US Reporter Visits Douma, Finds No Evidence Of Chemical Attack (Video)

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US Reporter Visits Douma, Finds No Evidence Of Chemical Attack (Video)

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Pearson Sharp, a reporter of One America News Network has visited the Syrian town of Douma and found that all the locals say that the so-called April 7 Douma chemical attack had been staged by militants.

Such things happen when sombody has real sources on the ground or visits the site of the events.

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  • AlexanderAmproz

    The World is on the MSM permanent information Gas Attack,
    it’s stink shamefully all over !

    Can’t lies all the times to every body for everything !

    • Nigel Maund

      Macron came from nowhere in the French Presidential Election to win backed by the entire French Zionist controlled MSM. ……………and, guess what? Marcon used to be an employee of Rotchchild’s et Cie, Paris. Well, well well……….what a surprise. Marcon is a Rothschild plant and puppet and does what the French arm of the Rothschild’s clan tell him to do; end of story!

      • AlexanderAmproz

        I am not French, but observe them since General Charles de Gaulle
        was President… more than 50 years ago.
        Micron is heading for problems, French are turbulents.
        He eat his white bread, the Chienlit is on the way.

        Without the MSM Jews abuses,
        it’s Jean-Luc Melanchon who will have won the Elections
        and was fitting the best to the French temper,
        but he was for more proximity Democracy, going out of the NATO
        (alike de Gaulle did) and to have “Normal” relationship with Russia,
        impose some welcome changes for EC, the US didn’t like !

        • Nigel Maund

          This is true. However, it’s not the US that calls the shots in the EU, it’s the Rothschild’s clan who have controlled Europe since 1770. Much of the British Empire and French Empires was established under their direction and aegis.

          https://quoteslifewiki.com/baron-rothschild-quotes/baron-rothschild-quotes-baron-rothschild-quotes-rothschild-quotes-quotesgram-quotes/

          See the above famous quotation by Rothschild’s head of family Mayer Anschel Rothschild. It says it all.

        • Nigel Maund
        • Alberto Campos

          No way Melanchon could win last year.
          OTOH, in the primaries of the Right it was Fillon who won (watch this: with 66,5%!!!), but him also was anti-sanctions and anti-open borders. So… you see?

          • AlexanderAmproz

            Maybe we have a different approach and appreciation
            due to the fact I had the luck to have met him
            while he was waiting for a taxi.
            He was also the best cultivated, tribun, and had the best
            commonsense among all the contenders…

    • sam_koll

  • MADE MAKER

    US Reporter FINDS NO EVIDENCE of Chemical ATTACK NO one is SURPRISED about that

    • Nigel Maund

      No indeed – False Flag attacks are standard fare for the US, UK and other NATO countries who, day by day, more closely resemble Nazi Germany to the point that the two are indistinguishable! Why don’t they go the whole hog and wear black uniforms, nordic runes and swastika armbands and at least be honest about their real nature and agenda?

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Almost all France and Switzerland medias belongs to Jews
        and Journalists are Jews too !
        The French Parliament and Government is Control by Jews !

        Permanent Manipulations for Muslim bashings
        are suffocating and deafening, in the Philippines too !

        • Nigel Maund

          Good commentary! Thanks! Agree 1000% with you. The Zionist Jews are behind most of the world’s chicanery and work only for their interests. People are at last waking up to their pervasive meddling and influence and the backlash will come and be unpredictable in its nature and scope.

        • Rob

          Syrian and their allies should not confess to US and UK that they don’t have chemical weapons. This is weakness. Tell them yes we have chemecal, biological and nuclear weapons and ICBM to deter them. Then US, UK and France will never attack Syria. Be smart. US and UK have forced Saddam and Qazzafi both to confess that they have no WMDs and when they have confessed that they have no WMDs, so then the US and UK have decided that this is good time to attack.

          • Ashley Pourciau

            Rob, you must know someone smarter than you. Please have them make comments for you. They may be able to tell you true facts and make reasonable comments.

          • northerntruthseeker .

            The only deterrence that seems to halt the cabal’s aggression appears to be a nuclear threat, like North Korea…

        • Rob

          US, UK and France have destroyed the strategic balance and stability in the Eastern Europe and in the Middle East. If a country has no S300, nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and short, medium and ICBM missiles then that country is a favorite country for US, UK and France to enjoy their stay there.

