After many days of delay inside the security arch of Damascus’ city center, the international chemical weapons watchdog group, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), announced that its team of investigators finally entered the Damascus suburb town of Douma early on Saturday.
In an official statement posted to its website, the OPCW confirmed the following:
The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited one of the sites in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic today to collect samples for analysis in connection with allegations of chemical weapons use on 7 April 2018. The OPCW will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma.
The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission will initially study the collected samples at an OPCW lab in the Netherlands, with potential sample distribution to its other designated labs. In the past, it’s take up to multiple weeks or months for the OPCW to issue a preliminary report to the public.
Following the DOJ IG's criminal referral of fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C., JW President @TomFitton said: "The wheels of justice finally caught up w/ McCabe for repeatedly lying under oath to investigators."https://t.co/ndemu3Uon8
People tell me it's crazy that I went there and recorded what I saw—but so did 20 other news teams!! There were two dozen news vans and satellite trucks in Douma with me that day. Where is their coverage though? They had the same opportunity I had, where are their stories? https://t.co/XGCjlYwTKL
“In all probability, the Douma incident was a propaganda stunt orchestrated by Western-backed anti-government militants and their White Helmets media agents, precisely in order to provoke an external military attack on Syria by the US, Britain and France.” https://t.co/hkStgVZGFO
Black Lives Matter protesters showed up to my @UCLA event to protest. Here is a video clip of me smacking them down with the truth; they’re a bunch of whiny toddlers, pretending to be oppressed for attention. pic.twitter.com/riBA0A3J1I
Did The Democrat’s “The Russians did it” narrative just jump the shark?
The Washingtoin Post reports that The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement…
“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,”
“This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency,”
The case asserts that the Russian hacking campaign – combined with Trump associates’ contacts with Russia and the campaign’s public cheerleading of the hacks – amounted to an illegal conspiracy to interfere in the election that caused serious damage to the Democratic Party.
“The question for our youngsters studying abroad is very serious indeed… We have real grounds to worry that young Russians may suffer in provocations in countries that show an unfriendly attitude to (us).”
“The fact that it is the same submarine [involved in the Syria attack] further reinforces the rightness of the order… are not welcome in the port of Naples and, therefore, they are not allowed to travel through or stay…”
I promised the interviews were coming: here are SOME of them. There is too much to do, I film three hours a day and it takes ten hours to go through it.. be patient! A LOT more is coming. My only objective is to show you what I see from here, that's allhttps://t.co/V4o2YVAowo
How is @CNN even allowed to call itself news? There is no proof of any chemical attacks at all at this point. The notion that Russia would have supported chemical weapons use is even crazier. https://t.co/jbq1HLoFjv
The raft of new Russian retaliatory measures specifies a ban on “imports of US agricultural, alcoholic, tobacco products and medical drugs” and also halts cooperation “in nuclear energy, aircraft manufacturing and supplies of rocket engines.”
“After speaking with eyewitnesses on the ground in Syria, even mainstream media are beginning to cast doubt on the West’s narrative of an alleged gas attack in Douma, as medics tell French, German and UK media it never happened.” https://t.co/KYpDG6tPxn
H/t reader squodgy:
“So shamefully true.
I was so proud to be British.
As I learnt of these acts, including the London & Manchester bombings, my faith dissipated.
Then Treason May, the bankster’s moll took over.”
Big banks just cashed in the first installment of benefits corporate America will reap from the new federal tax law… The haul: more than $2.3 billion.
🆘‼🙄🔨 #Syria: under the malevolent, diabolical and dictatorial #BasharAlAssad, even Christian Catholic dignitaries such as bishops, monks and priests can sit in #Aleppo (Where the terrorists ruled months ago!) during the Independence celebrations. Strange! (04/17/18) pic.twitter.com/Hbg8VBiJxO
Two Turkish fighter jets harassed the Chinook helicopter carrying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Greek Armed Forces Chief Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis as they were flying from the islet of Ro to Rhodes.
“A number of senior White House officials told reporters that Haley made a mistake by making the announcement ahead of President Trump and that it shouldn’t have been made public on the Sunday morning show. A senior official said Trump was angry about the situation.(Uh-huh. And who selected this witch?)
Robert Fisk’s bombshell first-hand account for the UKIndependent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist foundno evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he’s encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.
