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Trump’s Deadly Deceit In Syria Exposed

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What happened? Why?

What are the consequences?


 Compiled from news sources 

by William Thomas



On April 4, while Trump was scarfing a dinner of steak and carrots in his Florida beach resort, at least 18 people - including nine civilians - were killed in the US missile strike. The majority of victims were local villagers around the targeted airfield, as well as in the nearby villages of al-Hamrat and al-Manzul.


“All of the officers there have actually taken part in the Syrian campaign against ISIS [Islamic State],” said Qusai Nasr, whose relative was killed in the airstrike.


The White House described its missile attack as “a huge humanitarian component” to its military operation in Syria.


Trump said the missile strike was of “vital national security interest” to the USA, without elaborating.


US Ambassador to UN displays photos of chemical exposure victims

U.S. ambassador, Nikki Haley shows faked “chemical attack” photos to the UN

Colin Powell displays fake anthrax at UN

Colin Powell displays fake Iraqi “anthrax" to the UN

The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley called Washington’s action “fully justified,” claiming that

the U.S. strike “destroyed the airfield from which this week’s chemical strike took place.” 


Haley also said Iran and Russia are “guilty parties” and that Washington was “prepared to do more.”


Aftermath of the US missile attack on the Syrian military airbase. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy

Aftermath of the US missile attack on the Syrian military airbase. -Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Sputnik’


The strike on Shayrat airfield wasn't effective. Only 23 out of 59 Tomahawk missiles reached their intended target. 

Syria’s official SANA news agency earlier on Friday reported that "an American missile also hit the village of al-Hamrat, which killed four civilians including a child. Another seven civilians were wounded when a missile hit homes in al-Manzul, four kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the Shayrat air base."


Any deaths among the Russian personnel stationed at the targeted airbase could have sparked armed conflict between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers.

If intended to prevent further Syrian Air Force sorties, the cruise missile strike on the airfield failed. It destroyed a material storage depot, a training facility, a canteen, six MiG-23 aircraft in repair hangars and a radar station. The runway, taxiways and the Syrian aircraft on the parking apron remain undamaged.

Two Syrian jets later took off from the air base and carried out strikes against ISIS in the countryside of eastern Homs. 




Trump is known around the wolrd as a serial liar. 

“I think that needs to be evidence based. I don’t think that the Russian government as well, as the Syrian government, has anything to gain by using chemical weapons at a time when they are already gaining headway,” says China specialist, Andrew K.P. Leung.


“Various people in Washington have been saying off the record that this was a one-off attack; that it was done because Trump did want to show that he does have some power in the middle of the chaos, that he is doing something; that he can make things happen,” states Gwenyth Todd, former political adviser to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet and former US National Security Council Middle East adviser to the Clinton and George W. Bush administration. “But to jump to the assumption that it was Assad is really a leap, especially given the fact that Assad did have no motive to use chemical weapons and every motive not to.


“The chemical attack occurred just as peace talks were beginning in Geneva, and with the Syrian army in a dominant position in the sixth year of a war fueled by outside powers,” expand Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton. 


“The attacks threaten to reverse the political gains made by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad… Given its dominant position, why would the Syrian government authorize a chemical attack that was likely to trigger renewed calls for regime change?”




The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons got a Nobel Price for managing the complete elimination of prohibited chemical weapons by Syria in 2014. It was an amazing achievement. The chemical weapons were all destroyed on a U.S. vessel, and they were carefully inspecting those chemicals to see if they could identify sarin that matched up with the sarin that was used in Damascus thinking that they could find the proof that way, and of course they did not,” explains Rick Sterling.


The Russian Foreign Ministry firmly dismissed any allegations of chemical weapons use by the Syrian military, saying Syria’s government does not possess any such weapons. The OPCW has “inspected virtually all the objects in Syria which were connected, or could be connected, to the country’s chemical warfare program.”

“There is no evidence that the chemical attack was led by [Syrian aircraft] from this spot,” Qusai Nasr Nasr said, adding that neither the U.S. nor rebels “show evidence of an aerial strike, the aerial deployment of the chemical weapon. If it was the case thousands of people might have been killed in a town that has a lot of people inside but the number that they said, and I think, they are exaggerating, are very, very little.”


