aside Did Russia Have Prior Knowledge About The 4/4/17 Syrian Gas Attack?

Image result for map of syria in middle eastThe Associated Press (AP) is breaking news by stating that it has confirmation that Russia had prior knowledge of the Syrian military’s plans to use sarin gas on its own peoples around 4/4/17. (But other U.S. officials are cautioning that a final determination has not yet been made.)

Here is the rest of the story…

On 4/10/17, Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor of the AP published the following report, “Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming:”

“The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday (4/10/17).

Mazin Yusif, 13, tells a harrowing story of being caught up in the apparent chemical attack.“The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.”

“The senior official said the U.S. has no proof of Russian involvement in the actual chemical attack in northern Syria.”

“But the official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.”

Aisha al-Tilawi, 55, says she lost three members of her family in Tuesday's attack.“The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters and demanded anonymity, didn’t give precise timing for when the drone was in the area, where more than 80 people were killed. The official also didn’t provide details for the military and intelligence information that form the basis of what the Pentagon now believes.”

“Another U.S. official cautioned that no final American determination has been made that Russia knew ahead of time that chemical weapons would be used. That official wasn’t authorized to speak about internal administration deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.”

“The allegation of Russian foreknowledge is grave, even by the standards of the currently dismal U.S.-Russian relations.”


“Although Russia has steadfastly supported Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, and they’ve coordinated military attacks together, Washington has never previously accused Moscow of complicity in any attack that involved the gassing of innocent civilians, including children. The former Cold War foes even worked together in 2013 to remove and destroy more than 1,300 tons of Syrian chemical weapons and agents.”

“Until Monday, U.S. officials had said they weren’t sure whether Russia or Syria operated the drone. The official said the U.S. is now convinced Russia controlled the drone. The official said it still isn’t clear who was flying the jet that bombed the hospital, because the Syrians also fly Russian-made aircraft.”

“U.S. officials previously have said Russians routinely work with Syrians at the Shayrat air base where the attack is supposed to have originated. U.S. officials say the chemical weapons were stored there and that those elements add to the conclusion that Russia was complicit in the attack.”

“Last Thursday 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired on the government-controlled base in the United States’ first direct military action against Assad’s forces.”

“The U.S. has been focusing its military action in Syria on defeating the Islamic State group.”

“On Monday, Col. John J. Thomas, a U.S. military spokesman, said the U.S. has taken extra defensive precautions in Syria in case of possible retaliation against American forces for the cruise missile attack.”

“Thomas told reporters at the Pentagon that the increased emphasis on defensive measures to protect U.S. troops on the ground in Syria led to a slight and temporary decline in offensive U.S. airstrikes against IS in Syria.”

“There has been no Syrian retaliation so far for the cruise missile attack, which destroyed or rendered inoperable more than 20 Syria air force planes, he said.”

“Thomas said the U.S. intends to return to full offensive air operations against IS as soon as possible.”


  1. As more and more facts and alt facts are exposed involving this military/political action undertaken by a man under extreme pressure to legitimize not only his acquisition of the office he holds but his own standing in the world, the more problems I foresee for this nation. This step in image washing seems not to be working as planned, so soon they will have to change course and take a more drastic and dramatic approach to save his presidency. Could it be too early to start thinking about what major cities in our nation that a traumatic incident would have the least impact upon the tRump brand? Is this line of thinking too far out there, or is it reasonable to consider that desperate people commit desperate acts to protect their empires?

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    • Sear Crustyolemothman,

      What you say has merit. He is looking for legitimacy which is mission impossible for him. If his recent actions were designed to improve his standing did not work, life for the rest of us will become more and more unpleasant especially as DDT’s has a tendency to act on an emotional gut basis including anger.

      Unfortunately, your thinking is not that far-fetched as there is a psychopath in the WH surrounded by sycophants (republicans) who keep telling the naked fat emperor that he looks great. And his adoring fans will do just about anything to keep up this illusion.

      Ciao, Gronda


  2. Dear Crustyolemothman,

    Desperate peoples do desperate things and so anything is possible. But there are limits. The US national security interests are now in better hands. Gen. H.R. McMaster has been able to push the ideologues out of the NSC like the Flynnstone Ms. K.T.McFarland and of course Steve Bannon is no longer a principal.

    DDT cannot easily act outside of the advice given by the NSC members.

    DDT is already putting a wreaking ball to the US government infrastructure without any studies or understanding of what he is doing and what the very likely unintended consequences will be.

    But for any big domestic fire works, you can relax. You saw what happened when the White House totally bungled the US House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes intrigue designed to deflect from DDT’s negative news. The White House was not even capable of orchestrating a small event.

    Ciao, Gronda


    • Mz. Gronda, While normally I would agree with you on the inability of the King to orchestrate any nefarious activity due to the constraints that are now in place to observe his every move. However you are failing to take into consideration the legions of adoring fans that are at his beck and call. Many of his most adoring fans are also members of radical groups that would love to see the demise of this nation for reasons that baffle most of us. I would respectfully suggest that the mission to create a diversion does not and will not come from a direct visible link to the king, but never the less will provide him with new hope to save his ego and his position. Will it happen, maybe, will it work, again maybe..

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  3. It should surprise no-one to find Russia was complicit in the gas attack. Their record on Human Rights is hardly laudable. As for Crustyolemothman’s idea that Trump may organise a little home trauma wouldn’t be beyond belief as he has plenty of white supremacist and neo Nazi friends who’d be only to happy to oblige.No doubt it could be blamed on the Mexicans so he’d have no problem getting the money for his wall.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  4. Dear David Prosser,

    It is unpleasant sometimes to deal with reality when the reality can be so ugly.

    Personally, I am convinced that President Putin was well aware of what Syria intended to do. There is no way that he could not have known about this.

    And I have no doubt that DDT will deploy just about any tactic to turn around his disastrous poll numbers. I am just praying that there are limits to his ability to deliver a domestic nightmare even if he would want to do this.

    Time will tell…

    Ciao, Gronda


    • Could there be any doubt that Putin was aware of what was going on in Syria? Perhaps the real question to ask is how much did the King (or members of his administration) knew about the attack prior to the event? We saw the administration launch an attack on a sort of military target, against defunct aircraft, causing minimal damage, which IMO was pre-approved by Putin. This attack on Syria was not a show of support or sympathy for the Syrian people, it could only be construed as an attempt to boost the Kings sagging support in this nation. Could the real question be how much was known by the king about the gas attack prior to it happening, could the half hearted protests by the Putin government be any indication that this whole affair was staged? Even an Opossum can be a very dangerous animal when cornered, and the King is rapidly being forced into a corner with little chance of escape.

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