BREAKING: OBAMA’S REBELS CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY For CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK
Paul Joseph Watson
August 30, 2013
Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta have admitted to Associated Press journalist Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for last weekâs chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assadâs forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.
âFrom numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their familiesâŠ.many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack,âwrites Gavlak.
Rebels told Gavlak that they were not properly trained on how to handle the chemical weapons or even told what they were. It appears as though the weapons were initially supposed to be given to the Al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra.
âWe were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions,â one militant named âJâ told Gavlak.
His claims are echoed by another female fighter named âKâ, who told Gavlak, âThey didnât tell us what these arms were or how to use them. We didnât know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.â
Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of an opposition rebel, also told Gavlak, âMy son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,â describing them as having a âtube-like structureâ while others were like a âhuge gas bottle.â The father names the Saudi militant who provided the weapons as Abu Ayesha.
According to Abdel-Moneim, the weapons exploded inside a tunnel, killing 12 rebels.
âMore than a dozen rebels interviewed reported that their salaries came from the Saudi government,â writes Gavlak.
If accurate, this story could completely derail the United Statesâ rush to attack Syria which has been founded on the âundeniableâ justification that Assad was behind the chemical weapons attack. Dale Gavlakâs credibility is very impressive. He has been a Middle East correspondentÂ for the Associated PressÂ for two decades and has also worked for National Public Radio (NPR).
The website on which the storyÂ originally appearedÂ – Mint Press (which is currently down as a result of huge traffic it is attracting to the article) is a legitimate media organization based in Minnesota. TheÂ Minnesota Post did a profileÂ on them last year.
Saudi Arabiaâs alleged role in providing rebels, whom they have vehemently backed at every turn, with chemical weapons, is no surprise given the revelations earlier this week that the Saudis threatened Russia with terror attacks at next yearâs Winter Olympics in Sochi unless they abandoned support for the Syrian President.
âI can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,â Prince Bandar allegedly told Vladimir Putin,Â the Telegraph reports.
The Obama administration is set to present its intelligence findings today in an effort prove that Assadâs forces were behind last weekâs attack, despite American officialsÂ admitting to the New York TimesÂ that there is no âsmoking gunâ that directly links President Assad to the attack.
US intelligence officials alsoÂ told the Associated PressÂ that the intelligence proving Assadâs culpability is âno slam dunk.â
As we reported earlier this week,Â intercepted intelligence revealed that the Syrian Defense Ministry was making âpanickedâ phone calls to Syriaâs chemical weapons department demanding answers in the hours after the attack, suggesting that it was not ordered by Assadâs forces.