Arkiv för juli, 2017

28 jul – Syrian army reaches Daesh-held Sukhna town: Monitor

A monitoring group says Syrian government forces have reached the last town held by the Daesh Takfiri terrorists on the road to the Arab country’s beleaguered eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr. – Syrian forces deliver powerful blow to ISIL terrorists in Deir Ezzor

The Islamic State (ISIL) launched a powerful assalt in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, Thursday, targeting several areas inside this desert province in eastern Syria.
ISIL began their offensive by targeting the Syrian Army’s positions at the Muwadafeen District of Deir Ezzor on Thursday morning; this resulted in a series of intense clashes that lasted for several hours.
Despite their best efforts, the Islamic State was unable to bypass the Syrian Army’s defenses, resulting in the withdrawal of the terrorist forces.

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7 jul – OPCW report ignores version that Khan Shaykhun incident was staged — Russian diplomat

The report by the OPCW fact-finding mission on Syria ignored the probability that the Khan Shaykhun chemical incident could be staged, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Mikhail Ulyanov has said.
A transcript of Wednesday’s briefing in Moscow for accredited representatives from the OPCW Executive Council and the UN Security Council member states on the Syrian “chemical dossier,” released on Thursday, quotes the diplomat as saying that “from the very beginning, the Russian side considered it necessary to pay serious attention to the probability that the incident was staged, while conducting the investigation.”
“But the OPCW FFM report also completely overlooks this aspect. At the same time, available photo and video materials deserve to be studied in the most meticulous way,” Ulyanov was quoted as saying.
The Russian diplomat said that the Russian delegation tried to show iphoto and video footage at its disposal during the extraordinary session of the OPCW Executive Council on April 19, 2017.
However, the US delegation fiercely opposed the move, although US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had displayed photos of children allegedly affected during the Khan Sheikhun incident at the UN Security Council’s conference room shortly before that meeting.
During the briefing, Ulyanov showed several photos and videos to the audience, saying that they “help understand why we should not renounce the theory that the incident was staged.”
“As you can see, those materials evoke a number of questions that were not answered by the FFM. How, for example, can the dilated pupils of the allegedly affected children be explained, if in the case of a true sarin attack the victims should have pinpoint pupils? For some reason, OPCW experts did not even try to solve this puzzle,” he said.
“The same applies to the crater at the site where sarin was used,” he continued. “We asked the OPCW technical secretariat to pay special attention to this issue, but our request was left unanswered. It appears that the authors of the report just did not care about fact that this crater does not fit the theory of an aviation bomb use.”
He said that the lack of any fragments of an aviation bomb on photos and videos was also ignored.
“It is also interesting to note that, having received some “physical evidence” from the hands of the notorious White Helmets, the FFM specialists did not bother to obtain the dented steel tube, clearly visible on photographs from the blast crater. One can only guess what happened to this tube, which could shed light on the way sarin was used,” the Russian diplomat said. – US refusal to inspect Shayrat airbase evokes alarming thoughts — Russian diplomat – 3 Alt-Media Heroes Talk Media Lies in Syria – Pilger, Neil Clark, Beeley (Video)

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6 jul – Rebels will use chemical provocations to justify US airstrikes on Syrian government: Russian FM

Syrian rebels entrenched in the Eastern Ghouta region are on the process of stirring provocations by using chemical agents in order to pave the way for a potential US airstrikes against government positions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
“According to the available information, Syrian terrorist groups are planning staged provocations with the use of chemical weapons to ground the US airstrikes on the positions of Syria’s pro-government forces,” she said – An apocalyptic battle unfolds in east Damascus as both sides throw in all they have

By far the pro-government offensive, led by the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Republican Guard, to pinch out the militant-held bastion of Jobar is the largest of all the Rif Dimashq operations. – 224 civilians killed by US airstrikes since Kurdish forces entered Raqqa

Civilians who managed to flee Raqqa reported that besides the ones who have been killed in coalition airstrikes, ISIS snipers have also killed dozens of civilians attempting to escape the raging battles and indiscriminate bombardment. – This is What US-Made TOW Missile Fragments Found Near Damascus Could Prove

