Intelligence and Military Sources Who Warned About Weapons Lies Before Iraq War Now Say that Assad Did NOT Launch Chemical Weapon Attack

Former U.N weapons inspector Scott Ritter warned before the start of the Iraq war that claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction were false.

Sunday, Ritter wrote that current claims that the leader of Syria launched a chemical weapons attack was false:

Some sort of chemical event took place in Khan Sheikhoun; what is very much in question is who is responsible for the release of the chemicals that caused the deaths of so many civilians.

No one disputes the fact that a Syrian air force SU-22 fighter-bomber conducted a bombing mission against a target in Khan Sheikhoun on the morning of April 4, 2017. The anti-regime activists in Khan Sheikhoun, however, have painted a narrative that has the Syrian air force dropping chemical bombs on a sleeping civilian population.

A critical piece of information that has largely escaped the reporting in the mainstream media is that Khan Sheikhoun is ground zero for the Islamic jihadists who have been at the center of the anti-Assad movement in Syria since 2011. Up until February 2017, Khan Sheikhoun was occupied by a pro-ISIS group known as Liwa al-Aqsa that was engaged in an oftentimes-violent struggle with its competitor organization, Al Nusra Front (which later morphed into Tahrir al-Sham, but under any name functioning as Al Qaeda’s arm in Syria) for resources and political influence among the local population.

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Al Nusra has a long history of manufacturing and employing crude chemical weapons; the 2013 chemical attack on Ghouta made use of low-grade Sarin nerve agent locally synthesized, while attacks in and around Aleppo in 2016 made use of a chlorine/white phosphorous blend.

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Early on, the anti-Assad opposition media outlets were labeling the Khan Sheikhoun incident as a “Sarin nerve agent” attack; one doctor affiliated with Al Qaeda sent out images and commentary via social media that documented symptoms, such as dilated pupils, that he diagnosed as stemming from exposure to Sarin nerve agent. Sarin, however, is an odorless, colorless material, dispersed as either a liquid or vapor; eyewitnesses speak of a “pungent odor” and “blue-yellow” clouds, more indicative of chlorine gas.

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There are no images taken of victims at the scene of the attack.

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The lack of viable protective clothing worn by the “White Helmet” personnel while handling victims is another indication that the chemical in question was not military grade Sarin; if it were, the rescuers would themselves have become victims (some accounts speak of just this phenomena, but this occurred at the site of the attack, where the rescuers were overcome by a “pungent smelling” chemical – again, Sarin is odorless.)

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The World Health Organization has indicated that the symptoms of the Khan Sheikhoun victims are consistent with both Sarin and Chlorine exposure. American media outlets have latched onto the Turkish and WHO statements as “proof” of Syrian government involvement; however, any exposure to the chlorine/white phosphorous blend associated with Al Nusra chemical weapons would produce similar symptoms.

Similarly, Hans Blix – the former head of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission –  warned before the Iraq war that the Bush administration was greatly exaggerating the threat from Iraq’s weapons.

Blix says of the chemical incident in Syria:

Merely pictures of victims that were held up, that the whole world can see with horror, such pictures are not necessarily evidence of who did it.

Two dozen senior U.S. intelligence and military officers – who tried to warn George W. Bush before the Iraq war that those pushing war were lying – write:

Our U.S. Army contacts in the area have told us this is not what happened. There was no Syrian “chemical weapons attack.” Instead, a Syrian aircraft bombed an al-Qaeda-in-Syria ammunition depot that turned out to be full of noxious chemicals and a strong wind blew the chemical-laden cloud over a nearby village where many consequently died.

Ex-CIA officer Philip Giraldi insists that the intelligence community and military personnel know that the intel shows that this was not an Assad attack.  Specifically, Giraldi says his sources on the ground in Middle East – active duty U.S. military and intelligence stationed in the Middle East, intimately familiar with facts – say that the chemical weapons claim is a sham.  Giraldi says that his sources are 100% certain the the Syrian air force hit a warehouse of rebels connected with Al Qaeda which were storing chemicals. He says that people in the American military and intelligence are “freaking out” about this, because Trump has completely misrepresented the facts regarding what happened.

