The UK’s Defense Ministry confirmed that four tornado warplanes using Storm Shadow missiles targeted military bases located west of Homs before the OPCW, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, had a chance to debunk the fake “chemical attack” in Douma.
War Correspondent Alexander Bilibov from #Syria: “We checked the place of the alleged CW attack together with #Russian military, asked the civilians. Nobody heard about #CW attack”. Alexander’s group went to all hospitals,spoke to the doctors. Nothing. #SyrianCWHoax #EastGhouta pic.twitter.com/CKcVOWqseh
— Springprincess (@TamrikoT) April 10, 2018
This is the first time in recent history where the capital of Syria, Damascus, was hit by a foreign power. The US and its allies relied on an arial bombing campaign.
As I predicted, it appears cruise missile strikes have ceased and manned aircraft are now in place. https://t.co/fjIgeFmyIB
— The Intel Crab (@IntelCrab) April 14, 2018
While the American State Department admitted that they have no hard evidence of the Assad government using chemical weapons, the US and its allies launched a coordinated military action against Syria based on social media rumours.
But in its statement, the Elysee Palace claimed to know that French armed forces are taking off against “the illegal chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime”. According to Emmanuel Macron, Bashar Assad used “at least chlorine” in Douma.
Macron repeated a CNN fake news headline stating that “Biological samples from Syria attack site test positive for chlorine and nerve agent.”
Medical sources and activists in Syria said blood, urine and hair follicle samples were smuggled in batches to Turkey after rebel groups and their families were pushed out of the area by the Assad regime, CNN reported earlier on Friday.
The claims are nonsense. There is no way to diagnose chlorine exposure in blood, urine or hair samples as the Center of Disease Control notes on chlorine exposure: “No biologic marker for chlorine exposure is readily available.”
OPCW specialists too would have been able to confirm information by Russian specialists on the ground in Douma that no chemical weapons attack has happened in Syria, and this would have nullified all US actions and intentions, says Russia’s State Duma Foreign relations committee Alexei Chepa.
He warned of very heavy consequences. Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sablin agreed that the strike on Syria aimed to disrupt OPCW investigation. “Just like with the Iraqi WDM, this is only a pretext. This has been done intentionally to disrupt the investigation of the alleged chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta.”
Russian MoD investigates #DoumaProvocation, sheds light on the situation: All soil test results from Douma, #Syria have shown NO trace of neither sarin nor chlorine nor any other chemical agent. Local hospitals have NOT received ANY patients with chemical poisoning symptoms pic.twitter.com/cwIY8zXOIC
— Russia in RSA 🇷🇺 (@EmbassyofRussia) April 10, 2018
The Russian military operating in Syria was not notified of the targets in advance, General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters following the attacks.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told state media outlet SANA on Thursday that Western powers intervene in Syria’s affairs every time their army achieves a victory against terrorists.
“Whenever the Syrian army achieves victory in the field, some western countries rise their voices and intensify their movements in an attempt to change the track of events,” President al-Assad said.
“Any possible Western military action will do nothing but destabilization of region,” the Syrian leader added.
On Thursday the Syrian leader received Iranian Supreme Leader’s Top Adviser for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, and his accompanying delegation.
According to the Pentagon briefing, “twice as many” cruise missiles were launched at Syria this time than against Al-Shayrat air base in April last year, putting the number of cruise missiles launched during the operation at perhaps 150 to 200.
No “Political hits: (Presidential Palace or gov or security HQ)
No #Iranian objectives hits
No #Hezbollah objectives hit
No Syrian Army key capabilities hit.#
And of course no #Russian deployment w/ #SAA hit#USA looks weaker than ever with this “strike”.https://t.co/oI0AZShdQJ
— Elijah J. Magnier (@ejmalrai) April 14, 2018
President Donald Trump wanted to save his image after his warmongering tweets, says journalist Elijah Magnier. In Syria people’s reaction after the bombing was to celebrate it in the street a few hours later, challenging the attackers and expressing their solidarity with the government by dancing in the street.
The US, UK and France boosted Assad by their attack.
The “White House assessment” – not “intelligence community assessment” is online here https://t.co/5USGsT7SoJ.
They warn of disinformation, but disinformation begins with the assessment itself.
— Stephen McIntyre (@ClimateAudit) April 14, 2018
“By conducting strikes on Syria, the US violate all international norms, and Russia views this as an act of aggression, says Alexander Sherin, chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee. According to the UN Charter, without authorization of the use of force by the Security Council, states can only use force when exercising their right to self-defence.
Syrian air defenses were scrambled to counter the combined American-French-British aggression that targeted at least three military sites in Syria on Friday night.
The Russian Defense Ministry stated that most missiles launched by the three powers on Syria had been downed by Syria’s air defenses.
“None of cruise missiles launched by the US and its allies entered the zone of responsibility of the Russian air defenses, covering objects in Tartus [naval facility] and Hmeymim [airbase located in the Latakia province],” the Russian Defense Ministry announced.
Decorated US war veteran Colonel Douglas Macgregor questioned the narrative on Trump’s Syria strikes.
He told Laura Ingraham’s show that Assad launching a chemical attack when he’s on the brink of victory “doesn’t make any sense,” and rubbished the claims that “sarin and chlorine gas” together was used. “That’s never happened before,” Macgregor said. “That’s a first in the history of chemical warfare.”
Macgregor added that the aggression was a “cosmetic attack” which will amount to little because Russia and Iran are the real powers in Syria.