          Putin should have to provide to Syria at least enough S300 and Pantsir-S1, smart bombs and guided missiles to preserve the strategic balance. Putin could produce their weapons in Syria to reduce the logestic cost. In Syria the labour cost is low and raw materials are available. Strong Syria is good for the Russian security.

          • AlexanderAmproz

            If France would have been a Democratic Country,
            they wouldn’t have supported NATO and any warmongers in the Middle-East !

            France, Italy and Germany are in a Revolution need against NATO ! (lol)

            Jew Lawmakers and Journalists have to be “Neutralized”

            pronto subito !

          • Alberto Campos

            I have read this text ipsis verbis at least FOUR times!!! It shows well who you are. For that reason (together with the fact that you’re not very smart in your anti-Putin task) I have to block you and your team.

          • Ashley Pourciau

            I wouldn’t put much faith in Putin or Russia. They didn’t seem to fare very well in this last attack. If that protection is the best they can do, Syria and Russia could be in trouble should things really get serious.

          • Nigel Maund

            Rob, totally agree with your commentary!

        • Ashley Pourciau

          When you start blaming the Jews I tend to lose confidence in what you have to say. How about some real fact instead of conjecture?

          • AlexanderAmproz

            The Ringworm Children: Zionist genocidal experiments on Jews
            https://www.sott.NET/article/201207-The-Ringworm-Children-Zionist-genocidal-experiments-on-Jews

            Israel admits giving contraceptive injections to Ethiopian immigrant women

            Israel/Palestine Philip Weiss on January 27, 2013 76 Comments

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            http://mondoweiss.NET/2013/01/contraceptive-injections-ethiopian/

            Einstein refused to be Israel President
            Group Stern terrorism assassinating Folke Bernadotte and James Forrestal
            Israel is a Fascist Nationalist Racist state.
            Noam Chomsky is brilliant, Felix Mendelssohn and al too
            If not jew in the US, no Hollywood, trade, banking, media, show-business,
            in France or other state alike Switzerland.
            Muslim bashing is tiring, Jew fundamentalism too, Gaza is an open air Auschwitz, etc

            Zionist nationalist myth of enforced exile

            Israel deliberately forgets its history
            https://mondediplo.COM/2008/09/07israel

            Many “Normal” Jews are good friends !

          • Omega

            Very good links. You can post URLs directly on South Front.

          • AlexanderAmproz

            I hate any discrimination form…
            Before Israel Creation, World wide intellectuals warned
            it will destabilize Middle-East and the World !
            Be proud, you got it !
            Israel is an Holocaust Factory !

            Ashkenazi have nothing to do in Jerusalem,
            they are Caucasian invaders alike the Crusaders were !

            Any form of Colonialism is Disgusting and disastrous !

          • Omega

            You could start here:

            “Israel deliberately forgets its history”

            https://mondediplo.com/2008/09/07israel

          • AlexanderAmproz

            Casino Table Games Dealer ? ? ?

            I didn’t agree with Lottery and Casino

            done to abuse Dumb Donkeys

            I am familiar with Monaco, Divonne, Evian, Macao etc.
            their Casinos are pitifully boring…

          • AlexanderAmproz

            Arabs are sons of Sem the Noah Son, then Semites too.

            For the Atheist I am, anti-Semite has none meaning…

            10’000 years ago the Sea’s level was 120 meters lower,
            Gibraltar and Boshor were Hills, the Black Sea and Mediterranean
            were inside sea’s.
            Climate change, rains and Noah came with his Legendary Boat
            full of Animals to inhabit Dumb Donkeys

            North Sea, the Channel, and China Sea didn’t existed too !

            We are all African’s from Neandertal/Homo Sapiens origins !

      • Rob

        I love Adolf Hitler he was a great leader. Now I fully understood that how US, UK and France tells lies about other nations to justify to attack them. Adolf Hitler was against Zionists. He said this in his speeches that if we leave Zionists then they will massacre millions of innocents in the world. We must protect the world population from Zionists.

        • Sakaramanga

          Jews killed more Palastinians after formation of Israel than the number of jews got killed during WWII.
          US killed more Iraqis or Japs (Hiroshima-Nagazaki) than those got killed in Nazi camps.
          Those who were killed in Nazi camps were killed because Germany was losing the war, (the war raged upon them by the jews controlling US/UK etc.) and could not feed them properly.

