US Pushing The Gambit In Syria: Something Big Is Coming As Officials Ramp Up Threats

US Pushing The Gambit In Syria: Something Big Is Coming As Officials Ramp Up Threats

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We warned previously that something big is coming in Syria as the final showdown for al-Qaeda held Idlib looms with the Syrian Army and Russian aerial and naval forces taking position.

Pentagon and US officials continue pushing the gambit, setting the stage to play the “Assad is gassing his own people” card should so much as an inkling of a White Helmets allegation emerge, in an unprecedented level of telegraphing intentions for leverage on the battlefield.

And right on cue CNN has ramped up its coverage over the past of week of the “last rebel-held stronghold” in Syria, sending a hijab-covered reporter into the territory under rebel permission to interview civilians which CNN says Assad seeks to wipe out, possibly through sarin or other chemical attack.

Except the “rebel” coalition in control of this major “final holdout” is but the latest incarnation of al-Qaeda, calling itself Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and has held the province, the capital city of which is Idlib city, since a successful Western and Gulf ally sponsored attack on the area in 2015.

From National Security Advisor John Bolton’s statements last week to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “warning” to his Russian counterpartto Tuesday’s State Department press briefing, where spokeswoman Heather Nauert reiterated reiterated to reporters the United States “will respond to any verified chemical weapons use in Idlib or elsewhere in Syria … in a swift and appropriate manner”…

It now appears the US stands ready to respond militarily to even the most unlikely and flimsiest of accusations.

And why wouldn’t Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militants, now surrounded by Syrian and Russian forces and facing imminent defeat, redeem what’s essentially the US offer to “call in the Air Force” against Assad’s army? All they have to do is utter the words “chemical weapons attack!” to their friends in the Western media.

The Idlib campaign is predicted to be the bloodiest and longest grinding final battle of the war, and what should by now be obvious to all is this: Assad, on the verge of total victory has absolutely no incentive whatsoever to commit the one act that would ensure his own demise after arguably barely surviving seven years of war.

And at the same time the HTS/AQ “rebels” have every incentive to bring to fruition what US officials have this week so clearly laid out for them.

After all, it’s happened before in Idlib, with not so much as an on-the-ground investigation to collect evidence to back the claim (usually the minimal investigative threshold for the UN and OPCW), as occurred in the April 2017 Khan Sheikhoun claimed “sarin attack” incident, which resulted in the first time President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria. To this day the international chemical investigative body and watchdog, the OPCW, has yet to visit the site due to its being controlled by al-Qaeda forces.

Nauert said further on Tuesday that senior U.S. officials have engaged with their Russian counterparts “to make this point very clear to Damascus” — that chemical weapons “will not be tolerated” — and could meet with massive military response. She also repeated that Assad would be held responsible.

Meanwhile Russia has cited its own intelligence saying that Syrian armed groups in Idlib are preparing for a staged chemical provocation, which Moscow says the West will use to justify a strike against Syrian government forces.

Speaking to Newsweek on Monday, Syria analyst Joshua Landis said that there is every reason to doubt the veracity of past rebel claims regarding government chemical weapons usage — a surprising admission given his prominence as speaking from within the heart of the media foreign policy establishment.

Landis said, “I don’t know what to make of the U.S. and Russian war of words over the potential use of chemical weapons in Idlib. The final reports on the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta were not definitive.”

“There was no evidence found for the use of nerve agents, but controversy over the use of chlorine gas. The rebels had reason to carry out a false flag operation, as the regime and Russians suggested, but the regime refused to let U.N. inspectors in to test for chemical weapons until after a lengthy delay, which was suspicious,” he concluded.


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    I remember when CNN aired the story of the chemical weapons attack on TV.
    They had all these kids who were crying and, center stage,was this 6yr. old kid screaming while his mother held him crying.
    Very sad, yes but I remembered that kid and his mom as a team that appeared 20 months before as a Palestinian who was hit by shellfire in Gaza to take out a rocket battery.
    Boy that kid sure could scream !
    There was nothing the matter with his lungs !
    And the interesting thing was that the UN had cautioned Assad about chemical weapons 10 days before.
    Nice timing.
    The real bad guy in the ME is Erdogan of Turkey.
    He created the Syrian Civil War and ISIS.

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      Robert C Spratt 3 weeks

      We can count on CNN to contact that boy’s agent to get some footage of him foaming at the mouth for the cameras while his mother rocks him and screams into the air. Or then maybe the other way around. After all he is an expert screamer.

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    bonavajo 3 weeks

    As a retired Army officer I say we should not get involved in the war except to help establish safe zones in Syria so all Syrian refugees can be repatriated back to their country. If need be we can do this under the UN. We can ask nato and other middle east countries to help.

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      Maury Joseph 3 weeks

      “NEUTRALITY helps the oppressor, never the victim.
      SILENCE encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
      Sometimes we must interfere ,
      whenever human lives are endangered…………….
      That place – at that moment – BECOME THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE.” (Nobel laureate Elie Weisel)

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    bonavajo, good response and a great idea. I hope it happens as no one wants more of these cult of death members shipped to other countries with dissimilar ideologies. Everyone should look at the damage to societies that have tried to assimilate these middle eastern barbarians. We in the US are particularly aware of their barbaric governance called Sharia Law. Cutting off heads, and throwing rocks to kill, mutilating ones female population, molesting animals, etc.. Not allowed in this country if caught and they are getting caught but not because the barbarian communities in their enclaves who allow all of the noted behaviors and more are turning them in. Assimilate or leave is the message and preferably back to their own points of origin. So hope your suggestion is noted because they are not welcome to continue their ways in the western cultures.

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    James 3 weeks

    Everything’s lining up with Biblical prophesy. At the end it says “Damascus will lie in ruins.” It’s seems to be accelerating. As Dr John Hagee says, “Pray up, look up ’cause we’re going up!”

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    Diane 2 weeks

    Pastor Hagee is not really that credible in the Christian community so I take what he says with a grain of salt. I have watched his videos also. I just don’t believe anything Newsweek says or why any conservative sight would consider then credible. I think this is more fear mongering by the left to get the focus off the FISA scandal and to discredit Trump.

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