Friday, July 7, 2017

Russia Says ISIS Planning To Gas Syrian Civilians, Frame Assad To Justify U.S. Invasion

Russia Says ISIS Planning to Gas Syrian Civilians, Frame Assad, To Justify US Invasion

On Thursday, during a weekly press briefing by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained that their intelligence has revealed active terrorist plots to stage chemical attacks in Syria in order to justify and precipitate U.S. strikes and increased intervention in the Syrian civil war.
The information exposes ongoing plans by Syrian terrorist groups to stage chemical weapons attacks, to be blamed on the Assad government, in an effort to justify U.S. attacks against Syrian government forces.
“According to information available [to us], Syrian terrorist groups plan staged provocative actions with the use of chemical poison gases to justify US strikes against the positions of the Syrian government forces,” Zakharova said at a weekly press briefing.
The intelligence reveals that ISIS has deployed laboratories and equipment for manufacturing chemical weapons from its capital of Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor, according to Zakharova.
“Daesh is transferring workshops and equipment for the production of ammunition, including those equipped with chemical agents, from the city of Raqqa to the controlled areas of Deir ez-Zor province,”Zakharova said.
With the U.S.-led coalition claiming to have almost completely encircled the ISIS capital of Raqqa, it begs the question of how the terrorists are able to move these chemical laboratories without complicity from the U.S.
Zakharova noted that “the movement of such large-scale equipment from under the nose of the coalition forces can indicate at least a selective unwillingness to see the facts.”
“I think you can speak with a high degree of probability about complicity with insurgents,”Zakharova asserted.

Although the U.S. was quick to blame the Assad government for an April 4 chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun without any independent corroboration, MIT professor, and former DoD analyst Theodore Postol thoroughly debunked this assessment and revealed that it was much more likely the work of terrorist groups attempting to draw the U.S. further into a Syrian regime change operation.

Then just last week, the Trump administration began publicly claiming that the Syrian government was planning new chemical attacks but failed to present any evidence to support the bold assertions.
The White House vowed to make the Syrian government “pay a heavy price” for the use of chemical weapons. These new assertions lay the groundwork for terrorists to attack civilians with chemical munitions, only to have the blame be shifted onto the Syrian government as a “legitimate” reason for attacking Syrian government forces.
The Kremlin publicly commented on the White House’s claims and said that it considers US’ threats against Syrian legitimate leadership to be “unacceptable.” The Syrian government in Damascus also denied the information.
In a press briefing at the U.S. State Department last Thursday, RT reporter Caleb Maupin took direct aim at the U.S. government position, questioning State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert whether the administration’s public statement set the stage for a false flag to be blamed on the Assad government.
“Are you concerned that that could have created an opening for terrorist groups to carry out a chemical attack?” Maupin asked Nauert during the State Department’s press briefing.
Nauert gave Maupin a looked stunned by the question.
“No,” Nauert said, revealing a complete lack of logical thought.
Maupin continued, “You’re not concerned even though al-Nusra /al-Qaeda groups have been using chemical weapons in Syria, that’s documented?”
Like a good little puppet for the U.S. war machine, Nauert refused to even acknowledge the possibility and quickly attempted to shift the conversation away from Maupin’s questioning and the very distinct reality that the administration’s statements clearly set the stage for a false flag attack that could quite easily be blamed on the Assad government.
It is also important to note how ignorant someone would have to be to believe that Assad would ever gas his own people given the known consequences of US intervention. He would effectively be signing his and his entire administration’s death certificates.
When you see statements such as these it’s time to be extremely vigilant, as there is a clear movement towards deepening U.S. regime change operations in Syria under the guise of humanitarian intervention.

US & Russia agree ceasefire in southwest Syria

The US and Russia have agreed on a ceasefire in southwest Syria, set to take effect on July 9 at noon Damascus time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced.
Lavrov was speaking following the landmark meeting between the Russian and US presidents on the fringes of the G20 summit.
In this zone [in southern Daraa, Quneitra and As-Suwayda provinces] the ceasefire regime will take effect on July 9 starting 12:00 Damascus time,” Lavrov said. “The US took an obligation that all the militant groups, located there, will comply with the ceasefire.
The ceasefire was agreed to by experts from Russia, the US and Jordan, who negotiated a memorandum on the creation of a de-escalation zone in southwestern Syria at talks in Jordan’s capital, Amman.
At first, the security around this de-escalation zone will be maintained with the help of Russian military police in coordination with the Jordanians and Americans,” Lavrov said.
"I think this is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria, and as a result of that we had a very lengthy discussion regarding other areas in Syria that we can continue to work together on to de-escalate the areas,"Reuters cited Tillerson as saying.

The US and Russia had previously negotiated a ceasefire in Syria in September 2016, but it collapsed after US jets bombed a Syrian government position, leading Moscow to wonder if the Pentagon was undermining the State Department’s efforts.

The ‘Gift’ That Keeps on Giving: North Korea Hints at More Missile Launches

After the US threatened penalties for North Korea’s Tuesday intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch, Pyongyang on Friday alluded to more launches in the future.

The isolated nation mockingly referred to the the Hwasong-14 launch as a "gift package" for the US’ Independence Day, as it took place on July 4, seemingly to reiterate its stance that the nuclear program is designed to fend off aggression from Washington.
State-owned Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a statement from an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesperson saying, "The US will receive more 'gift packages' of different sizes from the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] in endless succession, as it tries harder to destroy, by means of sanctions and pressure, the overall national power and strategic position of the DPRK," according to Yonhap News Agency.
The statement also seemed to hint that South Korea won’t be included in denuclearization talks after liberal President Moon Jae-in said he was willing to engage the North in discussion on a possible peace treaty, their nuclear program and other issues while he was visiting Berlin ahead of the G20 summit there.

US Bombers Buzz South China Sea as Trump and Xi Prepare For G20 Meeting

As the presidents of the US and China participate in the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, the two nations continue to rattle their sabers in the disputed South China Sea. The latest muscle-flexing came from the United States Air Force, which flew a pair of B-1B Lancers over the contested waters Friday.

This is "the first time US Pacific Command-directed B-1B Lancers have conducted combined training with JASDF [Japanese Air Force] fighters at night," according to a statement issued by the US Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs office. After the bilateral exercises, "the B-1Bs proceeded to the South China Sea before returning to Andersen Air Force Base."

The mission "demonstrates how the US will continue to exercise the rights of freedom of navigation anywhere international law allows," the US statement read. The United States has formally remained neutral in the South China Sea dispute, but the American leadership has protested Chinese activities such as building artificial islands to house military facilities in the economically-significant sea region. They have used naval power in the past to enforce "freedom of navigation" through the South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told Reuters that while the American bombers were not violating any laws, it was distasteful to China that countries like the United States would use "the banner of freedom of navigation and overflight to flaunt military force and harm China's sovereignty and security."

This is the latest in a continued military build-up in the South China Sea foreshadowing next week's Malabar trilateral naval exercises between India, Japan and the US. China, which reads the exercises as a tacit threat against their claims in the sea, has deployed a small fleet of 14 vessels to patrol the waters in response to the upcoming exercises.

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