          The world today is built on a lie. Poor Kennedy, Poor Iraqis, poor Afghans, poor Libyans and poor Americans! Wars never ending in this Jew-ruled World.

          The UNITED STATES has openly been warring on nearly all nations at one time or another that have NEVER done anything to threaten America in any way. Why? Because of the enemy which Hitler had pointed out. We are living the future he predicted, if jews not taken down.

          • Rob

            Thanks I know this. A bunch of Zionist morons have occupied Palestinian land and have oppressed the indegenous nation of Palestine. Who is doing this oppression on Palestinians the morons in US, UK and in France regimes. Same for Yemen who has been blockade and now the children of Yemen are dying due to starvation.

          • Sakaramanga

            exactly. Poor yemenis. I gave below link somewhere else too; Saudis using CW in Yemen but Jew dogs US/UK/FR dong give a sh*t.

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/09/19/saudi-arabia-appears-to-be-using-u-s-supplied-white-phosphorus-in-its-war-in-yemen/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.cc3eb6be59b7

          • Rob

            Trump, May and Macron poisning the Palestinian drinking water. This has not mentioned anywhere on MSM or in UNSC.

          • Sakaramanga

            like they poisoned wells in Europe 14th century..plaque…I had heard they called jews to poison Palestinian drinking water but didnt know it had actually happened. Not surprised. Another crime against humanity. satan’s servants. shame .

        • Nigel Maund

          Totally agree with your commentary re Zionists; they’re appalling!

    • Starlight

      You CANNOT prove a negative- something MI6 relies on perfectly. Of course, how many knuckle draggers here know proving a negative is IMPOSSIBLE? Very few I’d sadly guess.

      Anyway only MI6 knows exactly where it spun out its false flag, with the assistance of white helmtes and SAMS on the night. MI6’s witnesses will be hiding in the civilian population in Douma, waiting to pop out and ‘squeal’ the moment the OPCW people turn up.

      Thickies here never get it. Given the trivial ability of MI6’s SAS person on the ground to poison a bunch of people with a nerve agent, why would MI6 instead choose to leave evidence to whatever white helmet clowns could slap together on the night?

      MI6 leaves nothing to chance- they ensure THEIR people have a damned sight more brain cells than the average person who seems to keep commenting here. MI6’s real danger is over-playing their hand. Making too perfect a play. Few here will understand why, but a perfect false flag can actually be self-defeating.

      Anyway it’s all academic. This ‘gas attack’ story is done, and Russia lost the propaganda war decisively. The West is about to move to the next- there’s a TON of living wahhabi rebels Putin so generously gave safe passage to various locations in Syria. Each of these concentrations of rebels cries out for a good ‘GASSING’ in the propaganda of the West- with better ’cause’ than ever applied to Douma.

      So the Deep State merely has to have the recently relocated rebels carry out some atrocity against Syria, then have those same rebels mass gassed- implying perfectly that Assad used gas yet again. The public will happily believe Assad gassed in revenge and frustration.

      More and more people in grown-up pro-russian forums are starting to understand that Russia is finished in Syria – with Putin painted into a corner out of options.

      • DaWolf

        What in your opinion should have beed done by the Russians/Syrians/ to avoid losing the propaganda war

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          They are gaining in the real war and slowly gaining support in the majority of the world 2 years ago it was more in favor of a war , whereas today not so much. Many like Starlight believe in instantaneous combustion for people to be polarized into a mass movement it takes word of mouth and a great deal to organize today even at the grassroots level.Remember they usually are just blowing too hard and spouting conspiracies like these usual do these would be your typical propaganda methods to get ones like Starlight to jumble the message with them shouting the word conspiracy. This has worked in the days of the Nazis and as many know the whole entire Western Intelligence was filled with former Nazis after the war.

        • Ashley Pourciau

          Stay out of it.

    • northerntruthseeker .

      Yes, and therefore we should all be awaiting the fantastical US answers as to why they attacked Syria over the weekend…

      Excuses, excuses, excuses…. I guarantee we will see the US now say that the Russians and Syrians “hid” the chemical weapons before these inspectors and reporters arrived..

  • Nigel Maund

    More US, UK NATO lies, lies and more lies! Do they never stop lying? From my perspectve the West is utterly dispicable and they call themselves Democracies??? ……..who do they think they are fooling? .. They are Oligarchic Corporatist Socialist (read Communist) Dictatorships almost akin to the German Nazi Party of the 1930’s which was also an artist at False Flag events to create causes for war. However, the US and UK are even more brazen in this respect than Nazi Germany!!

