OPCW Investigators Arrive In Damascus As Moscow Insists "White Helmets" Staged Gas Attack

The US-led coalition's missiles have already blasted craters into the ground near Damascus and Homs (and while the attacks produced no fatalities, the US and Russia have presented dramatically different accounts of strike), but investigators from the United Nation's chemical weapons watchdog are only just arriving in Damascus to begin processing the scene of the brutal chemical weapons attack in Douma last week that left at least 70 people dead.



Both Syria and Russia called for an OPCW inquiry into the attack, while Russia has claimed that it has evidence US-backed "white helmets" - a US-funded "humanitarian" NGO long applauded by the mainstream media for its efforts - had a hand in fabricating evidence. The US State Department, meanwhile, has asserted that it has "proof" the Syrian government was behind the attack (though it has neglected to release any details about this purported "proof" to the public). Furthermore, the US has blamed Russia for failing to ensure that chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria had been destroyed, per RT.

The agency was set up to oversee and guarantee the destruction of chemical weapons and to investigate instances of their use. The agency will examine samples taken from attack victims to determine the chemical used as it tries to uncover the perpetrator. Syria, Russia, the UK, the US, France and Russia are all members of the organization.


This isn't the first time OPCW has visited Syria in recent memory. It carried out a similar investigation in 2017, when the organization found that sarin or a sarin-like substance was employed in the town of Khan Shaykhun, but did not undertake an on-the-ground inspection of the site.

Evidence put forward in the agency’s report revealed the gas was most likely released to the north of the settlement. However, it did not attribute blame to the April 2017 attack, which was carried out in an area not controlled by the government of the Syrian Arab Republic at the time.

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Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense says it has proof that the gas attack in Douma was staged to give the West an excuse to justify a military intervention in Syria, according to Major-General Igor Konashenkov.

It also accused the British government of pressuring the perpetrators to speed up the "provocation." The MoD released interviews with two men who are purported to be the only doctors on the ground in Douma. They said video showing victims suffering from a chemical weapons attack was actually damage from smoke inhalation after a bomb struck a building, per RT.

"The Russian Defense Ministry also has evidence that Britain had a direct involvement in arranging this provocation in Eastern Ghouta,"  "We know for certain that between April 3 and April 6 the so-called White Helmets were seriously pressured from London to speed up the provocation that they were preparing."

As we reported on Thursday, Russia has uncovered evidence that the White Helmets helped plant evidence and fabricate photos of the alleged victims of the attack.

Furthermore, Konashenkov said Russia hoped that international monitors from OPCW would confirm Russia's findings. He added that Eastern Ghouta is trying to return to a peaceful existence after being liberated from militant groups by Syrian government forces.

Earlier this week, Russia's MoD said in a statement that experts who had been sent by Russia to investigate "found no traces of the use of chemical agents" following a search of the site, adding that "all these facts show... that no chemical weapons were used in the town of Douma, as it was claimed by the White Helmets."

“All the accusations brought by the White Helmets, as well as their photos… allegedly showing the victims of the chemical attack, are nothing more than a yet another piece of fake news and an attempt to disrupt the ceasefire,” said the Russian Reconciliation Center.

Russia's ambassador to the UN said earlier this week that the White Helmets were "mendaciously acting under the cloak of health professionals" and instead were spreading western propaganda.


Slack Jack swissthinker Sat, 04/14/2018 - 15:49 Permalink

This latest chemical attack in Syria is yet another FALSE FLAG.

Just like all the previous chemical attacks in Syria were FALSE FLAG events.

Just like the Skripal "chemical attack" in Britain was a FALSE FLAG event.

Trump is a Jew (so are Macron and Theresa May, by the way).


It seems the Jews want war,.... yet again.

If Putin does not respond, with force, to force,....

We can only conclude that Putin is a Jew too; Putin the new Hitler.

If you wish to see how real wars are conducted, read:

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.


It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.


Does anyone actually think a single missile was fired?

OR,... is it all massively coordinated false news.


The 30 or 40 missiles that got through should have left a few holes here and there.

Unless, of course, it is all BS.

It is 2 PM in Damascus; the video clips should have been up-loaded hours ago.

But there don't seem to be any.