Fisk isthe first Western journalist to reach and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons attackwidely blamed on Assad’s forces. Writing from Douma in eastern Ghouta, Fisk has interviewed a Syrian doctor who works at the hospital shown in one of the well-known videos which purports to depict victims of a chemical attack.
Importantly, the report, published late in the day Monday, is causing a stir among mainstream journalists who–minutes after the Saudi-sponsored jihadist group Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) accused the Syrian Army of gassing civilians–began uncritically promoting the “Assad gassed his own people” narrative as an already cemented and “proven” fact based on the mere word a notoriously brutal armed group who itself has admitted to using chemical weapons on the Syrian battlefield in prior years. Also notable is that no journalist or international observer was anywhere near Douma when the purported chemical attack took place.
Rand Paul: I have yet to see evidence that Assad was responsible for the chemical attack in Syria. The only thing that would galvanize the world to attack Assad directly is a chemical attack. So what logic would there be for Assad, who’s winning the war, to use chemical weapons? pic.twitter.com/1NFF2duoAy
The Trump administration is hoping to secure a commitment from a handful of Middle Eastern states to assemble what is effectively an Arab army for a permanent military “stabilizing force” in Syria.
Russian military claims it has found a rebel chemical weapons warehouse in #Douma, #Syria with pre-cursors and chlorine but as yet, like the US, UK and France, provides no evidence. https://t.co/89lPR4Lpgf
The writing is on the wall and major financial institutions across the world are warning about the economic disaster to come. Unabated money printing, tariff trade wars, rising interest rates and retail slowdowns point to one result, and it’s going to be brutal.
Big banks and governments know what’s coming and they are preparing for this eventuality by stockpiling huge amounts of “real money” ahead of the crisis.
"Judicial Watch has obtained 32 pages of records showing that the Obama administration sent U.S. taxpayers’ funds to a Soros-backed group that used the money to fund left-wing political activities in Albania." via @BreitbartNewshttps://t.co/GWKt2UcKkN
You be with Al-Qaeda Jaish-al-Islam (Army of Islam) and ISIS if you like. I stand with Syria against them. All righteous people will do so. You bombed before your inspectors even started work, fully exposing your mendacity. You hadn’t the guts to put it to your parliament. ENDS.
Investigators from the OPCW have barely begun sifting through the evidence on the ground in Douma, but that hasn’t stopped the US, France and the UK from patting themselves on the back for a “job well done” after last night’s brutal bombing campaign in Damascus and Homs.
And true to form, President Donald Trump was up early Saturday (as he is most weekends) to fire off a gloating tweet about the coalition’s airstrikes, which purportedly targeted regime bases and facilities dedicated to the production of chemical weapons.
In a series of tweets, the president lauded the “perfectly executed strike last night” and offered a “thank you” to France and the UK for “their wisdom and the power of their fine Military.”
“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”
And while Trump’s plan to eliminate some discretionary domestic spending from the “omnibus” spending bill passed last month has reportedly hit the rocks ahead of its formal release early next month, the president eagerly seized the opportunity to gloat about the passage of a bill that he had expressed major reservations about only weeks before.
“So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest our Country has ever had,” Trump tweeted.
So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close!
I’ve told you before the election that Donald Trump, like Hillary Clinton, is a Freemason and an Illuminati puppet.
On Friday the 13th, how appropriate!!!
And what could possibly go wrong now???
“If there is a strike by the Americans, then we refer to the statements of President [Vladimir] Putin and the chief of staff that the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired.”
– Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin
As the blame game over the alleged chemical attack in Syria escalates ahead of what is expected to be an imminent, if contained, air strike campaign by the US, UK and/or France against Syria, on Friday morning, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow had “irrefutable evidence” that the attack – which allegedly killed more than 40 people in an April 7 chemical weapons strike on the former rebel outpost of Douma -was staged with the help of a foreign secret service.
“We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged event, and that the secret services of a certain state that is now at the forefront of a Russophobic campaign was involved in this staged event,” he said during a press conference according to AFP.
Speculation that said “certain state” was the UK was confirmed shortly after, when Russia’s defense ministry alleged that Britain was involved in the suspected chemical attack. According to defense ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, the Kremlin has evidence that Britain was behind the attack.
Quoted by Reuters, he said: “We have… evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organising this provocation.”