Hassan Youssef, 40, victim of chemical weapons exposure. -Omar Haj Kadour:Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Hassan Youssef, 40, victim of chemical weapons exposure. -Omar Haj Kadour/Agence France-Presse, Getty Images



The Russian military says that Damascus attacked an arms depot where chemical weapons had been stockpiled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front militants.


The lethal chemical exposure ‘incident’ in Idlib was a result of an air raid by Syrian forces, which hit a facility where terrorists produced chemical filled shells for usage in Syria and Iraq. 


It wouldn’t be the first time. At the end of Desert Storm, the demolition of a massive Iraqi chemical weapons dump at al-Kamisayah exposed a quarter-million U.S. and allied soldiers to chemical and nerve agents fallout. [Bringing The War Home by William Thomas]


Syrian Chemical Weapons Victims Victims of chemical weapon

Syrian vctims of widely reported chemical weapons demolition fallout

Colonel W. Patrick Lang, a highly decorated retired senior officer and Mideast specialist for U.S. Military Intelligence and the Green Berets, reveals what grnts call, 'the ground truth':


"The United States was fully briefed on the… target in Idlib that the Russians believed was a weapons/explosives depot for Islamic rebels.


"The Syrian Air Force hit the target with conventional weapons. All involved expected to see a massive secondary explosion…. Instead, smoke, chemical smoke, began billowing from the site.


"There was a strong wind blowing that day and the cloud

[of] organic phosphates and chlorine… was driven to a nearby village and caused casualties. We know it was not sarin… The so-called "first responders" handled the victims without gloves… Sarin on the skin will kill you.


There are "members of the U.S. military who were aware this strike would occur and it was recorded. There is a film record.


"The Russians and Syrians were informed, or at least were aware, that the attack was coming. They were able to remove a large number of their assets. The base the United States hit was something of a backwater. Donald Trump gets to pretend that he is a tough guy. He is not. He is a fool. 




Defense and energy stocks moved higher Friday, with Tomahawk missile-maker Raytheon Corp. a key gainer. The replacement cost of the Tomahawks used against Syria will total about $89 million.

Trump saw Thursday night’s missile assault as a way to change the conversation in Washington, where his administration has been under fierce attack,” Robert Parry writes. “Even if the ouster of Assad” leads to “a victory by Islamic extremists associated with Al Qaeda and/or the Islamic State.”


Trump seems to be “shooting the wrong side,” observes Beirut-based journalist and Middle East expert, Martin Jay. “The problem with hitting Assad is that you immediately give the benefit to those who are fighting him. On the ground, we shouldn’t forget that in the last few months Assad has started to hit extremists in Northern Syria once again. So for Trump to go ahead and bomb military installations of the Assad forces – you’re giving the upper hand to the extremists who are fighting them.”


“First of all, the U.S. and its European allies, if you recall, gave Saddam Hussein chemical weapons to use with impunity against the Iranians and his own people. No one complained back then. The BBC and Western media outlets were completely silent... This is utter hypocrisy,” declares Prof. Seyed Mohammad Marandi from the University of Tehran.


“In the UN Security Council, the U.S. did not want an investigation. It is obvious. They and the Western media, which is cheerleading, basically are out to hurt the Syrian government, and they will justify it in any way possible, and the Western media will be completely obedient.


“Possibly one reason why Trump carried out this atrocity and this war crime was because of the pressure he was facing in the U.S. He wanted the mainstream media, which has been attacking him for months now, to support him. Just like President Clinton, when he was under pressure because of Monica Lewinsky, he carried out an airstrike on a pharmaceutical factory in the Sudan, claiming that they made chemical weapons. He was trying to distract attention away from his own problems. In the same way, I think Trump is trying to gain popularity.”



A rebel fighter walks toward Syrian Army soldiers whiie evacuating the besieged central Syrian city of Homs, after a local agreement reached between rebels and Syria's army, Sept 22, 2016. -Omar Sanadiki : Reuters

A rebel fighter walks toward Syrian Army soldiers whiie evacuating the besieged central Syrian city of Homs, after a local agreement reached between rebels and Syria's army, Sept 22, 2016. -Omar Sanadiki / Reuters


The attack was applauded by the Salafi jihadist militia Ahrar al-Sham, Yemen-slaughtering Saudi Arabia and Israel.


