gas its own people with chemical weapons, conveniently always just at the moment whenever it is on the brink of a huge political or military victory.”

      Another Chemical Attack in Syria: But Why Is the Corporate Media Missing Crucial Points? –

      “”So we come to the terrible conclusion that the corporate media are relying on two organizations which are ideologically inspired and/or aligned with Al-Qaeda. Yes, let us repeat that again, the main source for the corporate media are two organizations aligned with Al-Qaeda.”

      The False Flag Attack in Syria Finally Arrives –

      “The discovery near Douma of a chemical laboratory filled with containers of chlorine and equipment designed to produce chemical weapons stalled the planned false flag and showed rock solid evidence of the possession and capacity of terrorists forces to use chemicals which could be weaponized. The discovery should have been a game changer in the broader narrative of who has and is using chemical weapons in Syria, but, true to form, the MI6/CIA loyalist media and leading western governments ignored it. It may as well not have been discovered, with no difference in attitude and coverage that it made.”

      State Dept Accuses Russia And Syria Of Gassing Civilians Before Any Investigation –

      “Remember: they wouldn’t be working so hard to manufacture your consent for these strategic power grabs if they didn’t need your consent. Refuse to be bullied and manipulated into handing it over to them.”

      1. scpat ( User Karma: 4 ) says:

        “Remember: they wouldn’t be working so hard to manufacture your consent for these strategic power grabs if they didn’t need your consent.”

        This is a great point. Although it doesn’t prove who did it, it is very telling and 99.9% of the time holds true.

  7. VoiceOfArabi ( User Karma: 11 ) says:

    Hello James and all the Corbetteers out there,

    I think you all doing great job on this website, especially the open investigations to further prove that governments in general (and people in power for the majority of times) will abuse power and lie and deceit (and even kill & and rape you and your women and kids if they can get away with it).

    An open investigation like this can open the eyes of people who are still in that place of not knowing who the enemy is.

    If you are above a certain age, and have traveled the world, then you will be able to see the enemy very clearly, even if you are unable to provide proof (you can certainly prove it if you consider who benefits and the trail of “results” they leave behind.)

    So, I am at a position to really understand the games played by people in power behind the USA and European Elite and between the other side of the coin and the other side of the planet.

    So, my question is. For those people who already know (let us call it Gut feel), that these powers are engaged in false flags all the times, and killing off people who speak out, and raping people in prisons (including USA and European prisons) and etc etc..

    For people who already proved to themselves that these people are evil… Were do we go next….

    I guess… I am asking for an open forum for the following:

    “We know that “those powers” are engaged in killing, enslaving and raping us.. What should we do next???”

    Personally. I knew who the enemy is, after my trip to Russia, Vietnam and China.

    I don’t need further proofs that USA, Europe, and all the governments in the world will practice deceit (they have to survive). I want to start talking about “What can we do about this fact!)

    Any advice or help from anyone is appreciated.

    1. WAYNED ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      When I read a bunch of loaded language, no sourcing, just vilification, I tend to stop reading. I just don’t bother with mind-control garbage that makes people think they are smart by the measure of holding disparate thoughts in the mind simultaneously. It’s deliberately convoluted and not to be understood for any number of reasons.
      Still, I may read on just to see the truth they may be hiding. Really, it’s in plain sight.
      “… in the calculus of Assad, Vladimir Putin, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The successful trio wants first and foremost to subdue the remaining rebels in Syria, with an eye toward the several million people remaining in rebel-held Idlib province. A particularly heinous death for the holdouts in Ghouta, …”

      It reads like a doctor loveless episode from the wild west show. They validate the bona fides and show the opposing team, I mean.. what are they? We certainly have lots of high level dealings with this crowd. How much of our uranium is under russian control and isn’t that thanks to Hillary?

      “After the humiliating August 2013 “non-strike event,” when Obama changed his mind about his “red line” and decided not to react to Assad’s use of chemical weapons, the Syrians had America in a box.”

      Wait a minute, who’s side is this writer on? Who is this writer challenging out “weak” leaders?

      “Trump’s Middle East policy remains a mystery. ” Just a mystery, can’t attack him yet, because it seems he’s staying in Syria.. Conveniently.

      “This most recent attack, as tragic as it is, is no turning point. It’s more of the same from Assad and his allies, as they solidify the grisly, dangerous norms that they’ve been busy enshrining since 2013.”

      Maybe that’s all it is after all, they just want to stay in Syria for now. Until something worse happens.

      But sides are drawn… Who is this empowered writer?

      1. I Shot Santa ( User Karma: 96 ) says:

        I was going to do so, but then you started threatening people with honor. Not on my watch! JimBob who is still about to click on it anyway.

        1. I Shot Santa ( User Karma: 96 ) says:

          Mkey, I only read it on a dare and it was horrifyingly hilarious! All you have to do is believe wholeheartedly that Assad absolutely loves using chemical weapons on his own people and that the Ayatollah is just rubbing his evil hands in glee. But, note how saddened they are that trumpy is just going to do nothing once again. Honey badger just don’t care, they say! Statism really is a mental disorder. It’s the only thing that can explain crazy crap like this. JimBob: Just because I’m the last sane man left don’t make me right.

          1. mkey ( User Karma: 15 ) says:

            * valor badge awarded *

            I tried finishing it, but the last few paragraphs were just too much. Maybe I need to get liquored up.

