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Russia Warns: Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Is Preparing To Stage Chemical Attack In Syria’s Idlib

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Russia Warns: Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Is Preparing To Stage Chemical Attack In Syria’s Idlib

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Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, warned on March 15 that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is preparing to stage a chemical weapons provocation in Syria’s Idlib.

“There are alarming reports, which say that members of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terror group, together with the White Helmets, are getting ready to stage chemical agent attacks, planning to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons,” Zakharova at a press briefing, according to the Russian news agency, TASS.

Between 2012 and 2017, HTS operated as the main branch of al-Qaeda in Syria under the name the al-Nusra Front. Despite changing its name in late 2017, the groups structure, including its leadership, remained the same.

Zakharova said that HTS is now establishing weapons caches in Aleppo, Idlib, Lattakia and Hama. The terrorist group had imposed its control of most of the opposition-held parts of these governorates earlier this year.

Two days ago, Russian warplanes destroyed several ammo depots of HTS inside the city of Idlib and in its outskirt. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the aerial operation prevented the terrorist group from launching a drone attack on the Syrian coast.

The new Russian warning was not a surprise as HTS is known for possessing several toxic materials, including chlorine gas. According to several reports, the terrorist group could stage a chemical attack with these material in order to provoke Western military strike on government forces.

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  • Saddam Hussein

    Wont put it past these terrorists, they know the end game is coming soon.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Attack the chemical sites defuse chemical attack

  • Uwe

    Long range strikes are not effective anymore. West lost and the decision was made. Withdraw! You can stage what ever you want you will not get any help.

  • Sinbad2

    Killem all, and post their heads to Trump.

  • Olypious

    That would be a weird timing for a chemical attack / false flag as there’s no sustained military operation in Idlib at the moment.

    It could mean nothing, but just in case:
    I saw the French have recently deployed some military ships near the coast of Syria. The aircraft carriier “Charles-de-gaulle”, an attack submarine among other things … to strenghen the US “Operation inherent Resolve”.
    And the HMS Duncan, a british destroyer, currently near Gilbratar, is on his his way to join them too.
    Another NATO drill?

    • Brother Ma

      Maybe the French have decided to be the patsies like they were last time when the Israelis shot down the Russian plane? Bloody Frogs. No balls and are a second- rate nation now. Both the UK and France got shafted ,sitting back and watching Germany and Turkey being America’s darlings for so long. Stupid is as stupid does and now UK/France plays patsy for Israel. Lol