Washington revives Syria chemical weapons propaganda as pretext for war

23 May 2019 — WSWS

Washington is once again threatening a military attack against Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

If executed, this attack would be the third in as many years by the Trump administration, which rained missiles down upon the war-ravaged country in April 2017 and April 2018 using unsubstantiated allegations of chemical weapons use as a pretext.

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Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf By Bill Van Auken

22 May 2019 — WSWS

Just days after President Donald Trump threatened to put an “official end” to Iran, Washington has threatened renewed military aggression against Syria based on unsubstantiated charges of the use of chemical weapons in the military campaign being waged by Damascus against Al Qaeda-linked militias in the northwestern province of Idlib.

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CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic By Caitlin Johnstone

18 May 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun responding to queries by the press about a leaked document which contradicts official OPCW findings on an alleged chemical weapons attack last year in Douma, Syria. The prepared statement they’ve been using in response to these queries confirms the authenticity of the document.

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Iran calls recent tanker attacks in UAE nothing but ‘Israeli mischief’

14 May 2019 — RT

Iran calls recent tanker attacks in UAE nothing but ‘Israeli mischief’

Al Marzoqah tanker is seen off the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2019 © Reuters / Satish Kumar

The recent damage sustained to four commercial vessels off the UAE coast is nothing but Israeli meddling, an Iranian parliamentary spokesman said on Tuesday, as US-Iran tensions in the Persian Gulf continue to heat up.

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With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an “Accident” or “False Flag” Serve as Pretext? by Whitney Webb

14 May 2019 — Mint Press

Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an “accident” to start it.

As tensions between the U.S. and Iran threaten to boil over, the probability of a provocation or “accident” that would provoke hostilities between the two countries is higher than ever. U.K. Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, openly stated as much on Monday, telling reporters in Brussels that the U.K. was worried of a conflict breaking out between the U.S. and Iran by “accident with an escalation that is unintended really on either side but ends with some kind of conflict.”

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Evidence that Douma ‘chemical attack’ was staged: OPCW’s unpublished engineers’ report By Tim Hayward

13 May 2019 — Tim Hayward

The alleged chemical attack on Douma in April 2018 was the pretext for airstrikes on Syria by France, UK and US. The final report on the alleged attack published by the OPCW left unexplained why its Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) had made no engineering assessments during its visit to Douma in April 2018, when experts could have inspected the sites with cylinders in position, rather than six months later when inspection was no longer possible and assessments had to rely on images and measurements obtained by others. A Briefing Note by the Working Group on Syria Propaganda & Media highlighted this as an obvious anomaly.

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Syria – OPCW Engineering Assessment: The Douma ‘Chemical Weapon Attack’ Was Staged

13 May 2019 — Moon of Alabama

On April 7 2018 Syrian ‘rebels’ claimed that the Syrian government used chlorine gas and Sarin in an attack on the besieged Douma suburb near the Syrian capital Damascus. They published a series of videos which showed dead bodies of mainly women and children.

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