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French Intelligence Report Fingers Assad For Chemical Attacks




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Oh and remember this photo of this child who was in the back of an ambulance after supposedly being attacked by Assad and his regime? -JAD

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French Declassified Intelligence Report On Alleged, Syria Gas Attacks

Reuters Apr 15/18

 

Declassified national assessment provided by French Foreign Ministry 


HIGHLIGHTS:

 

 

SEVERAL LETHAL CHEMICAL ATTACKS TOOK PLACE IN THE TOWN OF DOUMA IN THE LATE AFTERNOON OF SATURDAY,7 APRIL 2018, AND WE ASSESS WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE THAT THEY WERE CARRIED OUT BY THE SYRIAN REGIME.

 

Non-governmental medical organizations active in Ghouta (the Syrian American Medical Society and the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations), whose information is generally reliable, publicly stated that strikes had targeted in particular local medical infrastructure on 6 and 7 April.

 

A massive influx of patients in health centres in Eastern Ghouta (at the very least 100 people) presenting symptoms consistent with exposure to a chemical agent was observed and documented during the early evening. In total, several dozen people, more than forty according to several sources, are thought to have died from exposure to a chemical substance.

 



After examining the videos and images of victims published online, they were able to conclude with a high degree of confidence that the vast majority are recent and not fabricated.



Symptoms:

Suffocation, asphyxia

Strong chlorine odour and presence of green smoke

Hypersalivation and hypersecretions

Skin burns and corneal burns

 

The attack of 7 April 2018 took place as part of a wider military offensive carried out by the regime on the Eastern Ghouta region. 


During this first phase, the Syrian regime’s political and military strategy consisted in alternating indiscriminate military offensives against local populations, which sometimes included the use of chlorine, and pauses in operations for negotiations. However, between 4,500 and 5,500 Jaysh al-Islam fighters, mostly located in Douma, refused the terms of negotiation.

 

Tactically speaking, this type of ammunition is used to flush out enemy fighters sheltering in homes and engage in urban combat in conditions.

 

Strategically speaking, chemical weapons and particularly chlorine, documented in Eastern Ghouta since early 2018, are especially used to punish civilian populations present in zones held by fighters opposed to the Syrian regime and to create a climate of terror and panic that encourages them to surrender.

 

Since 2012, the Syrian forces have repeatedly used the same pattern of military tactics: toxic chemicals are mainly used during wider urban offensives, as was the case in late 2016 during the recapture of Aleppo, where chlorine weapons were regularly used in conjunction with traditional weapons. The zones targeted, such as Eastern Ghouta, are all major military objectives for Damascus.

 

SINCE APRIL 2017, THE SYRIAN REGIME HAS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND TOXIC AGENTS IN ITS MILITARY OPERATIONS INCREASINGLY OFTEN.

 

The French services assess that Syria did not declare all of its stockpiles and capacities to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) during its late, half-hearted accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in October 2013.


[Half-hearted? On October 14, 2013, Syria became “a full-fledged state member of the convention,” announced the OPCW’s Michael Luhan. The move, he added, came after “the decision taken a few weeks ago at Syria’s request to fast forward the application to enable us to get on with our work.” The Hindu reported: “Syria said it would sign the Chemical Weapons Convention, following Russia’s proposal that it hand over its chemical weapons to international supervisors.”]

 

 

Syria omitted, notably, to declare many of the activities of its Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC). Only recently has it accepted to declare certain SSRC activities under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but not, however, all of them. Initially, it also failed to declare the sites at Barzeh and Jemraya, eventually doing so in 2018.


Four questions asked of the Syrian regime by the OPCW… which have remained unanswered require particular attention:


- possible remaining stocks of yperite (mustard gas) and DF (a sarin precursor);

 

- undeclared chemical weapons of small calibre which may have been used on several occasions, including during the attack on Khan Sheikhoun in April2017;

- signs of the presence of VX and sarin on production and loading sites;

 

- signs of the presence of chemical agents that have never been declared, including nitrogen mustard, lewisite, soman and VX.

 


[Chemical weapons attacks by unnamed perpetrators:]


Since 2014, the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission has published several reports confirming the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria. The UN-OPCW Joint Investigation Mechanism(JIM) on chemical weapons attacks has investigated nine occasions when they have allegedly been used.

 

This attack, carried out in two phases, at Latamneh on 30 March, and then at Khan Sheikhoun with sarin gas on 4 April, led to the death of more than 80 civilians.

 

A considerable rise in cases of use can be noted since the non-renewal of the mechanism of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigation Mechanism in November 2017 because of Russia’s veto at the UN Security Council. A considerable increase in chlorine attacks since the beginning of the offensive on Eastern Ghouta has also been clearly observed and proven.


A series of attacks preceded the major attack of 7 April 2018, as part of a wider offensive (at least 8 chlorine attacks in Douma, Shayfounia and Hamouria).

 

A chemical warfare modus operandi of the Syrian

government has been well documented since the attacks on Eastern Ghouta on 21 August 2013 and on Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017.

 

In violation of its international obligations despite clear warnings from UN Security Council and OPCW members, Damascus seeks to seize a tactical military advantage locally, and above all to terrorize populations in order to break down all remaining resistance.

 

[The French have not tested any of the chemical agents:


In the absence to date of chemical samples analysed by our own laboratories, France therefore considers (i) that, beyond possible doubt, a chemical attack was carried out against civilians at Douma on 7 April 2018

 

[Despite considerable documentation of chemical weapons stockpiles, assembly buildings and use agaimst civilian populations by ISIS militias.]

   

There is no plausible scenario other than that of an attack by Syrian armed forces as part of a wider offensive in the Eastern Ghouta enclave.

 


FULL REPORT




See also:  


Who Is The Real Culprit Behind Chemical Attacks in Syria? 


SYRIA-OUSLY

 发件人     William Thomas 2018