According to Syrian political expert Sleiman Halil, the TOW fragments found near Damascus prove that Western countries have been supplying weapons to Syrian militant groups, including al-Nusra Front.
”The fragments with serial numbers prove that terrorists have US-made TOW anti-tank missiles. An investigation could trace the delivery routes, which would be rock hard evidence to the repeated claims about coordination between terrorists and the US military,” Halil told Sputnik. – Not Assad: Western Boycott Responsible for Misery in Syria

Marco Glowatzki is a master tailor and couturier; he lives in Hamburg, Germany. He spent 2 weeks in war-torn Syria, from December 2016 to January 2017. He traveled along, and, what he saw and experienced was in stark contrast to that propagated by the Main Stream Media. Katrin McClean spoke to him about what he had seen.

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4 jul – Astana peace talks: Two centers to monitor de-escalation zones in Syria

A fresh round for the Syrian peace talks was held today in the Kazakh capital, which primarily aims at establishing a definitive and clear borders for the de-escalation zones.
Sources from Astana, where the 5th round of the peace talks is currently taking place, reported that it was agreed on to set up two new centers to monitor the de-escalation zones.
While the first center will be Jordan-based and includes Russia and the United States to monitor the area that covers Quneitra, Daraa and As-Suwyda provinces, the second one will be tackled by Russia and Turkey to observe northern Syria. – Syrian diplomat calls on OPCW experts to visit Khan Sheikhoun

The Syrian government has serious doubts about the impartiality of a report by the Fact-Finding Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the alleged use of sarin in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told reporters.
The diplomat said “despite the offer of the Syrian authorities, the OPCW experts refused to visit this settlement to take samples.”
“How can we trust their conclusions if they had not visited the site,” Mekdad said, according to the state television.

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Yes, Israel is supporting Syrian rebels, but this goes beyond cash and aid: Israel hopes the rebels will serve as a buffer against Hezbollah and a resurgent Assad, a strategy that could easily backfire

Det här är den mest grundliga beskrivning som jag har läst om hur USA och deras underhuggare gett stöd och vapen åt de väpnade grupperna i Syrien –
Gareth Porter – How America Armed Terrorists in Syria

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2 jul

Terrorattack i Damaskus – – In Pictures: Three blasts rock the Syrian capital as battles rage in the northeastern suburbs

Two vehicles exploded near the Airport Roundabout located in the far eastern flanks of Damascus while the third one made it to central downtown. Chased by security forces, the suicide bomber blew up his vehicle in al-Tahrir Square.
The explosions killed 19 and injured at least 20 others, mostly civilians.

Inte oväntat, eftersom USA i stort sett har bett om det, kommer nya påståenden om användning av kemiska vapen – – Free Syrian Army accuses Syrian Army of a new chemical attack – Russian Coordination Center: Syrian Army never used chemical weapons in Ein Tarma

För två dagar sen kom FN-organet OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) med en rapport om händelsen med kemiska vapen den 4 april i år. Man säger sig slå fast att sarin eller en sarinliknande substans använts. Men, det visar sig att undersökningsgruppen inte varit på den aktuella platsen, Khan Sheikhun, säkerligen beroende på att de väpnade grupperna fortfarande ockuperar området. Man har alltså fått proverna från dessa grupper, t.ex. White Helmets. Denna rapport kan alltså inte ha något värde. Det finns alla möjligheter att de har manipulerat proverna. – Chemical weapons watchdog says sarin used in April attack in Syria

The mission was unable to visit the site itself due to security concerns and will not attempt to get there, the head of the OPCW was said to have decided – Ex-Weapons Inspector: Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’ Scott Ritter takes on White House Syria attack claims