    • Alberto Campos

      A bit dazed and confused, right Nigel?

  • Promitheas Apollonious

    What a surprise… is May the cow- Boris the stooge and Donald Duck are lying? Looking forward to hear the comments of Niki Hasbara. I am sure she has a perfectly logical explanation of what really happen.

  • Onno Frowein

    Evidence again that MSM = government propaganda = LIES = Fake News. That’s why governments like Germany France & UK plus European Commission are introducing laws to limit FREEDOM of SPEECH = CENSORSHIP with CAPS!!

  • Eouz Cuemarz

    The Trump, May, and Macron these leaders of the west are the greatest geopolitical disaster of our times.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      you confuse errand boys and whores of NWO, with leaders.

    • You can call me Al

      You forgot Merkel, Justin Trudeau and that numptie in Australia “Malcolm Bligh Turnbull” + many other tossers in Europe, Asian, The Middle East and South America …….all muppets and puppets for the New World Order.

  • Денис Черкасов

    Don’t think americans will hear this. Looks like this channel is pretty balanced and has little audience.

  • Joe

    What is more alarming is a few unknown terrorists just doing a simple video shoot can get the PRESIDENT OF US and get Nikki to accuse in UNSC plus US140 millions worth of missiles that hit nothing … is nothing less than shocking !!!

    Come on , even if it is true … such actions for no deaths?

    So if everyday a nut does that and tell Trump again and he will attack and cause WW3 with Russia ?

    Crazy … EVEN IF IT IS TRUE ….. STUPID

    • Bob

      Problem is it’s not just a ‘few unknown terrorists’ – the White Helmets group staged the event. White Helmets were created and are overseen by British ‘ex’ MI6 agents and are a multi-million pound project sponsored by UK government – all at UK taxpayers expense. The only logical conclusion about the White Helmets is it’s a very well funded psychological-warfare-operation coordinated by British intelligence services.

      • Joe

        Point is those white Helmets are unknown people from the street. They put a helmet white in color and filmed it, and the clowns put it into world stage to the point of risking WW3 to revenge fake few babies yo kill millions of Babies.

        Theses leaders are in short sick

        • Bob

          Yep – point taken.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        The White helmets didn’t stage it but used an incident from one of their attacks on the locals whom were suffering from smoke inhalation same doctors at hospital gave video proof of them being there, and explained what happened White Helmet media people and UK journalist shouted gas attack, the faux hunt was on but no bodies of the dead.

  • hvaiallverden

    Again, I was pissed by the pussy footing done by the Russians, they may have strategic reasons in this theater, but never the less should have wacked some of the Boats etc, to give em an wake up call.

    When thats said, propaganda is propaganda, acusations based up in associations is just an stone age trick, yeah, like the Palestinian cause, highjacked and strangled to death, by the so called Left, witch may existed in the after math of ww2 up to the 70, when in Norway and Britain got the New Labour politics, aka the day the Joojos took over everything, to the present.
    Noray and Britain was killed in the 80s, crony capitlaism, etc to the havoc we have to day, everything by design.
    Guilt and perseptions based up ascosiations, again the simply use of the narrative and the phsycologiacl impacts it have on people when you accuse Syria of using Gas.
    And then the so called Joojo gassing is what poops up your mind, dont it, isnt that the first thing you think on when you read about people been gassed, I know you did that, that is what this is about.
    Smart, dont you think, to me its f…. kindergarden stuf, period.

    I cant advice anyone against wild acusations, based upon twisting facts or simply lie, but when this acusations is escalating, into more bullshit, simply be honest, tell BBC to go an f….. them self.
    And present the facts, because despite the MSM scums, prestitutes and whorespondents, they are loosing.
    I bett the reason for bombing this ugh, chemical factory was based upon Goolag search, yeah, write Chemicals and Syria and I bet that this site, witch was bombed never was anything other than an chemical factory witch can and is producing medicine comes up in the search result, yeah, but it sais Chemical and for an drooling yankike moron, whom dont even know where Africa is, thinks this is jack pot, yeah, we have to bomb this ugh….. chemical factory, makes us look, like ugh…. doing something, right Trumpstein, like bombing Powder milk factorys and screams about chemical weapons, remeber that yankikes, you can say whatever you want, its an no brainer, you are simply stupid, rotten scums with the largest army money can buy, killing for an fist full of silver coins.