"That's not the way the world really works anymore. We (Jews) are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality (by outright lies)... We're history's actors (the creators of huge wars)... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do (and get away with it)."



FireBrander "Video will come, Aerial photos will come"

But it will take some time and many will see that everything is BS.

If the missiles had really flown we would have videos of the results all over the internet, long ago.

This time they messed up big time. SAD.

If they rush the cover up, it may turn out worse than not having any evidence at all.

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Offthebeach toady Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:54 Permalink

Awesome covert group, White Helmets .

Able to operate amongst Assad's troops and internal security services( I guess they aren't what they used to be), and stick it to the Russians.

Frankly that type of skill, theater, daring isn't the hallmark of the CIA.

Who could these masterminds be?


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carlnpa Offthebeach Sat, 04/14/2018 - 15:02 Permalink

It appears there are only two in congress questioning the Syria chemical attack.

Tulsi Gabbard and Rand Paul.

Gabbard is under intense pressure from the DNC for questioning the attack. Dean is demanding that she be removed from office.

We live as the Germans did now in Nazi Germany, fed a pack of lies and unable to discern the truth.

History will look back on the people of the USA and say "How could you have not seen the evil before your face".

I understand the Germans now, we have become them, we can't even see the evil.

We crucify those who speak the truth.

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carlnpa Volkodav Sat, 04/14/2018 - 17:34 Permalink

I have older cousins that remained in Germany through both wars, I asked the question of them directly when they were in the US visiting - "Couldn't you see the evil?"  They answered "they could not see", may be they didn't want to see.?

My great grandmother sent her boys "machinists" to the USA prior to WWI, she saw the war and the draft coming.

I have read a bit of Dietrich Bonhoeffer writings, I think you would rewrite history, and are incorrect.

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Crazy Or Not Offthebeach Sat, 04/14/2018 - 15:53 Permalink

>White helmets...Who could these masterminds be?
I'd go for Sayeret Matkal:

Various arabic enemy territory assinations, kidnappings and infiltrations.

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Crazy Or Not stinkhammer Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:23 Permalink

CIA have been on a destabilise Syria campaign since 2006. (Their efforts against Syria can even be traced back to 1949!)



"We believe Bashar’s weaknesses are in how he chooses to react to looming issues, both perceived and real, such as the conflict between economic reform steps (however limited) and entrenched, corrupt forces, the Kurdish question, and the potential threat to the regime from the increasing presence of transiting Islamist extremists. This cable summarizes our assessment of these vulnerabilities and suggests that there may be actions, statements, and signals that the USG can send that will improve the likelihood of such opportunities arising.”

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spyware-free BaBaBouy Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:29 Permalink

Except unlike last year where the OPCW didn't have access to the alleged attack site and had to rely on witness testimony where it couldn't be proven the witnesses actually lived at that site and samples collected by "white helmets" this time the Russians and Syrians control the site and the OPCW can collect their own samples and talk to actual residents of Douma. Also, Russian chemical weapons experts will be on-hand to verify the integrity of the investigation in case some western lackey tries to skew the evidence. You can bet the Russians will be filming and documenting the OPCW's every step.

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Lumberjack Shemp 4 Victory Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:38 Permalink

For Preppers...



The crime scene is now contaminated with noxious substances like explosives/fuel residues from the air strike itself and anything it may have hit. A water or waste water treatment facility would have chlorine on site, ammonia and other refrigerant chemicals would be stored/used at food processing locations.


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Lumberjack Lumberjack Sat, 04/14/2018 - 15:12 Permalink

Gulf states showcase military muscle ahead of Arab Summit


JUBAIL, Saudi Arabia, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Troops from 25 countries performed a live-ammunition drill in eastern Saudi Arabia on Saturday, one day before the 29th Arab League Summit.


The drill was attended by Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, as well as other countries including Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, India, the United States and Britain.

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Ignatius BaBaBouy Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:54 Permalink

How dare you question the character of the White Helmets.

They won an Oscar, you know.  Doesn't that mean anything?

True, they work directly with ISIS, but once you've 'gone Hollywood,' you're gonna shake a lot of hands.

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Winston Churchill Crazy Or Not Sat, 04/14/2018 - 15:02 Permalink

Declassified CIA report on destabilizing Assad's father,link posted in article NEO(near eastern outlook) right now.