The US attack “actually helps the terrorists, and helps ISIL and Al-Nusra,” Nasr said. “ISIL and Al-Nusra are actually put on the terrorism list by the US. It is really strange that the United States would attack an airbase that is heavily involved in a campaign against ISIL.”


U.S. intervention would be the last hope for Syrian rebels, and a shot in the arm to al-Qaeda, which has grown to record size thanks to America's military meddling across the Middle East,” write Blumenthal and Norton. 


The U.S. missile strike in Syria “only facilitated the strengthening of terrorism,” Russia’s deputy acting envoy to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, told the UN Security Council. The US has “attacked those who combatted terrorism.”


Calling Washington’s attack an “illegitimate act of aggression” on a “sovereign country,” the Russian diplomat said that the strike had “raised the spirits of terrorists” in the region.


The Russian Defense Ministry points to a large-scale offensive against the Syrian Army carried out by Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front terrorists after strikes, adding, “We hope that this offensive was in no way coordinated with the US.” 


"The attack that was carried out today will help the terrorists,” concurs investigative journalist and member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, Rick Sterling.This was an attack on a Syrian air force base. What it will do is it will make it more difficult for the Syrian air force to attack terrorists in the area around Homs, which has been under threat. 


"… we [were] beginning to cooperate with the Russians in planning the offensive against ISIS in Raqqa, hitting Al-Qaeda in Idlib. Now we in effect have delivered a military strike against the people that are fighting against ISIS and Al-Qaeda.





People in the streets of the Syrian capital of Damascus have harshly criticized a U.S.attack on a Syrian airfield, advocating a response for what they called an “aggression” against the entire nation.


“As Syrians… we know that we are targeted and there is a conspiracy against us. Every time we move forward for stability and for victory they attack us or send terrorists to us… But we won’t fear anyone because we are the owners of this land,” another Syrian said, adding that the people of Syria “condemn this criminal act, carried by a country which claims to protect human rights.”


“If you want the truth, it is just an argument to enter the country, like with what they did in Iraq,” said another Damascus resident.

Bouthaina Shaaban

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban 


“The United States felt that they have to save the terrorists and lift their morale,” accuses Bouthaina Shaaban. But President Assad’s political and media adviser believes Trump’s ill-considered attack will backfire, as it exposes the relationship between the West and terrorism.


“For the last few weeks, we’ve been fighting terrorists both in the suburbs of Damascus and near Damascus and particularly in Hama and Homs where the American attack took place,” Bouthaina Shaaban explained. “And we achieved great achievements against ISIS and Al-Nusra and therefore the attack of the Americans on our airbase only played in hands of terrorists and lifted their morale and in fact came to support them.”


She added: “The missile strike on the airfield is a “desperate attempt by the United States to change the balance of power in favor of terrorists… They have been trying for the last seven years, secretly or publicly, to help terrorists and they will not be able to achieve that, because this land is ours and we will defend this land to the last drop of our blood.”


UK Independent Party leader Paul Nuttall condemned the Syria attack as “rash, trigger happy, nonsensical and will achieve nothing.”


The British MP added, “The U.S. attack on the Assad regime does nothing to lower tensions, nor will it hasten peace in that country… firing off missiles in an enraged response shows weakness not strength in the face of horror. I hoped for better from this administration.”

Bolivia delivered an epic blow to the US at the emergency UN Security Council meeting Friday, reminding everyone of the disastrous weapons of mass destruction lie peddled by the US as a pretext to invade Iraq.

At emergency UN Security Council meeting, Bolivia reminds everyone of the disastrous chemical weapons lie peddled by the U.S. to invade Iraq.


Speaking at the emergency UN meeting to discuss the United States’ missile strikes against Syria, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations, Sacha Llorenti, criticized Trump’s unilateral action against Syria, calling it “an extremely serious violation of international law.”


Llorenti reminded the council of what transpired on Wednesday February 5, 2003, when then-US secretary of state Colin Powell “came to this room to present to us, according to his own words, convincing proof that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”


“After this invasion, there was 1 million deaths, and it launched a series of atrocities in that region. Could we talk about ISIS if that invasion had not taken place? Could we be talking about the series of horrendou