The organization responsible for overseeing this forensic testing was the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW. Through its work, the OPCW has determined that the nerve agent Sarin, or a “Sarin-like substance,” was used at Khan Sheikhun, a result that would seemingly compensate for both the lack of a bomb and the amateurish theatrics of the rescuers.
The problem, however, is that the OPCW is in no position to make the claim it did. One of the essential aspects of the kind of forensic investigation carried out by organizations such as the OPCW—namely the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of a crime—is the concept of “chain of custody” of any samples that are being evaluated. This requires a seamless transition from the collection of the samples in question, the process of which must be recorded and witnessed, the sealing of the samples, the documentation of the samples, the escorted transportation of the samples to the laboratory, the confirmation and breaking of the seals under supervision, and the subsequent processing of the samples, all under supervision of the OPCW. Anything less than this means the integrity of the sample has been compromised—in short, there is no sample.
The OPCW acknowledges that its personnel did not gain access to Khan Sheikhun at any time. However, the investigating team states that it used connections with “parties with knowledge of and connections to the area in question,” to gain access to samples that were collected by “non governmental organizations (NGOs)” which also provided representatives to be interviewed, and videos and images for the investigating team to review. The NGO used by the OPCW was none other than the White Helmets.
The process of taking samples from a contaminated area takes into consideration a number of factors designed to help create as broad and accurate a picture of the scene of the incident itself as well as protect the safety of the person taking the sample as well as the integrity of the crime scene itself (i.e., reduce contamination). There is no evidence that the White Helmets have received this kind of specialized training required for the taking of such samples. Moreover, the White Helmets are not an extension of the OPCW—under no circumstances could any samples taken by White Helmet personnel and subsequently turned over to the OPCW be considered viable in terms of chain of custody. This likewise holds true for any biomedical samples evaluated by the OPCW—all such samples were either taken from victims who had been transported to Turkish hospitals, or provided by non-OPCW personnel in violation of chain of custody. – Foreign Ministry: OPCW report on Khan Sheikhoun incident has no credibility and cannot be accepted – ‘No credibility’: Syrian govt blasts OPCW report, denies latest rebel gas attack claims – OPCW’s Syrian Sarin Gas Report Based on Doubtful Data – Russian Foreign Ministry

Unfortunately, we are forced to state on the first reading of the document that its conclusions are still based on very doubtful data,” the Russian ministry’s information and press department said.
It noted that the OPCW’s data was ”obtained from the same opposition and the same notorious NGOs of the White Helmet type, and not at the site of the tragedy but in a certain ‘neighboring country’.”
”Therefore, it is not surprising that the content of the OPCW special mission’s report is largely biased, suggesting the presence of a political order in this structure’s activity,” the ministry said

Nu ska en annan grupp ta vid och försöka fastställa vem som är skyldig till den påstådda kemvapenhändelsen den 4 april, där svensken Åke Sellström ska ingå. Han var med i den grupp som kom till Damaskus kring den 20 augusti 2013 på Syriens begäran för att undersöka en attack med kemiska vapen som hade ägt rum på våren det året, och som Syrien sade sig ha bevis för att de väpnade grupperna utfört. Dagen efter, innan de hade hunnit börja sitt arbete, inträffade den stora kemvapenhändelsen utanför Damaskus som var nära att leda till ett massivt angrepp från västmakterna mot Syrien. Sellström och hans grupp hann aldrig ta sig an den uppgift de kommit till Syrien för, de fick ju syssla med den nya händelsen. I en intervju senare den hösten när Sellström drog sig tillbaka från det uppdraget sa han att de inte kunnat slå fast vem som var skyldig.

I en intervju på Sveriges Radio i början av maj i år sa Sellström så här om 4 april-händelsen –

Åke Sellström, som har sin bakgrund i Försvarets forskningsinstitut FOI, var den som ledde FN:s utredning efter gasattacken 2013 i Syrien. Det som gör det svårt att fastslå skuldläget, säger han, är att situationen är så politiserad och att det är så mycket propaganda i luften.
– ”P3” som vi säger i FN, alltså England, Frankrike och USA, vill ju svartmåla regimen så mycket det bara går för att bli av med diktatorn Assad, medan Ryssland och kanske Iran och några till har ett intresse av att behålla en fot i det framtida Syrien, säger Sellström.
– Att svartmåla regimen mer än vad man redan gjort minskar ju chanserna för att Assad ska ha något att säga till om i framtiden.

Så hur ska det gå med den här nya utredningen? Det finns knappast på kartan att de ska tillåtas komma fram till att det var en iscensatt, false flag-händelse.

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