    And finaly, acording to laws since the dawn of man, we can simply just drag May and MaCrony out of their offices and hang them on the nearest possible lamp post, everybody knows, the profs we have winessed (bombing another mans land), witch where non, and yet, attacked another country, even behind their constitution, witch clearly as daylight sets the premisses of wars and agrssions against foreign lands.
    Just hang the bastards.

    peace

  • antoun

    no evidence attack chimicle dixit the reporter american!! there is!!

    • You can call me Al

      Is that you OBI WON ?

      • antoun

        and you dark vador looser for eternity!!

        • You can call me Al

          HAHAHA Fair play.

    • Alberto Campos

      Google translation doesn’t do miracles if you’re illiterate in your own language

  • Sinbad2

    Robert Fisk also reported from Douma.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-chemical-attack-gas-douma-robert-fisk-ghouta-damascus-a8307726.html

    The US/UK stories are obviously lies, but western media won’t print it.

  • Basu Deb

    I have a premonition that the OPCW will not give an unbiased report. They hid things in the Skripal case.

    • Neurasth

      Yeah same here. They will act all nice and gentle in Douma, but once they leave Syria you can expect allot of fabricated ‘evidence’. Sadly, I’m ready to bet on that. Its a criminal organisation just like everything else that’s been touched by israel.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Yes they omitted the BZ in their report to UK even after this was certified by the Swiss National Government Agency investigated high (lethal) amounts of A-234 from UK’s private stock of it at Porton Down. They used a Nerve Gas called BZ and there was no other toxins found by the first doctor on scene who found nothing on their faces or skin. This was ingested through a food source possibly but no A-234 in the bloodstream either but BZ symptoms was detected.

  • AM Hants

    Just watched this video, courtesy of another link. So needs sharing, far and wide.

    Together with this one:

    All the mainstream media lies about Syria in one twitter thread. PLEASE SHARE
    Exposing the west’s fake news propaganda in Syria.
    https://theduran.com/all-the-mainstream-media-lies-about-syria-in-one-twitter-thread-please-share/

  • Bob

    Not heard of this channel – interwebz says – One America News – OAN – is American conservative cable news channel launched in 2013. Based in San Diego, California, and operates a news bureau in Washington and New York City. Launched with the intention of targeting a conservative and center-right audience, aims to deliver credible national and international news coverage while its prime time political talk shows operate from conservative perspective.

  • John

    OAN is a growing television media company. Their reporting in general is very good and I enjoy watching them. This is a VERY big deal that OAN has begun doing their own investigation and so far, has found nothing. As I have stated before, many of my fellow citizens are sick and tired of what has been going on worldwide. Piece by piece we are deconstructing the veil that has hidden the truth from our eyes. We are slowly freeing ourselves from those who have used us, solely for money and put humanity at peril. This report is a devastating blow to the globalists and the media that unfailingly support it. I wish well to all.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      They hold White House credentials not your run of the mill small news network.

      • John

        To my knowledge, they have not been discredited on any issue. They are new but, for them to step forward like this is a bombshell. We shall see how it goes. Good day to you Terra.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Haven’t seen any bad reporting from them yet them going international for news is good filling in a hole that MSM in the west is failing to do.

  • John C Durham

    One news service, huh? In the 50’s & 60’s, how many news organizations do you suppose would have also visited this site? I would estimate that 10 international organizations and 25 free lancers would have been there in a heartbeat.

  • javid soltani

    god bless this reporter tells the truth without any ,,,

  • Sakaramanga

    anyone missed this evidence that there were no chem attack ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVswvR6G3go

  • AlexanderAmproz

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article200692.html

    Swiss Experts Identify the Substance used on the Skripal

    VOLTAIRE NETWORK | 15 APRIL 2018

    According to the Swiss Institute for the Protection of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons (Schweizerisches Institut für ABC-Schutz), the poison found at Salisbury by OPCW investigators looking into the Skripal affair, is the toxic agent known as “BZ”.

    The name “Novichok” refers to a Soviet research programme rather than a substance that resulted from this programme.

    “BZ” is a Nato nerve-poisoning agent that takes 30-60 minutes to act and whose effects last for two to four days. What was then the USSR and what is now Russia, have never worked on this type of substance.

