Russian media and officials have multiplied statements seeking to warn of possible chlorine bombardment by "terrorists" who seek to "trap" Bashar al-Assad.
| 31.08.2018 at 18:26
31.08.2018 at 19:12
By Madjid Zerrouky
"Terrorists would prepare a chemical attack in Syria in two days to trap Al-Assad. This attack in Kafr Zita, Idlib province, "announced" – conditional – by Russian media did not take place. But the next would be imminent, if we believe Moscow. Or ? In Saraqeb or "in the south", as announced by the Russian Embassy in Israel? Or on the contrary in the West, near Jisr al-Choughour, where Uyghur jihadists will be responsible for it with the help of British mercenaries, according to the Russian Embassy in Washington?
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Since boot noises are heard around the province, the last rebel stronghold promised for an imminent military offensive, officials, Russian embassies, government media and pro-Bashar al-Assad have been mounting reports of preparations for chemical attacks. In the region. The aim would be to legitimize, according to them, Western intervention against the Syrian government forces and their allies.
Syria: final preparations before the Battle of Idlib
On August 26, Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, launched the offensive by ensuring that "English-speaking specialists arrived in the de-escalation area of Idlib to organize a chemical attack on the using rockets filled with chlorine. People will dress like white helmets [les secouristes de la défense civile] to shoot videos showing them suffering from alleged chemical munitions launched by Syrian government forces. "
A statement naturally relayed by RT (formerly Russia Today) and Sputnik News, two of Moscow's leading media relays of influence.
Igor Konashenkov said the operation should take place in the village of Kafr Zita "in the next two days". If the "operation" did not take place, his announcement brought back bad memories to the first interested, the inhabitants. The city has indeed undergone seventeen supposed attacks with chlorine since 2014 …
"The regime and Russia want to force the population to flee and want to tarnish the reputation of the civil defense, reacted the local council of the city (the municipality). This suggests that the regime deliberately intended to [nous] bomb with chemical gas. "
White helmets are staged, according to the Kremlin
The pro-Russian media have attributed chemical attacks to rebels or rescue services since 2013 and a sarin attack in the Ghouta near Damascus, which has left hundreds dead. But these campaigns have accelerated after that, still in sarin, of Khan Sheikhoun in 2017. The investigators of the United Nations have attributed the responsibility to the Syrian regime.
To support the "Kafr Zita" demonstration last week, images of a staging were once again exposed as "proof" by Twitter accounts of Russian embassies.
The authors of this hoax, which is obviously aimed at a Western audience, did not bother to erase the name inscribed in Arabic on the clap used during the shooting: Najdat Anzour, presumed director, therefore, of the rebellious "mise en scene".
The author as filming are very real. This is the movie Revolution Man, a fresco about the war, produced by the Syrian Ministry of Culture and funded by state-owned telecommunications company Syriatel. The image in question is also on the promotional Facebook account of the film.
Ironically, the film, released in March 2018, has the stated purpose of countering the opposing propaganda: "Syria has been subjected to much misinformation and false claims […] and the film is aimed at this aspect to deliver his message …", explained the Syriatel media manager on March 3.
Difficult not to detect a thread in the Russian-Syrian propaganda reading the synopsis: "The film tells the story of a journalist looking for fame and international awards who illegally enter Syria to take photos and videos of the war. After failing to achieve his goal, he helps terrorists make an incident with chemicals. "
A "proof" video from a making-of
February 13 already: same accusations, and same elements of language. Based on "anonymous intelligence" from the Russian military deployed in Syria, an article published by RT accused white helmets and jihadists of the al-Nusra Front of planning a chemical attack. Place of the planned attack: Saraqeb. Or the site, again, of an attack that had already taken place … nine days earlier, February 4.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed on May 16 that chlorine had been "presumably used as a chemical weapon". "Chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al-Talil district of Saraqeb," a statement from the institution said.
In March, in the region of Al-Tanf (South-East), after a sharp rise in tension between US forces and local rebels on one side, and Syrian and pro-Iranian forces on the other, Washington This time was accused by the Russian Ministry of Defense of planning chemical attacks in the South.
"We have reliable information that American instructors have formed a number of militant groups in the vicinity of At-Tanf town to stage provocations with chemical agents in southern Syria." said General Sergei Rudskoy.
"At the beginning of March, the saboteur groups were deployed in the south de-escalation zone to the town of Deraa, where the units of the so-called Free Syrian Army are stationed. "
Charges there again fanciful, unsupported and denied by the facts. The Deraa enclave will be taken over by government forces a few months later, at the beginning of the summer.
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On April 7, an attack, very real that one, was aimed at the city of Douma, in Eastern Ghouta, and killed about forty people. The fact that it involved government helicopters did not prevent the Russian government from claiming that the British government had ordered the white helmets to simulate an attack.
On April 9, the state television Russia-1 presented evidence of the staging: images … also borrowed from the making-of film Revolution Man.
While these "announcements" are not always linked to actual attacks, they often anticipate government forces operations. As if Mosocu sought to systematically scramble the tracks in a preventive way while dozens of attacks – mostly with chlorine – were documented in the country. Whether or not Damascus plans to use chemical weapons in the province of Idlib, the countdown to the offensive is well underway.