PressTV, in French:
Damascus. Saudi Arabia funds US coalition operations “The Saudi Crown Prince financed the attack against Syria,” said a Syrian official.
Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Syrian Parliament Ammar Assad said on Sunday (April 15th) that the missile attack launched by the United States, the United Kingdom and France had been paid for by the Crown Prince Saudi Mohammed bin Salman.
“US President Donald Trump has already announced on many occasions that Saudi Arabia should fund the coalition’s military operations. The US side has asked for four billion dollars. It is Saudi Arabia that finances all aggressive operations led by the US-led coalition in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Mohammed bin Salman went to France and the United States and paid all the expenses of a military aggression against Syria. The pleasure that Saudi Arabia has taken in this attack supports this assertion,” said Ammar Assad.*
He reiterated that the failure of Saudi Arabia’s last pawn in Syria, the terrorist group Jaych al-Islam, was one of the motivations for this attack. “Saudi Arabia benefits from this situation because it supports destructive operations in the region. This is how it wants to propagate the Wahhabi thought, which is at the origin of the slaughterings and all the terrorist attacks of the world,” he added.
Ammar Assad declared that the scenario of the attack had been planned out by Jaish al-Islam under the auspices of the the intelligence services of the west and of Saudi Arabia.
“The chief of the Jaish al-Islam, Mohammed Allouch, who lives in Saudi Arabia, orchestrated the chemical attack of Douma with the aid and assistance of Saudi intelligence,” he explained.
*Note: Thus Ammar Assad confirms a deal apparently struck earlier, as is visible in this excerpt from the Washington Post of March 16:
The White House wants money from the kingdom and other nations to help rebuild and stabilize the parts of Syria that the U.S. military and its local allies have liberated from the Islamic State. The postwar goal is to prevent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian partners from claiming the areas, or the Islamic State from regrouping, while U.S. forces finish mopping up the militants.
The Saudis, whose crown prince arrives in Washington on Monday for extensive meetings with the administration, are part of the anti-Islamic State coalition but have largely withdrawn from the fight in Syria in recent years. They are questioning the eye-popping sum even as U.S. officials at one point were drawing up line items totaling $4 billion.”