While Russian experts have issued a report about an investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria, the Syrian Armed Forces seized a massive chemical depot from foreign backed insurgents after a heavy gunfight. The seized chemicals would, according to Syrian sources, have been sufficient to cause mass death on an unprecedented scale.
The seizure of the chemicals from the insurgents coincides with recent intelligence reports, according to which a renewed, political and military campaign against Syria will be initiated by the “opposition”, the insurgents, and the international alliance behind the war on Syria. The war has claimed more than 93.000 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands, since 2011.
Massive Chemical Depot Seized from Insurgents in Banis, Tartus.
The Syrian armed forces have seized a large amount of weapons, computers, communications equipment, and a large stockpile of chemicals, after a gunfight with insurgents on a farm in Banias, Tartus, near the Mediterranean Coast.
According to official Syrian government sources, the armed forces seized 79 barrels of Polyethylene Glycol, 67 barrels of Monoethylene Glocol, 25 barrels of Monoethanolamine, 68 barrels of Diethanolamine, and 42 barrels of Triethanolamine at the farm in Banias. The chemicals would, reportedly, have been sufficient to wipe out an entire city, if not the entire country.
The Syrian government has invited the United Nation chemical weapons investigator Ake Sellstrom and the UN disarmament chief Angela Kane for talks to Damascus on Monday to announce the seizure of the chemical stockpile. The Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja´afari said:
“The Syrian authorities have discovered yesterday, in the city of banias, 281 barrels filled with dangerous, hazardous chemical materials, capable of destroying a whole city, if not the whole country”.
The Syrian UN Ambassador expressed, that Damascus is confident that there will be “constructive negotiations with the Syrian officials in order to reach an agreement, particularly in terms of reference mechanism and time frame”.
Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin provides Expert Report on Chemical Weapons Use to UN Secretary General Ban Kyi-moon. Khan al-Assal Chemical Weapons Use by Insurgents, Not Syrian Armed Forces.
The Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations has delivered a report from a Russian expert commission, which investigated the use of chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal, on 19 March 2013. The expert investigation concludes, that insurgents, not the Syrian Armed Forces had used Sarin gas in the deadly attack.
The Russian experts had taken samples at the site where the chemical weapons were used. Contrary to the purported evidence, derived through third parties, including journalists from the French newspaper Le Monde, which prompted the US Administration to approve of the delivery of weapons to the insurgents, the Russian experts have direct evidence.
Russia´s UN Ambassador, Vitaly Churkin said:
“I have just passed the analysis of the samples taken at the site of the chemical attack to the UN Secretary General. It was determined, that on 19 March the rebels fired an unguided missile Bahir-3 at the town Khan al-Assal, which has been under government control. The results of the analysis clearly show that the shell used in Khan al-Assal was not factory-made and that it contained sarin”.
Vitaly Churkin added, that the content of the shell did not contain chemical stabilizers in the toxic substance and that it therefore was no standard issue chemical weapon. Churkin also underlined, that the RDX explosive that detonated the chemical weapon, which is an explosive commonly used for industrial and military applications, also is inconsistent with claims that the attack had been carried out by the Syrian Armed Forces. Churkin also added, that the manufacturing of the Bashir-3 chemical laden warheads had begun in February, and that it is the work of the Bashair al-Nasr brigade, which has close ties to the Free Syrian Army.
Discovery of Chemical Stockpile followed Intelligence Reports about Insurgents Preparations for Military Campaign in August – September and Renewed Political Campaign of “Opposition”.
The discovery of the chemicals stockpile, which according to official Syrian sources were sufficient to wipe out en entire city, if not the entire country, followed a recent intelligence report that states, that the current, relative military calm was due to the insurgents preparation of weapons caches throughout Syria, in preparation of a renewed military campaign in August – September 2013.
The Palestinian intelligence source also stated to nsnbc, that the election of the new opposition leader, the Saudi-Arabia backed Jaber, was part of preparations for a concurrent political campaign with renewed demands for a no-fly zone, chemical weapons inspections throughout Syria, the establishment of humanitarian corridors and other political pressure to support the renewed military onslaught.
The information by the Palestinian intelligence source was subsequently corroborated, when it became known that high-level intelligence representatives from Saudi-Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, the USA, France and Britain had held a secret meeting at the British Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, to prepare for a renewed campaign against Syria.
Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. His work with traumatized victims of conflict has led him to also pursue the work as political consultant. He is a lifelong activist for peace and justice, human rights, Palestinians rights to self-determination in Palestine, and he is working on the establishment of international institutions for the prosecution of all war crimes, also those committed by privileged nations. On 28 August 2011 he started his blog nsnbc, appalled by misrepresentations of the aggression against Libya and Syria. In March 2013 he turned nsnbc into a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at firstname.lastname@example.org