    The Swiss Institute for the Protection of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical weapons is a world-renowned centre of excellence. It proceeded to analyse the substance found at Salisbury at the request of the OPCW.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article200712.html

    United States Assessment of the Assad Regime’s Chemical Weapons Use

    Key Takeaway

    The United States assesses with confidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in the eastern Damascus suburb of Duma on April 7, 2018, killing dozens of men, women, and children, and severely injuring hundreds more. This conclusion is based on descriptions of the attack in multiple media sources, the reported symptoms experienced by victims, videos and images showing two assessed barrel bombs from the attack, and reliable information indicating coordination between Syrian military officials before the attack. A significant body of information points to the regime using chlorine in its bombardment of Duma, while some additional information points to the regime also using the nerve agent sarin. This is not an isolated incident—the Syrian regime has a clear history of using chemical weapons even after pledging that it had given up its chemical weapons program.

    Chemical Weapons Use on April 7, 2018

    A large body of information indicates that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in the Duma area of East Ghutah, near Damascus, on April 7, 2018. Our information is consistent and corroborated by multiple sources. These chemical weapons were used as part of a weeks-long offensive against this densely populated opposition-held enclave. This assault has killed and wounded thousands of innocent civilians.

    On April 7, social media users, non-governmental organizations, and other open-source outlets reported a chemical weapons bombardment in Duma. Videos and images show the remnants of at least two chlorine barrel bombs from the attacks with features consistent with chlorine barrel bombs from past attacks. In addition, a large volume of high-resolution, reliable photos and video from Duma clearly documents victims suffering from asphyxiation and foaming at the mouth, with no visible signs of external wounds. The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement about its concern over suspected chemical attacks in Syria, noting that victims showed symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals.

    Multiple government helicopters were observed over Duma on April 7, with witnesses specifically reporting a Mi-8 helicopter, known to have taken off from the Syrian regime’s nearby Dumayr airfield, circling over Duma during the attack. Numerous eyewitnesses corroborate that barrel bombs were dropped from these helicopters, a tactic used to target civilians indiscriminately throughout the war. Photos of barrel bombs dropped in Duma closely match those used previously by the regime. These barrel bombs were likely used in the chemical attack. Reliable intelligence also indicates that Syrian military officials coordinated what appears to be the use of chlorine in Duma on April 7. Following these barrel bomb attacks, doctors and aid organizations on the ground in Duma reported the strong smell of chlorine and described symptoms consistent with exposure to sarin.

    The symptoms described in reporting from media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other open sources—such as the WHO—include miosis (constricted pupils), convulsions, and disruption to central nervous systems. These symptoms, in addition to the dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries reported, suggest that the regime also used sarin in its attacks on April 7.

    The Assad regime chooses to deploy chemical weapons to terrorize and subdue both opposition fighters and the civilian population. It seeks to minimize regime casualties, in part because its military lacks the strength needed to otherwise prevail. Because the regime’s intent is to terrorize, it makes no effort to discriminate between military and civilian targets. By using these banned weapons and wantonly bombarding civilian neighborhoods with conventional munitions and crude barrel bombs, Assad is collectively punishing his own people as a warning against further rebellion. Further, Assad uses chemical weapons in a manner to maximize suffering, such as against families huddled in underground shelters, as was seen in Duma—a population that was already negotiating for surrender and evacuation.

    The regime’s continued use of chemical weapons threatens to desensitize the world to their use and proliferation, weaken prohibitions against their use, and increase the likelihood that additional states will acquire and use these weapons. To underscore this point, not only has Russia shielded the Assad regime from accountability for its chemical weapons use, but on March 4, 2018, Russia used a nerve agent in an attempted assassination in the United Kingdom, showing an uncommonly brazen disregard for the taboo against chemical weapons.

    In this case—as with previous instances of regime chemical weapons use—United States experts considered alternative explanations beyond the Syrian regime’s culpability for chemical weapons use. Within hours of the first allegation of chemical use on April 7, Syria’s state-run news agency painted the reports as a smear campaign by the last remaining opposition group in East Ghouta, Jaysh al-Islam. We have no information to suggest that this group has ever used chemical weapons. Further, it is unlikely that the opposition could fabricate this volume of media reports on regime chemical weapons use. Such a widespread fabrication would require a highly organized and compartmented campaign to deceive multiple media outlets while evading our detection. The Syrian regime and Russia have also claimed that a terrorist group conducted the attacks or that the attacks were staged are not consistent with the existing body of credible information. The Syrian regime, conversely, has already been condemned by United Nations (UN) investigators for past and continued chemical weapons attacks. It is the only actor in Syria with both the motive and the means to deploy nerve agents. The use of helicopters further implicates the regime; no non-state group has conducted air operations in the conflict.

