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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Idlib -Reportage from the Last Front in Syria By Andre Vltchek

5 March 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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For a while, all the guns have fallen silent.

I am near Idlib, the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria. The area where the deadliest anti-government fighters, most of them injected into Syria from Turkey, with Saudi, Qatari and Western ‘help’, are literally holed up, ready for the final showdown.

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Final Steps in Syria’s Successful Struggle for Peace and Sovereignty By Federico Pieraccini

17 January 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation
The situation in Syria evolves daily and sees two situations very closely linked to each other, with the US withdrawal from Syria and the consequent expansionist ambitions of Erdogan in Syria and the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) takeover in Idlib that frees the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian aviation to liberate the de-escalation zone.

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Why Is The West Keeping Silent About The Chemical Attack In Syria?

30 November 2018 — Oriental Review

Once again, prohibited chemical weapons have been used in Syria, specifically – shells filled with chlorine gas. Despite the significant number of casualties, however, the attack was not met with the usual outcry. World leaders remained tight-lighted with only Macron deciding to break the silence. This is easily explained since the West has good reason to keep schtum.

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Shipment Of Chemical Weapons Arrives Jisr Al-Shughur In Syria’s Idlib Province – Report

21 October 2018 — South Front

Russian military inspect suspected chemical weapons workshop in Aleppo, November 14, 2016

Russian military inspect suspected chemical weapons workshop in Aleppo, November 14, 2016 © / Ruptly

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, moved several chemical weapons containers from the town of Maarrat Misrin in northern Idlib to the city of Jisr al-Shughur in the northwestern part of the governorate, a local source revealed to the Russian news agency Sputnik.

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The West Hates Peace in Syria: From De-Escalation to Almost World War III in Just Two Hours By Federico PIERACCINI

19 September 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

On the 17th of September, an important meeting was held in Sochi between Erdogan and Putin to discuss Syria, in particular Idlib. A few hours after the agreement between the two leaders was reached, there was a French-Israeli strike on Syria’s coastal area of Latakia, causing the loss of a Russian Air Force Il-20 aircraft and bringing the world to the brink of a thermonuclear war.

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White Helmets keep conjuring up chemical weapons provocation in Idlib — diplomat

18 September 2018 — TASS

UNITED NATIONS, September 18. /TASS/. Militants entrenched in Syria and activists of the White Helmets grouping continue conjuring up a provocation in the Idlib zone of de-escalation, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya said on Tuesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council that discussed the situation in Syria. Continue reading

Idlib: Lull before the hurricane – by Peter Ford

17 September 2018 — Tim Hayward

This article is posted on behalf of Peter Ford, former UK ambassador to Syria [TH].

It appears that the Russians have pressed the pause button on their plans for an offensive alongside the Syrian government to retake Idlib. By the time they return to play mode the martial music may have changed.

New US policies for Syria

Without fanfare the US has just reformulated its position to create the conditions for it to launch devastating strikes on Syria no longer just on the pretext of alleged use of chemical weapons but on any ‘humanitarian’ pretext the US sees fit. In an interview with the Washington Post on 6 September, James Jeffrey, the hawkish new Special Envoy for Syria fresh from the neocon incubator of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, did not mince words:

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“Chlorine delivered”: Idlib Militants “readying False Flag Attack” in Syrian Village, Russian MoD

15 September 2018 — RT

File Photo. © Ammar Safarjalani / Global Look Press

Militants in Syria’s Idlib have transported several canisters containing chlorine to the village of Bsanqul, apparently preparing to stage a false flag chemical attack, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.

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Lights, Camera, Action, False Flag in Syria By Stephen Lendman

13 September 2018 — Stephen Lendman

The die is cast in Syria. The mother of all battles to eliminate US-supported terrorists in Idlib province looms.

During a Tuesday Security Council session, Russia’s envoy Vasily Nebenzia repeated what he, Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov, and Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari stressed earlier.

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