Syria Daily: US — Assad Regime May Be Planning Another Chemical Attack

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Bodies in a street in Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria after a nerve agent attack by the Assad regime, April 4, 2017

The US has said it believes Syria’s Assad regime is planning another chemical attack, warning that Damascus will “pay a heavy price” if it is carried out.

The White House said in a statement late Monday that preparations were similar to those before the regime’s April 4 nerve agent assault on Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria, killing at least 92 people and wounding almost 600. Three days later, US missiles struck a regime base for the first time in Syria’s 75-month conflict, hitting the complex from where the attack was launched.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said:

The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.

If…Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.

White House officials did not detail the US plans or the intelligence behind the statement. US official said that, while the intelligence was not considered conclusive, the administration decided to issue a warning to deter any operations. He said several sites have been identified which are suspected of hiding newly-made chemical weapons from inspectors.

But “five US defense officials” said they did not know from where the potential chemical attack would come . They said they were unaware the White House was planning to release its statement, a break from the usual practice of coordinating across national security agencies and departments before any publication or announcement..

A Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment on the matter and referred questions to the White House statement. A State Department spokesperson also referred BuzzFeed News to the White House statement and said the agency did not have anything to add.

The Assad regime was supposed to hand over all chemical stocks and destroy all chemical weapons facilities after its August 2013 sarin attacks near Damascus that killed more than 1,400 people. However, it continued assaults with chlorine, which is not banned as a chemical substance from spring 2014 before returning to “sarin or a sarin-like substance” for the Khan Sheikhoun killings.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said:

I have no information whatsoever about the chemical threat. I have no accurate information, and I think that my counterparts from intelligence services and the Defense Ministry will share their anxiety if such information emerges.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. It’s plain as day that the US is trying to ratchet up the war with Syria. Syria is on the verge of victory and the US/Saudis are desperate. Even Israel is trying to influence the outcome.

    Sy Hersh’s latest piece debunks the BS that Assad carried out a CW attack in April.

    The US are giving Al Qaeda a green light to launch a false flag attack with the assurance that no matter who carries it out, Assad/Iran will be blamed and attacked.

  2. It’s funny to see old Hersh turning into a cartoon Russian propagandist. I know younger readers won’t remember back before he became an apologist for mass murder, but the man used to be a respected journalist.

    • I would think that he is just following the trend on the Left to produce more lies and propaganda, in their quest for a revolution. The ends justify the means. Hersh is actually widely quoted among the “fake narrative” regressive crowds, both Left and Right.

  3. Assad has been pretty wily. He may be setting this up to bring about a conflict between Russia and the US, causing the US to pull back from Syria, and giving him a free hand.

    • I’m sure he has no security detail at all. Let him take a stroll through Idlib.

      Pathetic and pointless as usual.

    • You are so right. Please tell him to visit Idlib and the refugee camps so he can directly experience the love of his people. He will be returning to Latakia in the same manner that Qaddafi returned to Tripoli.

  4. Why would you use chemical weapons when you are on the verge of complete victory? None of this makes any sense at all.

    • Because the illuminati told him to do conspiratard – what new imbecility do you conspiracy theorists peddle these days beside holocaust-denial and smearing Syrian Sunni victims?

    • Complete victory? He has lost half his country to the Kurds, Americans, FSA, Turkey, and Israel. Everyone is in revolt except for his acolytes.

  5. #Deraa: “Assad choppers bombed several Rebel locations close to front w/ #ISIS-linked Jaish Khalid (who failed to take Hayt 2 days ago).” – QalaatAlMudiq
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    So Assad’s airforce is new providing aircover to Daeesh? Why am I not surprised?

    • Come on, the US is providing aircover and weaponry to marxist terrorists, why can´t assad do the same with ISIS?.

  6. #Deraa: Interesting article –
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    http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/syriasource/the-battle-for-deraa-and-iran-s-plans-in-the-south#.WVJlw1YoQCk.twitter
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    Excerpt from the above article: “The campaign aims to see Iranian-backed militias reach the Jordanian border, just as they reached the Syrian-Iraqi border from both sides by way of the Syrian Desert. Having already imposed their control over the western Qalamoun along the Lebanese border after a long series of battles and forced-displacement agreements, Iran is looking to make a similar strategic move to block the idea of safe zones proposed by the Trump administration, secure a supply route stretching from Tehran to Syria’s south, and curtail American plans in Syria…As for Deraa, which was also discussed in the context of safe zones, Tehran aims to impose its presence there as a fait accompli to Jordanian and US plans (if any exist) in Syria. Iran considers this an opportunity to isolate Deraa, gradually take control of the most important and symbolic remaining FSA stronghold, restore Assad’s legitimacy, and get closer to the Golan Heights.”
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    Certainly explains the uptick in ATGM supply for rebels and why Israel is beginning to intervene in the Syrian conflict lot more.

    • I suppose the Backwardian minds in Kâx Jamârân (Iran’s White House) have figured if they can engage Israel on the Golan Heights, they can get another 20 years of free ride on the Iranian sheeple, and receive a Get-to-Rule-More card without having to improve much at home. Corruption will continue unabated, if they can get Israel to attack IRGC in Syria, as all attention will have to turn from domestic issues to the “liberation of Palestine”. Stupid people deserve their rulers.

    • This interview only adds to the nonsense of the original article, which is scientifically vacuous, which is riddled with falsehoods, and which contradicts the account put out by both the Russians and the Assad regime at the time of the attack….

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