OPCW Chemical Inspection Team Reaches Douma After Issuing Statement Negating "Russia Cover-Up" Claim

After many days of delay inside the security arch of Damascus' city center, the international chemical weapons watchdog group, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), announced that its team of investigators finally entered the Damascus suburb town of Douma early on Saturday. 

In an official statement posted to its website, the OPCW confirmed the following: 

The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited one of the sites in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic today to collect samples for analysis in connection with allegations of chemical weapons use on 7 April 2018. The OPCW will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma.

The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission will initially study the collected samples at an OPCW lab in the Netherlands, with potential sample distribution to its other designated labs. In the past, it's take up to multiple weeks or months for the OPCW to issue a preliminary report to the public. 

Image source: Hurriyet Daily News

The statement continues

The samples collected will be transported to the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk and then dispatched for analysis to the OPCW’s designated labs. Based on the analysis of the sample results as well other information and materials collected by the team, the FFM will compile their report for submission to the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention for their consideration.

It is unclear if any of what was collected includes tissue samples from corpses as it's now being widely reported that the jihadist group which previously held the area - Jaish al-Islam - hastily buried the bodies of alleged chemical attack victims. 

Though the team was invited into the country by the Syrian and Russian governments - both signatories to the international body devoted to decommissioning global stockpiles of banned chemical weapons - there's been much spin and obfuscation regarding why the team was actually delayed, with a number of media outlets in the West falsely claiming that Syria and Russia were attempting a cover-up. 

This was based in part on the unverified claims of political leaders in the West who have long sought Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ouster, and who have given covert aid to various jihadist rebel groups. 

France's foreign minister, for example, accused both Damascus and Russia of "obstructionism [which] is obviously undermining the caliber of the investigation. It is most likely aimed at removing evidence and other material elements linked to the chemical attack on the very site where it took place."

However, in spite of multiple international headlines, Western leaders, and journalists who reside far outside of Syria claiming a chemical cover-up conspiracy in the making, the OPCW in official statements confirmed that they were prevented from visiting Douma not by Syrian or Russian authorities, but by United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), which has the final say over OPCW movements within Syria. 

On Wednesday (April 18) the Director General of the OPCW Ahmet Üzümcü, issued a statement which proved the "Syria/Russia hiding evidence" theory false

On 16 April, we received confirmation from the National Authority of the Syrian Arab Republic that, under agreements reached to allow the evacuation of the population in Ghouta, the Syrian military were unable to enter Douma. The security for the sites where the FFM plans to deploy was under the control of the Russian Military Police. The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) has made the necessary arrangements with the Syrian authorities to escort the team to a certain point and then for the escort to be taken over by the Russian Military Police. However, the UNDSS preferred to first conduct a reconnaissance visit to the sites, which took place yesterday. FFM team members did not participate in this visit.

On arrival at Site 1, a large crowd gathered and the advice provided by the UNDSS was that the reconnaissance team should withdraw. At Site 2, the team came under small arms fire and an explosive was detonated. The reconnaissance team returned to Damascus.

Though the OPCW statement further acknowledged the area to be a "highly volatile environment" fraught with "security risks" - a number of journalists actually made it into Douma early in the week prior to the OPCW team's arrival.

Some among this early group of journalists which gained entry to the site, such as the UK Independent's Robert Fisk and One America News Network's Pearson Sharp found no evidence that a chemical attack took place in Douma, contrary to what's been widely reported in international media. 

Comments

Slack Jack Giant Meteor Sun, 04/22/2018 - 09:11 Permalink

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Remember, the evil people, Theresa May, Stoltenberg, Trump and the rest, are damning Russia with obvious lies.

The Novichok nerve agents don't even exist.

HERE IS THE PROOF:

The Novichok nerve agents are supposedly much more toxic than the nerve gases VX or Sarin (and yet the Skripals are still alive!?).

Mirzayanov's book, published in 2008, contains the formulas he alleges can be used to create Novichoks. In 1995, he explained that "the chemical components or precursors" of Novichok are "ordinary organophosphates that can be made at commercial chemical companies that manufacture such products as fertilizers and pesticides."

https://www.amazon.com/State-Secrets-Insiders-Chronicle-Chemical/dp/143…

Basically, Mirzayanov claims that it is relatively easy to make the Novichok nerve agents.

So, some enterprising Arabs could buy a few chemists to make a few tons of it and then spray it all over the little Satan.

