aside US Accuses Russia Of Attempts To Cover Up 4/4/17 Syrian Sarin Gas Attack

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Rex Tillerson

The White House has allowed for the release of declassified 4 page report explaining why U.S. officials are convinced that Syria did indeed disseminate Sarin gas among its peoples in a rebel controlled region around 4/4/17 and that Russia attempted to cover up for Syria’s deed on the same afternoon.

Here is the rest of the story…

On 4/11/17, Julie Hirschfield Davis of the New York Times reported these details in the following article, “White House Accuses Russia of Cover-Up in Syria Chemical Attack.”

Excerpts:

“The White House accused the Russian government on Tuesday (4/11/17) of engaging in a cover-up of the chemical weapons attack last week by Syrian forces that prompted American missile strikes, saying that United States intelligence and numerous contemporaneous reports confirmed that the Syrians used sarin gas on their own people.”

“In a declassified four-page report that details United States intelligence on the chemical weapons attack and contains a point-by-point rebuttal of Moscow’s claims, the White House asserted that the Syrian and Russian governments had sought to confuse the world community about the assault through disinformation and “false narratives.” (There is no signature on report and the person who shared this is not named.)

Image result for photos of rex tillerson in russia 2017“The strongly worded document calls for international condemnation of Syria’s use of chemical weapons and harshly criticizes Russia for “shielding” an ally that has used weapons of mass destruction.”

“It marks a striking shift by President Trump, who entered office praising President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and seeking common ground with him — and now appears to be moving swiftly to isolate him. The charges came as Rex W. Tillerson, the secretary of state, was preparing for meetings in Moscow on Wednesday (4/12/17), and as Congress and the F.B.I. are investigating potential ties between Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.”

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SyriaEK“Senior White House officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the government’s view, said Russia’s goal was to cover up the Syrian government’s culpability for the chemical attack. They asserted that the Syrian government, under pressure from opposition forces in the strategically vital Hama Province and lacking sufficient troops to respond, used the lethal nerve agent sarin to retaliate against rebels who were threatening government-held territory.”

But one official said that, given the history of close cooperation between the Syrian and Russian militaries, and that Russian forces were stationed at Al Shayrat airfield, which was used to launch the chemical attack, Moscow must answer.”

“Moscow’s response to the 4/4/17 attack follows a familiar pattern of its responses to other egregious actions,” the report said. “It spins out multiple, conflicting accounts in order to create confusion and sow doubt within the international community.”

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stand together during the G-20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Bonn, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) (Michael Probst / AP)

“Much of the report was devoted to rebutting Russia’s claim that the chemical attack was actually the result of a Syrian airstrike against a terrorist ammunition depot in Khan Sheikhoun that contained chemical weapons. The report also cited a video and commercial satellite imagery that showed that the chemical weapon had landed in the middle of a road, not at a weapons facility.”

“White House officials said United States intelligence agencies do not believe that the Islamic State or other terrorist groups have sarin gas.”

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