    Precedent of Chemical Weapons Use and Retention of Assets

    The Assad regime continues to flout international agreements to which it has assented, even after Russia agreed to act as a guarantor of the regime’s compliance and claimed that the Syrian chemical weapons program had been neutralized. The Syrian regime and Russia have also worked to undermine international inspection and accountability mechanisms. Assad used sarin in November 2017, as the UN entity for attributing chemical use in Syria expired, ensuring that no UN Security Council (UNSC)-authorized investigative body remained to determine blame for chemical attacks. Since that time, the regime has also used chlorine on multiple occasions. The U.S. assessments of these attacks are based on credible, public information showing victims with symptoms of nerve agent exposure, including pinpoint pupils, as well as munitions of a type that largely matches previously assessed regime chemical munitions.

    The Syrian regime has repeatedly used chemical weapons to compensate for its lack of military manpower, to achieve battlefield goals, and to compel rebel surrender, especially when the regime believes critical infrastructure or territory in the core of the country to be at risk. The regime has also demonstrated a willingness to use chemical weapons against entrenched opposition forces to maintain offensive momentum when as it calculates this behavior will not be detected and punished.

    The Syrian regime’s chemical weapons attacks on Duma were part of an effort to recapture the city in order to eliminate the final opposition pocket in East Ghutah capable of threatening the capital. The regime also seeks to punish Duma’s civilian population, who have long resisted Assad’s domination, as a deterrent to further rebellion. The regime took advantage of Russia’s protection to use chemical weapons to advance its assault on Duma.

    If not stopped, Syria has the ability to produce and use more chemical weapons. The Syrian military retains expertise from its traditional chemical weapons agent program to both use sarin and produce and deploy chlorine munitions. The United States also assesses the regime still has chemicals—specifically, sarin and chlorine—that it can use in future attacks and that the regime retains the expertise necessary to develop new weapons. The Syrian military also has a variety of chemical-capable munitions—including grenades, aerial bombs, and improvised munitions—that it can use with little to no warning.

    Last fall, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) determined Syria was responsible for the sarin attack on Khan Shaykhun in April 2017. This determination was based in part on sample analysis that linked signatures from the Khan Shaykhun attack to previous samples from the Syrian regime’s sarin stockpile, making clear that Syria retained chemical weapons well past its promise that it had destroyed its stockpiles and eliminated its program.

    Chlorine Use Only Weeks after Khan Shaykhun

    The most recent attack in Duma represents a continuation of the Syrian regime’s pattern of chemical weapons use. Only weeks after the Syrian regime used sarin on Khan Shaykhun, it dropped chlorine barrel bombs as many as three times on opposition forces between April 29 and May 6, 2017, as regime forces attacked toward Al Lataminah, near Khan Shaykhun, where the Syrian regime used sarin in April 2017. The United States has indications of regime helicopters in the vicinity of the targets around this time, pictures of an unexploded chlorine barrel bomb consistent with munitions the regime has used in previous chemical attacks, and a video of chemicals being dispersed. This evidence is consistent with what the OPCW-UN JIM detailed in its fall 2016 reports assigning responsibility to the regime for chlorine attacks in 2014 and 2015. Since 2014, the regime has used chlorine in similar battlefronts to terrorize opponents and break their will to fight.

    – Photos of barrel bombs used in at least one of these attacks were consistent with regime-designed chlorine barrel bombs used throughout the conflict.

    – Regime helicopters were in the vicinity around the time chemical weapons attacks occurred and in the same area where we identified public allegations. At least one public video of the attack showed footage of helicopters in the area.

    – Victim accounts of these events specifically mentioned chlorine—including its distinctive odor after the attack—and symptoms consistent with chlorine exposure, including respiratory distress.

    – In one of the attacks, pro-opposition social media video footage showed the explosion of a munition that resulted in a yellow-green plume consistent with the dissemination of chlorine.

