by Adel Karim, The International Reporter:
This report represents the independent investigation on the chemical attack allegedly carried out by the Syrian Air Forces in Khan Sheikhoun, in Syria’s Idlib. It provided a pretext for the U.S. Navy cruise missile attack at the Al-Shayrat airbase in Homs. Adel Karim is a Lebanese independent journalist with a focus on Middle East issues. You can find his articles in Beirut Observer.
Introduction: April 7, 2017, between 3.42 a.m. and 3.56 a.m., a massive missile rocket attack was carried out by U.S.S. Ross and U.S.S. Porter from the Mediterranean Sea near Crete Island. The destroyers launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian airbase Al-Shayrat in Homs province.According to the U.S. statement that the Syrian Air Forces allegedly used this air base for carrying out an attack on Khan Sheikhoun, has become an official excuse for the aggression, resulting in at least 100 civilians killed and more than 400 injured. The town of Khan-Sheikhoun is located at about 50 kilometers to the South of Idlib province. This territory has been under the control of Jabhat al-Nusra since 2014.
April 4, at 8 a.m., Abdullah al-Gani and Muaz al-Shami, freelance journalists who have links with radical groups located in Idlib, provided Orient News and Al-Jazeera with the video footage made by the White Helmets. The graphics show the consequences of the alleged chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun. According to Muazz al-Shami, sarin gas was used in the attack. The White Helmets is an organization that has been repeatedly discredited. It has direct links with Jabhat al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda. The actual aim of the organization is to stage fake photos and videos in order to demonize the current Syrian government and the Syrian Army.
At 10.00 a.m., the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces claimed that as a result of the chemical attack carried out by the Syrian government forces more than 54 civilians had been killed and at least 80 wounded. Most of the injured civilians were evacuated to the Turkish hospitals in Gaziantep.
Meantime the information about the use of chemical weapons has quickly started to spread overseas through mass media and social network.
At 09.25 a.m., Jobar News became one of the first media sources shared the information of the alleged chemical attack. The media source blamed the government forces for using sarin, and claimed that around 40 people were injured.
At 10.41 a.m., British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights spreadthe information that the Russian jets had used chemical weapons in Idlib. They also claimed that 58 people were killed.
At 11.08 a.m., Reuters posted the same information referring to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights.
At 12.30 p.m., Al-Masdar reportedthat the Syrian Arab Army had destroyed the rebel’s chemical weapons depot in Khan Sheikhoun.
At 4.30 p.m., Al-Masdar News doubted the fact that sarin chemical attack was conducted. In order to prove this version, the agency presented some photos and videos with the White Helmets providing first aid to injured people without using any individual protective gear. In addition, the behavior of the White Helmets activists was too calm for such an emergency situation which also looked suspiciously. It seemed that it was a not well-staged performance.
Reaction of Mainstream media
The Western media sharply reacted to the alleged chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun
April 4, 3.00 p.m., Paris urged to organize an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss this issue.
Later, UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, stated that he had already discussed this barbarous situation with Federica Mogherini. He also called on the UN Security Council to hold a session with the aim to find the guilty side.
The Foreign Ministries of Turkey, Germany, Canada, the U.S., France, the U.K. and also NATO Secretary General strongly condemned the alleged chemical attack in Syria after that.
Meanwhile, Russia and China advocated justified and objective investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, blamedthe Syrian government for the ‘chemical attack’ during the UN Security Council session.
Debunking the Myths
Our experts thoroughly analyzed the materials spread by the mainstream media used to justify the U.S. attack on Al-Shayrat airbase. We provide you with the arguments that there was no chemical attack.
To accuse the Syrian Air Forces of using chemical bombs the mass media published photo below, demonstrating the fact of chemical attack
The type of ammunition presented in the photo does not apply to any airborne or chemical weapons. There are any tail fins or other identifications. Probably, that was a handcraft mine or another kind of metal ware that didn’t belong to any weapons.Hence a question arises: why did the government troops use handcraft chemical weapons? Besides, there is only one small crater that can’t be considered as consequence of an air strike.
The White Helmets activists were trying to demonstrate us the primary symptoms of the organophosphorus poisonous substances effect, namely, miosis or corestenoma. However, this attempt was unsuccessful and we can see the opposite effect of the mydrias on the photos. Such an effect may be caused by narcotic or psychotropic drugs
This version was confirmed by experts from the Swedish Doctors For Human Rights Organization, who pointed out that the children shown in the videos were unconscious and under the influence of psychotropic substances.
On these photos there are no any symptoms of mild and moderate degrees of severity, such as abundant salivation, lacrimation and nose discharge.
The filmmakers attempted to demonstrate the discharge from nose, but such a weak degree does not have anything in common with sarin gas.
The video shows the White Helmets activists trying to demonstrate us severe poisoning instead of the medium and moderate poisoning, when people are able to stay in consciousness, sit independently, move and perform other actions. Besides, vomiting, urination, fecal discharge and severe convulsion poisoning are typical symptoms for severe poisoning. There are no such symptoms on presented photos.
The vaporous sarin gas is easily sorbed by porous structure such as textile materials, wool, wood, brick and concrete. This toxic agent is also absorbed by painted surfaces and rubber products, which causes the danger to a person emerging from the contaminated environment, as well as people who can be near or contact them.
It should be mentioned, that the ‘activists’ help injured people without using such personal protective equipment as gloves and gas mask.
The presence of respirators on their faces proves the weak awareness in the sphere of military chemistry among the film-makers. The vapors of sarin gas are affecting not only through the nasopharynx, but also through the mucous of eyes. Therefore, if any poisonous substance were actually used, a person without means of protection would definitely be contaminated if came into the contact with affected substances like cloth, wood, clothes. Instead, we see healthy, energetic and vigorous ‘rescuers’.
Moreover, the presence of a person in a gas mask who doesn’t take part in the action raises questions. He only points out the cameramen what to shoot. Who is he and why don’t other activists have such gas masks?
At about 11:00 a.m., various pieces of video where victims remaining in critical condition, were washed and taken to an unknown destination, were published. According to the elongated shadows, the video was made no later than 9. 30-10. 00 a.m., a few hours before the strike of the Syrian aviation.
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