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The Latest False Flag?

Introduction — April 8, 2018

The latest reports from Syria claim that that as many as 70 civilians have been killed in an alleged poison gas attack in eastern Douma. If confirmed, the U.S. State Dept. says the incident will demand an international response.
However, there is good reason to suspect that the claimed poison gas attack is yet another false flag.
Pointedly, the following Guardian report omits to mention that the source of this report is the Syrian White Helmets. Instead of explicitly identifying the White Helmets the Guardian refers to them disingenuously as “rescue workers”.
However, we know that these “rescue workers” are in fact the White Helmets because a BBC report on the alleged attack specifically names them. The fact that the following report doesn’t identify them as its source suggests that the Gaurdian knows that it will call into question the report’s authenticity.
The Western-backed Syrian White Helmets often stage fake “rescues” and blame the Syrian government and their Russian backers for the alleged civilian casualties, which are exploited for their propaganda value by the West.
The Syrian government has rejected the latest claims by the White Helmets as “fabrications.”
Meanwhile, Russia has warned that any military actions based on “invented and fabricated excuses” ensuing from the allegations will have serious consequences.
Even though the reports have yet to be independently confirmed the U.S. government has not dismissed them, which is hardly surprising given that the U.S. was instrumental in creating the White Helmets. What’s worrying however, is the way that the U.S. is lining Russia up for blame.
According to the U.S. State Dept:
“Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the brutal targeting of countless Syrians with chemical weapons.” Ed.

The Guardian caption reads: ‘Children await treatment in hospital after the alleged poison gas attack’. Click to enlarge

Dozens killed in suspected chemical attack in Syrian rebel enclave

Kareem Shaheen — The Guardian April 8, 2018

Dozens of people have been killed in what local medics say was a toxic gas attack on the besieged town of Douma near the Syrian capital Damascus.

Rescue workers said the attack led directly to the deaths of at least 42 people, with hundreds of injured showing symptoms they said were consistent with exposure to an organophosphorus compound.

The attack on Saturday evening was the latest in a string of alleged chemical attacks in the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta, which has in the past been attacked with chlorine as well as a sarin gas attack in 2013. It came as negotiations for the forced exile of tens of thousands of civilians and fighters from the area foundered in recent days.

“The attack was near bomb shelters and so it spread quickly in them,” said one paramedic who helped treat the latest group of victims. “The gas was concentrated and in a place where people thought they were safe.”

Videos and images from rescue workers showed bodies of dead children and families, some foaming at the mouth, inside homes. Rescue workers said many remained where they had died due to the shelling and the penetrating odour of the toxic gas, as well as the lack of protective gear.

They said victims showed symptoms that included suffocation, central cyanosis, foaming, corneal burns and emitted a chlorine-like odour.

The latest attack came after a brief ceasefire that lasted days and was meant to create the conditions for a deal that would displace civilians and rebel fighters. But local rebels have insisted to Russian interlocutors that they wanted to remain in their city, a prospect that has heightened risks of renewed violence.

Syrian state media denied claims that government forces had launched any chemical attack and said rebels in Douma were in a state of collapse and spreading false news.

The US state department said on Saturday that reports of mass casualties were “horrifying” and would demand an international response if confirmed.

Citing a history of chemical weapons use by the government of Bashar al-Assad, state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the regime and its backer Russia needed to be held accountable and “any further attacks prevented immediately”.

“Russia, with its unwavering support for the regime, ultimately bears responsibility for these brutal attacks,” Nauert said.

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