US Special Forces helping FSA plot chemical attack to trigger strikes on Syria forces – Russian MoD

Summary

To imitate yet another ‘chemical attack by the regime against peaceful civilians’, the rebels brought canisters filled with chlorine. [–]

On April 7 in Douma, the controversial White Helmets group poured cold water over kids after prompting panic over a fake “chemical attack”. [–]

None of the patients at the local hospitals showed any symptoms of chemical weapons poisoning, witnesses said.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that chemical attacks in Syria are "fake".  There cannot be "another" imitation of a chemical attack in Syria by the US, as there has not been one before.

Earlier, pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Background:

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime,according to the EU.

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals.

More than 70 people sheltering in basements have reportedly died, with 43 of those deaths related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals. Two health facilities were also reportedly affected by these attacks. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 111
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Douma, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War, Secret services
  • Outlet: Russia Today, Sputnik, others
see more

WARNING: Donetsk says Ukraine Plans to Massacre EU Delegation

The press service of the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic has reported that Ukrainian forces are preparing a provocation in Donbass which threatens the lives of an incoming EU delegation. The DPR’s ministry claims to have uncovered Ukrainian forces’ plans to use an Igla MANPAD to shoot down the delegation’s helicopter and blame the LPR and DPR. // The loudest act of terror of all those orchestrated by the Ukrainian authorities was the shooting down of Boeing MH17. The Malaysian Boeing’s targeting was the mistake of a Ukrainian pilot who mistook the passenger plane for President Putin’s. 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on war in Ukraine by a party of the conflict. No evidence given. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77368&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77110&date=,

On MH17: Repeating pro-Kremlin disinformation debunked in 2014. euvsdisinfo.eu/flight-mh-17-three-years-on-getting-the-truth-out-of-eastern-ukraine/,

Merkel urged Europe to unite against the US

Merkel urged Europe to unite against the US.

Disproof

Chancellor Angela Merkel did not call Europe to unite "against" the US. She made a pitch for Europe to play a more assertive role in global affairs. Merkel also called for joint action on security and migration, saying the bloc should “Europeanize” its presence on the United Nations Security Council.

Another chemical weapons provocation by Free Syrian Army and the US coming up

Free Syrian army and the US prepare another chemical weapons provocation in Syria in Deir ez-Zor, Russian ministry of Defence warns. A fake video will be released and reported by the Western media, and this will be used to justify air strikes by the US-led coalition.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that chemical attacks in Syria are "fake".  There cannot be "another" imitation of a chemical attack in Syria by the US, as there is no evidence that there has been one before.

Earlier, pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.