Captain Doug Rokke – former Director of the U.S. Army’s Depleted Uranium Project and an expert on chemical weapons – wrote to Washington’s Blog:

This was not a sarin attack at all.  Looks like either anhydrous ammonia or chlorine from infrastructure destruction.

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Sarin does not work as shown on tv video photos reports. I think … someone blew up anhydrous ammonia plant or supply or  chlorine supply.

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Just nonsense if anyone knows how sarin works.”

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The medical symptoms  did not match sarin … sarin does not just go away.

Water just spreads sarin it does not decon neutralize it.   Responders did not get sick and they would have.

Indeed, the U.S. Centers for Disease control confirms that sarin is spread by water (“Sarin mixes easily with water. Following release of sarin into water, people can be exposed by touching or drinking water that contains sarin. And photographs show victims being sprayed with water (and the responders not wearing any protective gloves or hoods):

Robert Parry, the investigative reporter who many of the Iran-Contra stories for  Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s, notes:

One intelligence source told me that the most likely scenario was a staged event by the rebels intended to force Trump to reverse a policy, announced only days earlier, that the U.S. government would no longer seek “regime change” in Syria and would focus on attacking the common enemy, Islamic terror groups that represent the core of the rebel forces.

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Trump went along with the idea of embracing the initial rush to judgment blaming Assad for the Idlib poison-gas event. The source added that Trump saw Thursday night’s missile assault as a way to change the conversation in Washington, where his administration has been under fierce attack from Democrats claiming that his election resulted from a Russian covert operation.

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson – chief of staff to Colin Powell – says:

Most of my sources are telling me, including members of the team that monitors global chemical weapons, including people in Syria, including people in the U.S. intelligence community, that what most likely happened … that they hit a warehouse that they had intended to hit. And had told both sides, Russia and the United states, that they were going to hit. This is the Syrian air force, of course. And this warehouse was alleged to have ISIS supplies in it, and, indeed, it probably did, and some of those supplies were precursors for chemicals. Or, possibly an alternative, they were phosphates for the cotton growing, fertilizing the cotton-growing region that’s adjacent to this area. And the bombs hit, conventional bombs, hit the warehouse, and because of a very strong wind, and because of the explosive power of the bombs, they dispersed these ingredients and killed some people.

Colonel W. Patrick Lang alleges:

Here is what happened:

1. The Russians briefed the United States on the proposed target. This is a process that started more than two months ago. There is a dedicated phone line that is being used to coordinate and deconflict (i.e., prevent US and Russian air assets from shooting at each other) the upcoming operation.

2. The United States was fully briefed on the fact that there was a target in Idlib that the Russians believes was a weapons/explosives depot for Islamic rebels.

3. The Syrian Air Force hit the target with conventional weapons. All involved expected to see a massive secondary explosion. That did not happen. Instead, smoke, chemical smoke, began billowing from the site. It turns out that the Islamic rebels used that site to store chemicals, not sarin, that were deadly. The chemicals included organic phosphates and chlorine and they followed the wind and killed civilians.

4. There was a strong wind blowing that day and the cloud was driven to a nearby village and caused casualties.

5. We know it was not sarin. How? Very simple. The so-called “first responders” handled the victims without gloves. If this had been sarin they would have died. Sarin on the skin will kill you. How do I know? I went through “Live Agent” training at Fort McClellan in Alabama.

And the former UK Ambassador to Syria told the BBC there was “no proof” of a chemical weapons attack, and that it would make no sense for Assad to have done so.

Postscript:  The guy who supplied “evidence” on the supposed gas attack is a “committed jihadist” according to the MI6.

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  • medicis

    which means, of course, that once again (in its 100+ years destruction and comitting of atrocities in countries it wishes to enslave), the United States, Inc. has committed grave atrocities for profit. And, of course, the truth is not told by the mainstream media (also owned by the deadly few). Isn’t about time we, the People, put an end to all fo this crap…. instead of being its victims?

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  • richardwicks

    Quick, fire them, and punish them for telling the truth. Truth is treason now in the United States.

  • Tom

    Who cares what they say when ISIS become commander in Chief.

  • awb22

    This was already known before the attack was launched. Trump’s bluff was called, and he responded in kind. It really doesn’t matter if the attack was staged, or a false flag. Trump put the world on notice he will follow through on his threats. We may not agree, but, on the other hand, the Syrians and Russians were warned ahead of time about the attack, and there was minimal loss of life.

