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US claims of Assad’s chemical weapons are lies – Pushkov

Published time: June 14, 2013 08:30
Syrian rebel fighters belonging to the "Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan" battalion leave their position after a range of shootings on June 13, 2013. (AFP Photo / Daniel Leal-Olivas)

Syrian rebel fighters belonging to the "Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan" battalion leave their position after a range of shootings on June 13, 2013. (AFP Photo / Daniel Leal-Olivas)

A senior Russian MP holds that the recent White House statement of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government is as false as the notorious reports about Iraqi WMDs.

The data about Assad’s use of chemical weapons is fabricated by the same facility that made up the lies about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. Obama is walking George W. Bush’s path,” the head of the Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee Aleksey Pushkov tweeted.

The Russian MP was referring to the 2003 invasion in Iraq prompted by the US and UK claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction that threatened neighboring nations. The UN probe into the matter was underway as the invasion started and no traces of WMD have been discovered on Iraqi territory since the war ended, prompting accusations that the US administration and special services fabricated the data to get an excuse to start the conflict.

In comments to Russian news agencies Pushkov noted that the supplies of arms from the US to the Syrian rebels would hardly lead to the overthrow of President Bashar Assad’s regime. He added that the government in Syria is supported by “a significant, if not the larger, part of the population” and the Syrian military “show a high degree of resistance.”

Pushkov also forecast that the United States would now attempt to further escalate the situation.

Now they are arming the rebels but then they will come to some form of direct military involvement. We cannot exclude the possibility of cruise missile strikes and if this measure brings no result – of direct military intervention,” he said.

The statement was made shortly after US authorities publicly announced that they had proof that pro-government forces used chemical weapons, like the nerve agent sarin in the Syrian conflict, killing at least 150 people. At the same time, the US side claimed that there was no proof about similar actions from the rebels’ side.

US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes has told the press that President Barack Obama has decided to boost the US support to the Syrian opposition forces and that this would now include military support. The detailed orders will be issued within the nearest weeks after Obama consults with the Congress, the official added.

Earlier last week UK and France said that their probes into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria showed that the pro-government forces did it at least once causing casualties among rebels and called the international community for immediate action. Many officials, including top Russian politicians, noted that the impartiality of British and French researchers is under question and urged an independent probe.

The UN is currently preparing its own independent investigation, but it might take a long time. Syrian government has said it was ready to accept the UN delegation and help with the investigation.

In late March one of the conflicting parties in Syria allegedly used a sarin-charged missile near the city of Aleppo. The government and rebels now accuse each other of the attack that killed at least 25 people.

While the UK, France and now the United states accuse pro-Assad forces, Turkish media said in early June that the country’s security forces had found sarin gas in the homes of members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front – one of the main groups opposing the Syrian government.

Russian officials have repeatedly condemned the use of chemical weapons and urged an all-sided and unbiased research into all incidents connected with the issue.

Comments (82)


fran7 29.08.2013 23:02

USA government are guilty (AGAIN) of aggressive warmongering propaganda against Syria. USA are the cause of all the suffering in Syria by backing the anarchist terrorist who are committing atrocities such as cannibalism which they have boasted about and filmed. Israel as attacked Syria many times by illegally invading their air space which shows nothing but contempt for international law. Israel has a nuclear arsenal which is funded by USA government but nothing is said about this?. Bush and Blair mislead people to justify war in Iraq which we now know was all lies ( weapons of mass destruction) now Obama is the same


Robert Gibson 29.08.2013 02:43

Not every American believes the lies that are being spread in the U.S.A. media. There are some of us who can see what is really happening. In the United States of America we have a coup of our own; we have, in our Federal Government, a group who are dismantling the Constitution of the United States of America slowly, tiny piece by tiny piece.
These are the same people who invaded Iraq under false pretenses; not for human rights violations, but the continued reign of the Petro-Dollar.


99 Percent 2012 28.08.2013 18:17

War with Syria opens air space wetween Israel and Iran. That's a prerequisite to attack Iran. This is not about syria. Look at the big picture.

On ly Israel can gain from an attack on Syria.

Ther e is no threat to the US or any other nation. There is nothing to defend, only to conquer.

Te ll your congress man not to support this war.

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