17 dec

Press TV – Militants behind Syria CW attack: Russia

Russia has reiterated that foreign-backed militants in Syria were behind a chemical weapons attack in August in the Arab country.
”It is absolutely obvious that on August 21 a wide scale provocation was staged” by the militants ”to provoke foreign military intervention,” said Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin on Monday following a UN Security Council meeting, AFP reported.

rt.com – US ‘manipulated public opinion,’ ignored appeals for Syria chem attack evidence – Churkin

While building up a case against the Syrian government, the US has relied on the sophisticated filtration of information and manipulation of public opinion through carefully weighted statements with no hard proof, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said.

Stephen Gowans – Under-Reported UN Investigation Points to Rebel Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

It can’t be said that the media failed to mention it altogether, because The New York Times made passing reference to it on December 12 (Chemical Arms Used Repeatedly in Syria, U.N. Says).Other media outlets did too. They just didn’t give it much coverage.
The ‘it’ was the finding of the UN inspector mission in Syria that chemical weapons were used on two occasions against Syrian soldiers and on one occasion against soldiers and civilians (presumably by insurgents.)
This is the same mission whose report on the August Ghouta incident is now widely misreported in the Western media to have strongly suggested that the Syrian army was responsible for the gassing deaths of hundreds. In fact, while the UN report concluded that a chemical weapons attack had occurred, it did not assign blame for the attack, and noted that physical evidence at the site had been manipulated, complicating whatever inferences one cared to make about who the perpetrators were.

Syriens FN-ambassadör Jafari om FN och attacken med kemiska vapen i Khan Al Asal i mars i år. En längre video, 27 min, från Jafaris presskonferens finns – HÄR

rt.com – ‘Whole families murdered’: Syrian rebels execute over 80 civilians outside Damascus

Over 80 civilians in a town northwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus have been executed by Islamist rebels, sources within the Syrian military told RT. Many others were kidnapped to be used as human shields.

Sectarian-Based Massacres and Burning Committed in Adra, Syria by Saudi-Backed Wahhabi Militants

Pepe Escobar – It’s Putin vs Bandar Bush on the Syrian chessboard

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