    Chemical Weapons Attacks in Damascus Area

    On November 18, 2017, the Syrian regime used sarin against opposition forces in the Damascus suburb of Harasta as part of an increased effort to recapture an opposition stronghold that had resisted Assad’s rule for several years. This attack resulted in dozens of injuries and deaths. This assessment is based on credible public information showing victims with symptoms of nerve agent exposure, including pinpoint pupils, and details on the munition type that largely match previously assessed regime chemical munitions.

    – A Western NGO received patients suffering from a variety of symptoms, including constricted pupils, coughing, vomiting, and abnormally slow breathing. Some public videos referred to “nerve gas” or an “organophosphate,” which would be consistent with the victims’ accounts of constricted pupils. Social media and the press estimated varying numbers of casualties, including 19 fatalities and 37 injuries.

    – The symptoms described are unlikely to have resulted from a conventional attack given the lack of other injuries associated with conventional weapons use. For instance, we have no reporting of victims experiencing the severe burns that would be expected with white phosphorus exposure.

    Social media reported that regime forces conducted the attack with hand grenades containing toxic gas, which further suggests that sarin was used in the attack.

    – The United States assesses that the regime has produced and used sarin-filled hand grenades since 2013 and retained them after acceding to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

    – In a public statement in late April 2017, France compared the sarin it detected in samples associated with the Khan Shaykhun attack to its laboratory analysis of sarin-filled grenades the regime used in April 2013.

    On January 22, 2018, the regime used at least four chlorine-filled rockets in Duma, demonstrating its willingness and capability to use multiple types of small-scale chemical munitions. A large body of social media and press reporting provided not only written accounts of the event but also images and videos that increased our confidence that a chemical was used and that the Syrian regime was responsible.

    – Social media accounts note the attack resulted in tens of victims, including at least some women and children, suffering from symptoms such as asphyxiation, consistent with chlorine exposure. Several photos of the children receiving medical care after the attack were posted to such social media accounts.

    – Images of munition fragments from this attack have similar design attributes to chlorine-filled rockets that the regime used in attacks in the Damascus area in early 2017. Multiple public accounts of the January 22 attack also noted that victims smelled a chlorine odor—an indicator of chemical use that we have observed in previous regime chlorine attacks.

    Given recent regime chemical use in Duma and Harasta, the continued allegations of chemical use in the Damascus area, and the regime’s use of chemicals under similar battlefield conditions, we are convinced that there have been other instances of both sarin and chlorine use in this area that we have not verified. We are also convinced the regime will continue to use such munitions.

    – The regime’s likely objective was to retake the East Ghutah area. East Ghutah has been one of the last pockets of territory in the Damascus suburbs held by entrenched opposition forces. The regime sought to defeat similarly entrenched opposition forces during the Aleppo offensive in fall 2016, where it repeatedly used chlorine.

    – Syria’s return to small, ground-launched munitions to deliver these toxic chemicals reflects CW tactics employed earlier in the conflict that gave regime ground forces a standoff capability to target personnel in sheltered areas such as buildings and tunnels, similar to those the Syrian regime has faced in East Ghutah.

    Since June 2017, we have identified more than 15 reports of chemical use in East Ghutah. Additionally, accounts of at least four alleged attacks in East Ghutah—including in the towns of Harasta and Jawbar—between July and November 2017 have mentioned chemical hand grenades, such as those we assess were used in Harasta.

    This history clearly illustrates the Assad regime’s consistent use of chemical weapons. Such use will continue until the costs to the regime of using these weapons outweigh any idea that they may provide military advantages.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      This whole entire article was written by the CIA even their handiwork is found in the script nothing in it is the truth about the JIM as the investigators were countermanded by the commission and large omissions in investigative reports and ignoring stated facts these are from bad state actors as sources.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        I let you to tell it to voltairenet,
        I am not qualified enough on these maters to argue with you.

        Anyways Gas isn’t a convenient weapons.

        Since WW2 the US were able to exterminate 25 Millions innocents
        without using gas.

        Maybe one day we will realize the Nazis Gas is a media trick for propaganda,
        alike the US/ZIONIST/NATO are doing today, why not Yesterday ?

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Well voltairenet allows the US state department and CIA and others to make a statement such as Key takeaway as these are US gov written statements.meaning their governments stance and not actual stance that would stand up to scrutiny.

  • dave

    Wait i’m not up to date on this as usually i give no shits, but that video of people washing with hose is that the only thing we have indicating a chemical attack? Or no obviously that’s not enough on it’s own, sorry i should go back to playing playstation.