            1. I Shot Santa ( User Karma: 96 ) says:

              No. You should run far and fast instead. But it does show a sense of imagination. But nothing for an intelligent reader in this day and age. The internet has killed their construct. JimBob from fluorida who is still dealing with the trauma of that article!

  8. Corbett ( User Karma: 38 ) says:

    The chief of Russia’s general staff predicted this very scenario less than one month ago:

    US planning missile and bombing raid against Damascus — top brass

    “Militants are preparing a provocation with the use of chemical agents in Syria to justify a massive US strike against Damascus’ government neighborhoods, Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov said on Tuesday.”

    Goes on to predict that after the US makes false accusations about the false flag they will bomb Damascus’ government district, where there are Russian military officials:

    “in the event of a threat to our military servicemen’s lives, Russia’s Armed Forces will take retaliatory measures to target both the missiles and their delivery vehicles.”

    1. scpat ( User Karma: 4 ) says:

      And from April 6, just three days ago,

      Russian top brass warn al-Nusra, Free Syrian Army plotting chemical attacks in Syria

      “Jabhat al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army are planning chemical attacks with the use of chlorine in areas under their control, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.”

  9. Corbett ( User Karma: 38 ) says:

    Extremely relevant memory-holed story from two weeks ago:

    Terrorist capabilities laid bare in an Eastern Ghouta chemical lab

    “This week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated some Eastern Ghouta farmlands between Shifouniyeh and Douma and discovered a well-equipped chemical laboratory run by Saudi-backed Islamist terrorists. Not a single Western reporter showed up to investigate the facility.”

    1. russ ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Poison Gas – Weapon of Choice for “False News”

      By Global Research News

      Global Research, April 12, 2018

      Poison Gas – Weapon of Choice for “False News”

      By Peter Koenig, April 12, 2018

      The recent fake gas attack on Douma outside of Damascus, has allegedly killed 80 to 120 people, mostly women and children. Of course, that sells best in the propaganda theatre – women and children. But there is not proof, none whatsoever.

      False Flag in Syria Sets Stage for Wider War

      By Tony Cartalucci, April 12, 2018

      The US rush to conflict attempts to sidestep any meaningful investigation into the attack, fitting a larger pattern of Washington and its allies using baseless chemical weapon allegations for wars of aggression stretching back to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

      Trigger-Happy Trump and Syria: “The Worst Case Scenario Is Now Our Reality.”

      By Felicity Arbuthnot, April 12, 2018

      The discredited White Helmets – a “rescue” group only operating in areas held by “rebels” who routinely decapitate, including children, set fire to people and commit numerous unspeakable acts – have produced a video of an apparent chemical attack on 7th April.

      The Most Important U.N. Security Council Vote Ever? Alleged Syria Chemical Weapons Attack and US-NATO Plans to Invade Syria

      By Eric Zuesse, April 12, 2018

      On Tuesday, April 10th, the U.S. and France were sending missiles, ships, planes and soldiers for an invasion of Syria, which is defended by Russia; and two alternative draft proposals were presented to the U.N. Security Council for authorizing an expert investigation to be done into the alleged April 7th chemical attack in Douma in Syria, which alleged event the U.S. and France allege to be the justification for their planned invasion.

    2. kiley ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Thinking back on the videos of the children in the “treatment center” I wonder if the children are in distress because of exposure to chemicals or from being brutalized by the “rescue workers”.

    3. mik ( User Karma: 2 ) says:

      They found something that can be described as chemical facility. But then article continues:
      “They had examined the blue and black canisters and discovered chlorine …”

      Chlorine is a gas with boiling point at -30 degC. It cannot be stored in plastic canisters. Maybe some chlorine compound.
      Lets say lousy reporting.

      1. Rooster_Ninja ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        The containers pictured looks like they could hold Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach.) Which, with a little stretch you could call chlorine. Have no idea how you would make a weapon out of it… throw it in someone’s eyes?

        And you are correct to get any significant amount of chlorine gas you need to liquify it within a pressurized steel container,somewhat similar to a propane tank.

        1. mik ( User Karma: 2 ) says:

          Containers could be filled with anything almost. Since there are no warning labels I’m inclined to exclude Sodium Hypochlorite.

          With a little more stretching one can say there is chlorine in your kitchen, Sodium Chloride.

          As you noticed weaponsation of chemicals is a big problem, indeed. I see little possibility to use projectiles, that are presented in the article, as effective CW.

  10. Corbett ( User Karma: 38 ) says:

    Israel weighs in:

    Israeli officials: U.S. must strike in Syria

    “The US must attack the Assad regime in Syria in response to the alleged chemical-weapons attack in Douma, which killed dozens of people, Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on Sunday.”

    (Note the subhead: “In a switch, Trump to keep troops in Syria for now”)

    1. marvinsannes ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Hannity of FOX has “Vile Alliance” and a nice graphic of the 3 flags: Russia, Syria, Iran. “Cancel the Iran Treaty immediately”.

      Hannity nor Carlson, Monday nite, had any mention of the Gaza shootings.

      1. marvinsannes ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        Carlson did question a US Senator: “What are America’s interests in Syria?” He ask 2 more times: “You didn’t answer the question, what is our interest in Syria?” “ISIS” – the best the Senator could do.

  11. Corbett ( User Karma: 38 ) says:

    ZeroHedge have an update to their post about the apparent attack on the T4 airfield being reported on Syrian TV:

    Their update notes how the T4 airfield was specifically cited by “IDFSpokesperson” on Twitter as an operating base for Iran and the Quds Forces “with the backing of Syrian Forces.” Link to the tweet:

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