Its all part of the very long term plan to get water for Israel.

No proposed gas pipeline back then, so cui bono ?  and why ?

The Israeli's are over a decade late in occupying S.Lebanon, why do they keep trying it again and again ?

They have no choice, extinction is not an option.The river Jordan is tapped out.

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Crazy Or Not Winston Churchill Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:10 Permalink

Certainly at the close of WWI Major Frank Holmes from the British Army was convinced he would discover oil in Bahrain. and even at that stage there was collusion or at least some sort of partnership with oil corps. Anglo-Persian Oil company went as far as to promise to “drink every drop of oil produced south of Basra”

So the carve up was well under way in 1929.


Given Israel's dependency on water from Turkey via Syria & Lebanon, "water wars" can also be considered as a factor. 

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D.T.Barnum Crazy Or Not Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:27 Permalink

General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned - Seven Countries In Five Years - YouTube - March 2007

And he said, "I just got this down from upstairs" -- meaning the Secretary of Defense's office -- "today." And he said, "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran." I said, "Is it classified?" He said, "Yes, sir." I said, "Well, don't show it to me." And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, "You remember that?" He said, "Sir, I didn't show you that memo! I didn't show it to you!"

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BorraChoom Crazy Or Not Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:46 Permalink

The First Ever CIA Coup

A lot can change in seventy years, but it says a lot about Syria’s Shukri al-Quwatli: Democratically elected president overthrown with CIA help in March, 1949

strategic significance that the CIA has been attempting to stage coups there since the 1940s. In a 1969 interview CIA officer Miles Copeland confirmed statements he’d made in his memoirs that the Central Intelligence Agency had attempted to overthrow the Syrian government 20 years earlier. In 1956 there was the “anti-communist” intervention called Operation Straggle followed byOperation Wappen, and in 1957 there was a CIA/MI6 assassination plot.

So we know for an absolute fact that the defense and intelligence agencies of the US-centralized empire have been salivating over regime change in Syria literally for generations. And we’re meant to believe that this same government that has been targeted for hostile takeover by the western empire generation after generation due to its strategic importance and refusal to kowtow to imperialist interests just so happens to be the greatest threat to humanity right now? That Bashar al-Assad, who was never spoken of as a vicious dictator prior to 2009 and was even nominated for honorary knighthood by Tony Blair in 2002, just spontaneously developed a sick“addiction” to gassing children in the last few years?


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Crazy Or Not BorraChoom Sat, 04/14/2018 - 15:40 Permalink

Yep, thanks for the expansion, but you are linking back to the article I linked to.

It says
"The First Ever CIA Coup

A lot can change in seventy years, but it says a lot about Syria’s Shukri al-Quwatli: Democratically elected president overthrown with CIA help in March, 1949

strategic significance that the CIA has been attempting to stage coups there since the 1940s. In a 1969 interview CIA officer Miles Copeland confirmed statements he’d made in his memoirs that the Central Intelligence Agency had attempted to overthrow the Syrian government 20 years earlier. In 1956 there was the “anti-communist” intervention called Operation Straggle followed byOperation Wappen, and in 1957 there was a CIA/MI6 assassination plot." ...etc

The wikileaks State Dept Doc. is the real gem. It outlines how they were going to go about this coup ...and it  pretty much fits.

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Ace006 quadraspleen Sun, 04/29/2018 - 00:35 Permalink

If a chemical is discovered, publicly described , and then manufactured a month later in Iceland , a sample that appears in Tahiti five days later was without a doubt manufactured in Iceland. A sample appearing 20 years later can come from anywhere. The formula for A-234 has been published, and it was designed to be easily manufactured, so the origin of it cannot be ascertained.  Same with BZ . It would be like saying a hamburger could only have come from Texas .

I believe the OPCW did report the presence of A-234 in the sample but omitted to mention the presence of BZ in its unclassified summary . I understand Russia got hold of the classified report which does mention BZ. Odd for the OPCW to omit public mention of that. 

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youshallnotkill Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:20 Permalink

As we reported on Thursday, Russia has uncovered evidence

If ZH had any journalistic integrity it wouldn't have reported, but made clear that Russia alleges those things.

But the Tylers hands are clearly greased to be a Kremlin propaganda tool these days.