Do you really think that the Jews who run the United States would allow the publication of information that could lead to thousands of deaths in Israel?

Do you really think they would protect the publisher of such information by giving him residence in the United States?

Remember, Mirzayanov was given residence (and a University position) in the United States after he was kicked out of Russia.

There are also a number of "people who should know" that have stated that there is zero solid evidence for the existence of the Novichok nerve agents. For example: Robin Black in Development, Historical Use and Properties of Chemical Warfare Agents (2016):

"In recent years, there has been much speculation that a fourth generation of nerve agents, ‘Novichoks’ (newcomer), was developed in Russia, beginning in the 1970s as part of the ‘Foliant’ programme, with the aim of finding agents that would compromise defensive countermeasures. Information on these compounds has been sparse in the public domain, mostly originating from a dissident Russian military chemist, Vil Mirzayanov. No independent confirmation of the structures or the properties of such compounds has been published."

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/the-novichok-story-is-i…

And, Alexander Shulgin, Russia's representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2018):

"There has never been a ‘Novichok’ research project conducted in Russia,... But in the West, some countries carried out such research, which they called 'Novichok,' for some reason."

CONCLUSION: The Novichok nerve agents don't even exist.

It has been said that: The Skripals are still alive for 1 of 2 reasons:
1. The exposure was too low.
2. They were given an antidote shortly after being exposed.

A killer would probably find it difficult to administer a dose low enough not to kill.

One drop containing 10 milligrams of VX (or 1 milligram of Novichok) absorbed through the skin is fatal.

The antidote atropine (which is quite toxic) must be administered immediately unless the dose is exceedingly low. How did they know to administer it?

If the dose was exceedingly small then those who administered the Novichok did not mean to kill.

If those who administered the Novichok meant to kill, the Skripals would be dead.

OVERALL CONCLUSION: False flag.

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

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=1174

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

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D.T.Barnum Giant Meteor Sun, 04/22/2018 - 09:24 Permalink

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The left and right media-government-complex are always pro war in the middle east, because they are both controlled by zionist entities that want to protect the Federal Reserve Bank's (a zionist foreign agent) all powerful control mechanism: the petro-dollar. And of course, they want to protect Israel!  Not America first, but Israel first! #Sad!

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Slack Jack D.T.Barnum Sun, 04/22/2018 - 09:27 Permalink

The OPCW confirmed that they were prevented from visiting Douma not by Syrian or Russian authorities, but by United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), which has the final say over OPCW movements within Syria.... specifically so that Trump, May, Macron and the media can claim that Russian and/or Syria were attempting a cover-up.

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Vuke yomutti2 Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:10 Permalink

Yomutt, you have been on ZH for a year with little but anti-Russian slurs and slander to offer.  It is clear you have an agenda, driven by money, politics or religion, but your bias is so obvious it's doubtful you could convince a child.  Please, go away and bore people somewhere else.

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veritas semper… BlindMonkey Sun, 04/22/2018 - 13:07 Permalink

No matter how some trolls or the Donald cult followers try to spin this , the FACTS are the following :

-this attack was based on a false flag and fake news ( the type of fake news the Donald whines about ,only worse )

-this was an illegal action , against US Constitution and any international laws

-it did not achieve anything except show that US is a rogue nation and a ridiculous one ,committing clownish criminal acts

-with this attack ( like with the last year one , when 19 Syrians were killed , like with the war in Yemen where 63,000 children were killed last year , Afghanistan , Iraq) the Donald becomes a WAR CRIMINAL , proudly taking his place in the gallery of AMERICAN PRESIDENTS WAR CRIMINALS : both Clinton,both Bush,Obama

-US tried to prevent an OPCW investigation with this

-US tried to put the blame on Russia

-Nikki Haley , the Donald's gargoyle at the UN threaten with another attack :"If we don't come together soon and take a firm, unequivocal stance against this deadly trend, the next attack will come."

-Heather Nauert ,the Donald's bimbo at State Department said that : US funds and cooperates with the White Helmets , who are the PROVEN ISIS/Al Qaeda spokespersons and organizers of false flags in Syria

 This is not some kind of super clever foreign policy : one can not do it based on international crimes and lies

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TRM Rubicon Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:01 Permalink

Yea keep him here. He's good for a laugh. His always referring to his "brothers in the IDF" is a good one. The same invincible IDF that got 43 tanks destroyed in Lebanon by a rag tag militia with guts & smart tactics? LMAO. They haven't been back since. Hmmm, I wonder why?  

