Syria Daily: Russia Complains About Findings of Assad Regime’s Sarin Attack on Khan Sheikhoun

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Russia's Deputy UN Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov in the Security Council, November 7, 2017 (Mary Altaffer/AP)

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Russia has complained in the Security Council about the conclusions of a UN enquiry that the Assad regime carried out a deadly sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria in April.

At least 92 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a regime Su-22 jet fighter dropped a muntion with a sarin canister on the town in Idlib Province.

The October 26 report of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons — based on medical evidence, environmental samples, witnesses, videos, photographs, satellite imagery, and expert analysis — concluded, “The Leadership Panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017.”

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See How UN Concluded Assad Regime Carried Out Sarin Attack on Khan Sheikhoun

Since April, Russia and the Assad regime have put out a series of unsupported, contradictory assertions trying to divert blame for the attack. The effort continued on Tuesday through Moscow’s Deputy UN Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov, accusing the UN-OPCW’s Joint Investigative Mechanism of “errors and systemic problems“.

Safronkov maintained, “Without a comprehensive change it will become a tool to settle accounts with the Syrian authorities.”

The statement reinforced indications that Russia will block the renewal of the JIM’s mandate when it comes up for renewal next week.

“Russia is trying to shoot the messenger to cover up for the crimes of the Syrian regime,” the UK’s Deputy UN Ambassador Jonathan Allen told the Security Council.

The head of the OPCW, Ahmet Uzumcu, summarizes the Khan Sheikhoun report:

A summary of the Russian line:


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Hosting the top aide of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Bashar al-Assad has proclaimed a fight against other Syrian groups and their outside supporters to recapture all of the country.

Assad told Ali Akbar Velayati that the effort against “foreign invaders” will continue until full “recovery of security and stability to all Syrian lands.

Assad also implicitly attacked any possibility of Kurdish autonomy or an opposition-held, Turkish-supported area by proclaiming that the regime’s military is fighting not only terrorists but also those who seek to “divide and weaken states”.

The possibility of a clash between pro-Assad units and the Kurdish-led, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has risen with the advance of both side against the Islamic State in Deir ez-Zor Province in eastern Syria. Assad’s senior advisor Bouthaina Shaaban said a conflict is imminent, and last week Damascus declared that it will retake all “occupied” territory.

On Friday, Velayati issued Iran’s first statement that it will back the effort to retake Raqqa, fully captured by the SDF from the Islamic State in early October, and SDF-held areas east of the Euphrates River including part of Deir ez-Zor Province.

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Shaaban repeated yesterday, “There cannot be a discussion on the division or cutting up of a part of the country or on so-called federalism. I don’t think any government can discuss with any group when it comes to the topic of the country’s unity.”

She then lashed out at Turkey, which has supported rebels in the control of parts of northern Syria, after capture from ISIS.

Turkey today is a colonizer country, its forces on our soil are illegal, just as the American forces are on our soil illegally. We will deal with this issue as we deal with any illegal invader force on our lands.

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  1. Rick Sterling, investigative journalist, debunks the OCPW’s conclusion by examining its findings
    https://consortiumnews.com/2017/11/04/the-trumped-up-syria-sarin-case/

    1. Victims appear before the attack: White Helmets were warning an attack was imminent.
    2. The Investigation Team did not try to visit the scene of the crime as procedure requires.
    3. The Material evidence comes from insurgents with no verifiable chain of custody
    4. No evidence exists that Syrian jets were over Khan Sheikoon at 6:45am.
    5. The report repeats discredited claims about a filler cap and admits no tailfin found.
    6. The report omits witnesses claiming they smelt something like insecticide (sarin is odorless).
    7. The report admits no evidence of a Su-22 took off from Al-Shayrat airbase on the day of the attack.
    8. The report admits that some of the rescue teams were engaged in media propaganda, not assistance.

    • Shame on you Razmjoo.

      Consortiumnews.com is listed as a fake news website. You fascist Hezbollahis will be destroyed in the same way that the Shah was destroyed. Stop spreading fake news.

      • ,FROM THE OPCW REPORT ITSELF
        “Taking (environmental) samples was not an objective of the visit to Al-Shayrat airbase.”
        “Specific munition remnants, particularly the tailfin, could not be recovered. The absence of a chain of custody relating to the munition remnants diminishes their probative value.”
        “An inconsistency was identified in one of the Fact-Finding Mission biomedical results from samples without a chain of custody. In sample number 133, the blood tested negative for sarin or a sarin-like substance, while the urine sample tested positive for the sarin degradation product isopropyl methylphosphonate.”

        • “An inconsistency was identified in one of the Fact-Finding Mission biomedical results from samples without a chain of custody. In sample number 133, the blood tested negative for sarin or a sarin-like substance, while the urine sample tested positive for the sarin degradation product isopropyl methylphosphonate.”

          Lol – you are grasping at straws. You would think that a victim who received a small sample of the nerve agent would metabolize the nerve agent, and the kidneys would produce byproducs of sarin, while sarin and its byproducts would cease to be in the blood. This would happen if an adult received a very low dose of sarin.

          Another possibility is that from the 200 or 400 samples, one was mislabeled. With such huge number of victims, this is entirely possible.

        • Quite possible that the failfin was blown off and away from the impact crater, and someone collected it, not knowing the importance of this piece of evidence to the bomb.

          Assad would not allow taking environmental samples at Shayrat. But that is not necessary as there are ample sample of his stockpiles from elsewhere. There is no reason the aircraft delivering the nerve agent must have taken off from Shayrat.

  2. “At least 92 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a regime Su-22 jet fighter dropped a muntion with a sarin canister on the town in Idlib Province.”

    A munition, by the OPCW’s own admission, which (unlike any aerial bomb) did not have a tailfin.

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