30 dec

Robert Parry – NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis

For months, the “slam-dunk” evidence “proving” Syrian government guilt in the Aug. 21 Sarin attack near Damascus was a “vector analysis” pushed by the New York Times showing where the rockets supposedly were launched. But the Times now grudgingly admits its analysis was flawed.
The New York Times has, kind of, admitted that it messed up its big front-page story that used a “vector analysis” to pin the blame for the Aug. 21 Sarin attack on the Syrian government, an assertion that was treated by Official Washington as the slam-dunk proof that President Bashar al-Assad gassed his own people.
But you’d be forgiven if you missed the Times’ embarrassing confession, since it was buried on page 8, below the fold, 18 paragraphs into a story under the not-so-eye-catching title, “New Study Refines View Of Sarin Attack in Syria.”

voiceofrussia.com – Syria gov’t claims evacuation of 5,000 near Damascus

Syria’s government said it evacuated 5,000 residents of the town of Adra near the capital Damascus over the weekend, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.
”Thanks to the efforts of the Syrian army, the ministry of social affairs evacuated more than 5,000 residents of the town of Adra,” SANA said late Sunday, saying the operation was on Saturday.
”They were trapped by terrorist groups and are now in a safe place,” the agency added.

voiceofrussia.com – Damascus asks UNSC to make Turkey answerable for aiding terrorists in Syria

Official Damascus has asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to make Turkey and other countries answerable for their help to terrorists, who are crossing into Syria, and for arms supplies to terrorists.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to the Head of the UN Security Council that was released today, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said that such conduct is a brazen violation of the resolutions of the international guiding bodies, including the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Soraya Sepahpour Ulrich, independent researcher and writer, from California, to discuss recent developments in Syria.

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