Hey troll have you heard Max Blumenthal's reports? Hezbollah are training Hamas now. Next time you go into Gaza expect a response similar to what you got in Lebanon in 2006.

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Yogizuna Justin Case Sun, 04/22/2018 - 14:01 Permalink

If only that were the case, I would totally agree with you! Fact of the matter is, what passes for "truth" here is very often only opinion, not truth. 

I despise the MSM just as much if not more than anyone, but it is HIGHLY obvious the trolls and propagandists have taken over this site and it is a mere shadow of it's former self.  

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backwaterdogs Vuke Sun, 04/22/2018 - 12:32 Permalink

fucknuts on ZH...."only zealots with a pro russia, anti american bias get to speak out....lest we gang rape them with trolls'

 

How do yo any of you stupid fucknuts know what happened?  it's been 20 days...you don't think it's in Russia's best interest to push the attack was fake narrative?

You think russia is there for altruistic and humanitarian concern?  you're all fucknuts if you believe.

they are there for the same reason us and israel are...money, gas, and control.

 

If the attack was real, them Im certain russia and syria have cleaning the hell out of it.  If it was fake, the west will continue to claim the area was cleansed of all evidence.

either way, you stupid fuck nuts haven't a clue what went on or going to goes.  Just because ZH or RT say it don't make it so.  same with msm.

WTF up and realize both sides are liars...you know nothing.

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backwaterdogs PrivetHedge Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:29 Permalink

My point is the private hedge.

People on spewing the same hate over and over, countless prediction of doom and end of time...utterly convinced they knew something the rest of world does not.

They know the jew are behind

they know gold would be worth 10k if not for manipulation

they without doubt the chemical attack was false flag

they know without a doubt that trump is manipulated by jews to bomb syria

they know with out a doubt that putin is good and altruistic and really cares about syrians

 

My point is this...to provide a counter view, to show other new visitors to this sight, they spew that comes across from the majority as fact...is just as much bullshit as the facts coming out of cnn

 

 

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Pliskin yomutti2 Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:50 Permalink

Ah, bless! Are you logging in as 'Yomutti2' today? One can never  be sure who you're gonna' turn up as from one day to the next!

Yomutti2, IH8Obama, Shadewell, Mnewn, and a plethora of others.

My, how entertaining to see you on here constantly falling flat on your 'sub-human' face!

Please don't ever leave us, every village needs an idiot!

 

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PrivetHedge yomutti2 Sun, 04/22/2018 - 12:34 Permalink

Yes they kept finding Israeli chemical weapons labs.

As for last weeks 'gas attack', the UK have told us they take months to clean up properly.

Your constant lies do nothing here as we know pharisees do that, but it is affecting your mind, it's not too late to turn away from Remphan and toward a religion of the light. Remember Babylon fell, even with your satanic Talmud.

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shortonoil yomutti2 Sun, 04/22/2018 - 15:03 Permalink

"Some among this early group of journalists which gained entry to the site, such as the UK Independent's Robert Fisk and One America News Network's Pearson Sharp found no evidence that a chemical attack took place in Douma, contrary to what's been widely reported in international media."

 

Fisk has a long time reputation of being quite factual. If OPCW comes back with a negative, we will definitely know that Trump, May, and Macaroon have their heads up their asses. The strike was illegal, and the MIC may be winning battles as it loses the war.

 

It is interesting how the Trolls here just throw out some garbage to change the subject, and everyone jumps in to help. NSA needs to get its budget cut. This population is apparently not that difficult to control.

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Slack Jack D.T.Barnum Sun, 04/22/2018 - 09:27 Permalink

The OPCW confirmed that they were prevented from visiting Douma not by Syrian or Russian authorities, but by United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), which has the final say over OPCW movements within Syria.... specifically so that Trump, May, Macron and the media can claim that Russian and/or Syria were attempting a cover-up.

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D.T.Barnum tmosley Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:03 Permalink

Surrender what?  What are you talking about?  Are we in a war that congress approved?  Is someone invading us?

I notice the other old timers usually don't bother engaging with you, unless it's to shove you down and laugh at you for old time's sake funsies.  There's an obvious reason for this.  You are not a fight clubber.  You are but a troll.

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