As RT further adds, the Russian Defense Ministry presented what it says is “proof that the reported chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged.”
It also accused the British government of pressuring the perpetrators to speed up the “provocation.” During a briefing on Friday, the ministry showed interviews with two people, who, it said, are medical professionals working in the only hospital operating in Douma, a town near the Syrian capital, Damascus.
During a briefing on Friday, the ministry showed interviews with two people, who, it said, are medical professionals working in the only hospital operating in Douma, a town near the Syrian capital, Damascus.
In the interviews released to the media, the two men reported how footage was shot of people dousing each other with water and treating children, which was claimed to show the aftermath of the April 7 chemical weapons attack. The patients shown in the video suffered from smoke poisoning and the water was poured on them by their relatives after a false claim that chemical weapons were used, the ministry said.
“Please, notice. These people do not hide their names. These are not some faceless claims on the social media by anonymous activists. They took part in taking that footage,” said Konashenkov.
“The Russian Defense Ministry also has evidence that Britain had a direct involvement in arranging this provocation in Eastern Ghouta,” the general added, referring to the neighborhood of which Douma is part. “We know for certain that between April 3 and April 6 the so-called White Helmets were seriously pressured from London to speed up the provocation that they were preparing.”
According to Konashenkov, the group, which was a primary source of photos and footage of the purported chemical attack, was informed of a large-scale artillery attack on Damascus planned by the Islamist group Army of Islam, which controlled Douma at the time. The White Helmets were ordered to arrange the provocation after retaliatory strikes by the Syrian government forces, which the shelling was certain to lead to, he said.
The UK rejected the accusations, with British UN Ambassador Karen Pierce calling them “grotesque,” “a blatant lie” and “the worst piece of fake news we’ve yet seen from the Russian propaganda machine.”
One of the interviews published by the ministry showed a man who said his name was Halil Ajij, and who said he was a medical student working at Douma’s only operational hospital. This is how he described the origin of the footage:
“On April 8, a bomb hit a building. The upper floors were damaged and a fire broke at the lower floors. Victims of that bombing were brought to us. People from the upper floors had smoke poisoning. We treated them, based on their suffocation.”
“…the debate that seems to be missing from all this – and this was mentioned by the [Russian] ambassador – is what possible motive might Syria have to launch a chemical attack at this time and in this place… The Syrians are winning,”
Is it any wonder that US-Russia relations are, reportedly, as their lowest in decades?…
Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) to I. “Scooter Lewis Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard Cheney, for convictions stemming from a 2007 trial.
“Everything calls peace, Schalom! Then it will occur – a new Middle East war suddenly flames up, big naval forces are facing hostiley in the Mediterranean – the situation is strained. But the actual firing spark is set on fire in the Balkan: I see a “large one” falling, a bloody dagger lies beside him – then impact is on impact. …”
After they launched a lethal strike (from Lebanese airspace, no less) against the T-4 airforce base in Syria in retaliation for the a chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held Syrian village – killing several Iranians in the process – senior Israeli officials have finally confirmed what many have long assumed since the country started escalating its military operations within the borders of its crumbling Levantine neighbor.
That is, if Israel even so much as suspects that Iranian agents are planning an attack against Israel from Syrian territory, it will be Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who ends up on the receiving end of a preemptive strike from the IDF, per the Jerusalem Post.
“If the Iranians act against Israel from Syrian territory, Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime will be those that pay the price.”
The aggressive rhetoric from senior officials in the IDF comes after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei referred to Israel’s attack on the T-4 air base as “Israel’s crime” and threatened that it “would not remain without a response.”
However, IDF officials are literally threatening to “wipe Assad off the map.”
“Assad’s regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map and the worldif the Iranians do try to harm Israel or its interests from Syrian territory,” said senior officials in the defense establishment.
A shooting war between the US and Russia appears imminent.
Following overnight speculation that the US may launch an airstrike on Syria at any moment, this morning, in his latest fiery tweetstorm, after slamming the failing New York Times and again lashing out at the Russia collusion probe and Cohen’s office raid, Trump tweeted that “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
Trump’s comments came in response to a statement by the Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin who said overnight that any U.S. missiles fired at Syria will be shot down and their launch sites targeted in response to Trump promise of a forceful response to an alleged chemical attack on a rebel enclave near Damascus.