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Moscow, Russia – The Russian Ministry of Defense has warned that it has credible intelligence that United States special forces are assisting the western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in preparation of an orchestrated “chemical attack provocation” involving chlorine gas to be staged in the Deir ez-Zor province in an effort to precipitate another round of U.S.-led strikes against Assad government forces and facilities meant to bolster a planned FSA offensive on eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

“Our intelligence confirmed by three independent Syrian sources says that commanders of the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’, backed by the American Special Forces operators, are preparing a serious provocation involving chemical warfare agents in Deir ez-Zor province,” Russian Ministry of Defense Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement released on Monday.

According to the MoD, FSA militants will reportedly use chlorine cylinders to simulate another chemical attack against civilians and provoke Western airstrikes on Syrian’s government forces, according to Konashenkov.

“To imitate yet another ‘chemical attack by the regime against peaceful civilians’, the rebels brought canisters filled with chlorine,” the statement read.

In what would essentially be a repeat of the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7, the false flag chemical attack operation, which would be blamed on the Assad government, and dutifully reported as an “Assad gas attack on his own people” in Western mass media, will then serve as a pretext for a more fierce round of western airstrikes against Syrian governmental targets. The attacks would have the explicit aim of seriously deteriorating the Syrian Army’s offensive capabilities, while dangerously risking direct confrontation with Russia.

“After being published in western media a staged video is set to initiate a missile strike on Syria’s state facilities by the US-led coalition and justify an offensive operation by militants against Syrian governmental forces on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River,” Konashenkov said, adding that Russia’s Defense Ministry warns that the use of such provocations for destabilization of the environment on the Syrian territory is unacceptable.

It is important to point out that such a warning does not mean that it will actually happen, nor that it will happen like Russia predicts. However, this is not the first time the Russian state has made such a prediction.

Prior to the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7th, Russia’s Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, warned on March 13 that Syrian rebels were preparing to use chemical weapons— to be blamed on the Syrian government— as a justification for U.S. strikes on Damascus.

At the time Gerasimov presciently said the U.S. planned to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons, thus justifying a potential attack on Syrian government facilities in the Syrian capital of Damascus, which is exactly what seems to have taken place.

After the Douma incident, critically acclaimed war reporter Robert Fisk visited the Damascus suburb and published a stunning account of the alleged chemical attack on April 7, which included testimony from a doctor who works at the hospital featured in the widely circulated video purported to be the aftermath of a Syrian government chemical strike.

In an exclusive first-hand report for the Independent, Fisk, who has twice won the British Press Awards’ Journalist of the Year prize and is a seven-time winner of the British Press Awards’ Foreign Correspondent of the Year, reported:

This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks–and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world’s most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There’s even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the “gas” videotape which horrified the world– despite all the doubters–is perfectly genuine.

War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.

Stunningly, a boy who was seen in footage widely shared on social media, and purported to be a victim of the alleged Douma “chemical attack,” as well as medical staff from the hospital, testified at a Russia-backed conference at The Hague.

“We were at the basement and we heard people shouting that we needed to go to a hospital. We went through a tunnel. At the hospital they started pouring cold water on me,” the boy told the press conference, gathered by Russia’s mission at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.

Muwaffak Nasrim, a paramedic who was working in emergency care, testified that the hospital received people who suffered from smoke and dust asphyxiation on the day of the alleged attack, but that the panic seen in footage provided by the White Helmets was caused mainly by people shouting about the alleged use of chemical weapons. No patients, however, displayed symptoms of chemical weapons exposure, he said.

Former Congressman Ron Paul, in the wake of the Douma incident, argued that it made no logical sense for Assad to order a gas attack and called the accusations a telltale sign of a false flag attack meant to provide justification for the U.S. military to maintain a presence in Syria.

“An incident will occur and somebody will get blamed and it’s usually a false flag,” said Paul.

“Right now, recently, it’s all been in Syria, ‘Assad did it! Assad did it!’” explained the former congressman. “No proof at all.”

“The way the people that perpetuate these false flags [sic] say that Assad is gassing his own people, at the same time, he’s winning the war and the people are flocking back in to go to the territories that he has returned to the government of Syria,” explained Paul. “But, nevertheless, he’s out there gassing his own people, which makes no sense whatsoever and fewer and fewer people are believing this.”

It seems another Douma false flag scenario may be imminent. Thankfully, Ron Paul is correct; “fewer and fewer people are believing this!” Stay vigilant!


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