    The entire event is a charade, and kabuki theater. Anyone getting bent out of shape about a fireworks display needs to re-examine their position. Trump merely sent the message his are not idle threats, when US interests are threatened.

  • Marko

    Do these intelligence guys think it’s beyond the capability of the opposition to manufacture some sarin victims so as to up the ante on Assad’s demonization ?

    I can almost guarantee that reasonably credible evidence – e.g. blood and urine test results – will accumulate that shows there were some sarin ( or other similar nerve agent ) victims. Now what if those victims lived outside of the area that could have been impacted by the weapons depot gas cloud ? Well then , Assad is guilty , because none of the ‘ good guys ‘ thought about this possibility beforehand. Explanations after-the-fact will be seen as desperate attempts to save face , and rightfully so.

    The rebels (and their potentially sophisticated Western , Israeli , Turkish , or Saudi accomplices ) could easily have had access to sarin. They could have killed dozens of people with a 10 ml vial using up-close and personal techniques , or the same number using larger quantities with a rocket or two fired from a couple kilometers away.

    This was a mini 9/11-style false flag , not one of the run-of-the-mill chlorine tank remote detonations. Today we got the equivalent of the 9/11 Commission report. This is over. The bad guys won. If the good guys are sitting on some definitive intel , they can just keep sitting at this point. They’d be laughed out of the room.

    Frankly , these ‘good guy’ intel revelations are starting to look like false-flag operations themselves. They never amount to squat. Maybe there are no good guys.

  • cettel

    another masterpiece of reporting from George Washington. finally, I am sufficiently convinced that this was yet another U.S.-backed false-flag attack, and I now shall be referring to it as such.

  • JoeUSA
  • Bob Boldt

    The propaganda concerning Assad’s supposed Sarin gas attack has now, finally been proven to be as outrageous as it is untrue. I suspected this the moment it was announced. Now, finally the real story seems to be emerging, of course after we have shot first and asked questions later and destroyed any real possibility of peace.

    And please everyone, please stop buying the BS from such well known liars as Hillary, the Democrat neoliberals, Trump, and the Republican neocons. Is it any wonder why most people stayed home this past presidential election?

    Attractive as the false flag theory is, it now looks like it went down the way Syria originally claimed–that a rebel munitions warehouse was bombed. No?

    • Marko

      “Attractive as the false flag theory is, it now looks like it went down the way Syria originally claimed–that a rebel munitions warehouse was bombed. No?”

      You ask the question as if the two scenarios are mutually exclusive. They’re not. In fact , it’s likely that the munitions warehouse was bombed , possibly releasing toxic gas clouds , and that the entire event , including the generation of sarin victims unrelated to the warehouse bombing , was all an opposition-planned false-flag.

      Ask yourself – why did the Russians immediately suspend the deconflict agreement with the U.S. ?
      Because they suspect that the rebels were tipped off on the timing and targets of the Syrian bombers.

      • Bob Boldt

        Absent any non-partisan investigation, anything you or I claim will remain pure speculation. As likely as any argument may seem it will remain speculative. We will know the truth in ten years or so, like the Nixon treason in ’68 or the Gulf of Tonkin. Too late for Assad though. So it goes…

        • Marko

          No doubt that’s the way it will go , sadly.

        • No Rulers

          How can anybody trust “non-partisan” investigators? Almost everybody has an axe to grind, these days.

          We may never know the truth to an absolute certainty. What we can know is who benefits, or could benefit, from any action and thereby we can know to a moral certainty who is responsible.

          What we definitely know is that proven liars cannot be trusted – ever!

  • Broos

    Because, US’ ISIS. Trump a (CIA) Company tool.

  • tulsatime

    I saw one of those sources (Lange) the day after the attack, and it convinced me 100%, it had that internal consistency that says truth. I have been pretty shocked that the main US media stick with the chemical attack line, but that backs up the US line of the ‘evil assad regime’. It’s amazing how quickly dick45 has been sucked into the war game, I guess he was briefed on the pipelines background and what’s in it for western bidness.

    Nothing but butchery in middle east and north africa for another decade or more, unless there is a MAJOR economic upheaval that destroys the war machines of Russia and the US.