juuri postiini alle kopioidun artikkelin jonka mukaan Syyrian
kapinalliset olivat viime viikon kaasuhyökkäyksen takana. Kyseessä
saattoi olla vahinko kun saudeilta saadut kemialliset aseet räjähtivät
ilmeisesti käsittelyvirheen vuoksi varastossaan. En vielä ole ehtinyt
varmistaa useammista eri lähteistä mutta sama juttu on levinnyt jo
laajalti. Jos tarina pitää paikkansa on se järisyttävä, jos ei niin
eipä ole ainoa lajissaan. Varauksella suosittelen kuitenkin koska artikkeli
sisältää myös muuta kiinnostavaa taustainformaatiota.
Lainauksen jälkeen liitän myös videon jossa kapinalliset ilmeisesti heinäkuussa laukaisevat kemiallisen ammuksen.
Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack
by Dale Gavlak and
Syria — As the machinery for a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria
gathers pace following last week’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S. and
its allies may be targeting the wrong culprit.
with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital,
where the humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders said at least 355
people had died last week from what it believed to be a neurotoxic
agent, appear to indicate as much.
U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League have accused the
regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical
weapons attack, which mainly targeted civilians. U.S. warships are
stationed in the Mediterranean Sea to launch military strikes against
Syria in punishment for carrying out a massive chemical weapons attack.
The U.S. and others are not interested in examining any contrary
evidence, with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry saying Monday that Assad’s guilt was “a judgment … already clear to the world.”
from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters
and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that
certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence
chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out
the dealing gas attack.
son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were
that he had been asked to carry,” said Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of a
rebel fighting to unseat Assad, who lives in Ghouta.
said his son and 12 other rebels were killed inside of a tunnel used to
store weapons provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, who
was leading a fighting battalion. The father described the weapons as
having a “tube-like structure” while others were like a “huge gas
Ghouta townspeople said the rebels were using mosques and private houses to sleep while storing their weapons in tunnels.
said his son and the others died during the chemical weapons attack.
That same day, the militant group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is linked to
al-Qaida, announced that it would similarly attack civilians in the Assad regime’s heartland of Latakia on Syria’s western coast, in purported retaliation.
didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,” complained a
female fighter named ‘K.’ “We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We
never imagined they were chemical weapons.”
Saudi Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people, he must give them to
those who know how to handle and use them,” she warned. She, like other
Syrians, do not want to use their full names for fear of retribution.
well-known rebel leader in Ghouta named ‘J’ agreed. “Jabhat al-Nusra
militants do not cooperate with other rebels, except with fighting on
the ground. They do not share secret information. They merely used some
ordinary rebels to carry and operate this material,” he said.
were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the
fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions,” ‘J’
who treated the chemical weapons attack victims cautioned interviewers
to be careful about asking questions regarding who, exactly, was
responsible for the deadly assault.
humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders added that health workers
aiding 3,600 patients also reported experiencing similar symptoms,
including frothing at the mouth, respiratory distress, convulsions and
blurry vision. The group has not been able to independently verify the
More than a dozen rebels interviewed reported that their salaries came from the Saudi government.
In a recent article for Business Insider, reporter Geoffrey Ingersoll highlighted Saudi
Prince Bandar’s role in the two-and-a-half year Syrian civil war. Many
observers believe Bandar, with his close ties to Washington, has been at
the very heart of the push for war by the U.S. against Assad.
Ingersoll referred to an article in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph about secret Russian-Saudi talks alleging that Bandar offered Russian President Vladimir Putin cheap oil in exchange for dumping Assad.
Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad
regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on
Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord,” Ingersoll
can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The
Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by
us,” Bandar allegedly told the Russians.
with Saudi officials, the U.S. allegedly gave the Saudi intelligence
chief the thumbs up to conduct these talks with Russia, which comes as
no surprise,” Ingersoll wrote.
is American-educated, both military and collegiate, served as a highly
influential Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., and the CIA totally loves this
guy,” he added.
