“Wasn’t us” – US downplays involvement with chemical weapons in Syria


December 20, 2017 – FRN – 

Rusvesvna – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

The government use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, in the framework of the discussion on the Syrian peace settlement, is being misrepreented by the US leadership in its own interests.

Washington has once again announced the list of the perpetrators responsible for the use of poisonous substances in the territory of the Syrian Republic, placing Damascus on  par with the terrorist group ISIL. 

On Monday, the official website of the White House published an updated version of the US National Security Strategy, where one of the paragraphs begins with the phrase: “The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against its citizens undermines international norms.” 

As is known, in 2013-2014 all poisonous substances were removed from the territory of Syria under the supervision of international observers (UN Security Council Resolution 2118 – Ed.)

Nevertheless, this circumstance does not prevent Washington from citing questionable arguments that allegedly testify to the violation of international norms by the Syrian authorities. 

Perhaps the clearest example of this is the investigation by the joint mechanism of the UN and the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) incident in the city of Khan-Sheikhun, which, as noted by a number of experts, was conducted in the interests of political elites of the West. 

The information noise created around it was utilised by Washington as an excuse discrediting the official Syrian leadership. Nevertheless, the rhetoric of the US seems to have given in somewhat, naming the real executor of chemical crimes as well.

Returning to the new US national security strategy, one of the pages of the document states the following information: “ISIL used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq. Terrorist groups continue to seek materials related to weapons of mass destruction. “

The document emphasizes that there is a risk of emergence of extreme threats, if terrorists find “nuclear, radioactive or biological materials that are not properly protected.”

It is noteworthy that the published document, in fact, is the second official confirmation of Washington about the presence and use of chemical weapons by radical groups.

Two months earlier, information was posted on the official website of the State Department, in which the US department recommended citizens refrain from traveling to the Syrian Arab Republic, and especially to Idlib province. The tactics of ISIL, Tahrir al-Sham and other extremist groups include the use of suicide bombers, kidnapping, the use of small and heavy weapons, improvised explosive devices and chemical weapons, ” message. 

Be that as it may, a completely logical question is brewing: “What is the reason for them  to finally recognize the obvious?”

Firstly, in the last few months, the Syrian Army has regularly come across chemical substances belonging to the rebels. A striking example is the finding of poison barrels,  reminiscent of the appearance of old gas cylinders, previously used in the UK for equipping with a mixture of chlorine and phosgene. 

At least ten cellars with chemical substances are located in the province of Idlib, controlled by the rebels of Djabhat al Nusra, according to intelligence reports. But, the remaining ISIL in Syria are no longer of interest to the “guarantor” of world security. 

There comes a time when you need to distance yourself from the radical participant as far as possible.

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