According to U.K.’s Independent newspaper, it was Prince Bandar’s intelligence agency that first brought allegations of the use of sarin gas by the regime to the attention of Western allies in February.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the CIA realized Saudi Arabia was “serious” about toppling Assad when the Saudi king named Prince Bandar to lead the effort.
believed that Prince Bandar, a veteran of the diplomatic intrigues of
Washington and the Arab world, could deliver what the CIA couldn’t:
planeloads of money and arms, and, as one U.S. diplomat put it, wasta, Arabic for under-the-table clout,” it said.
has been advancing Saudi Arabia’s top foreign policy goal, WSJ
reported, of defeating Assad and his Iranian and Hezbollah allies.
To that aim, Bandar worked Washington to back a program to arm and train rebels out of a planned military base in Jordan.
The newspaper reports that he met with the “uneasy Jordanians about such a base”:
meetings in Amman with Jordan’s King Abdullah sometimes ran to eight
hours in a single sitting. “The king would joke: ‘Oh, Bandar’s coming
again? Let’s clear two days for the meeting,’ ” said a person familiar
with the meetings.Jordan’s
financial dependence on Saudi Arabia may have given the Saudis strong
leverage. An operations center in Jordan started going online in the
summer of 2012, including an airstrip and warehouses for arms.
Saudi-procured AK-47s and ammunition arrived, WSJ reported, citing Arab
Saudi Arabia has officially maintained that it supported more moderate
rebels, the newspaper reported that “funds and arms were being funneled
to radicals on the side, simply to counter the influence of rival
Islamists backed by Qatar.”
But rebels interviewed said Prince Bandar is referred to as “al-Habib” or ‘the lover’ by al-Qaida militants fighting in Syria.
Peter Oborne, writing
in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday, has issued a word of caution about
Washington’s rush to punish the Assad regime with so-called ‘limited’
strikes not meant to overthrow the Syrian leader but diminish his
capacity to use chemical weapons:
this: the only beneficiaries from the atrocity were the rebels,
previously losing the war, who now have Britain and America ready to
intervene on their side. While there seems to be little doubt that
chemical weapons were used, there is doubt about who deployed them.It
is important to remember that Assad has been accused of using poison
gas against civilians before. But on that occasion, Carla del Ponte, a
U.N. commissioner on Syria, concluded that the rebels, not Assad, were
information in this article could not be independently verified. Mint
Press News will continue to provide further information and updates .
Gavlak is a Middle East correspondent for Mint Press News and has
reported from Amman, Jordan, writing for the Associated Press, NPR and
BBC. An expert in Middle Eastern affairs, Gavlak covers the Levant
region, writing on topics including politics, social issues and economic
trends. Dale holds a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University
of Chicago. Contact Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ababneh is a Jordanian freelance journalist and is currently working on
a master’s degree in journalism, He has covered events in Jordan,
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Libya. His stories have appeared on
Amman Net, Saraya News, Gerasa News and elsewhere.
Lisäys 3.9.2013: Pentagon
on saattanut sotkeentua Syyrian kemikaali-iskuun
kaikki keinot ovat mahdollisia ja tietotulvan keskellä on hyvin vaikeaa
selvittää mikä osa siitä on faktaa ja mikä puhdasta disinformaatiota.
Näin tälläkin kertaa. Anonyymi hakkeri väittää päässeensä tunkeutumaan
Yhdysvaltain armeijan eversti Anthony J.Macdonaldin sähköpostiin.
Kyseisen everstin mainitaan olevan henkilöstöjohtaja armeijan
tiedusteluhenkilöstön varajohtajan operaatio ja suunnitteluosastolla.
Ensimmäisen viestin sisältönä on vain onnittelut menestyksekkäästä
operaatiosta Syyrian kaasuiskun suhteen.
vaimon dialogista ystävättärensä kanssa puolestaan ilmenee että kuvat
kuolleista lapsista olivatkin näyteltyjä ja kemiallinen isku ns ”false
flag” operaatio ja järjestetty Yhdysvaltain tiedusteluelinten toimesta.
tämä uutinen on faktaa se osoittaa kansalaisjournalismin – ja
hakkeroinnin – edustavan nykypäivänä sitä mitä median pitäisi tehdä
vallan vahtikoirana. Jos kyse puolestaan on vedätyksestä se osoittaa
mediasodan uusien välineiden käyttökelpoisuutta ja moninaisuutta.