Alarming Footage: Who Is Really Using Chemical Weapons in Syria?

In December of last year we revealed that the Syrian rebels had in their hands potent chemical weapons and were testing them on rabbits, and we predicted that they will use them on innocents.

Well now it is happening.

Recent new evidence translated from Arabic sources reveals the likelihood that it was the Muslim rebels (FSA) — and not the Assad regime — that carried out a chemical attack on the town of Khan al-Assal, west of Aleppo.

We have captured clips that were never translated (until now) showing rebels revealing heavy arsenals including weapons of mass destruction that contain chemical agents.

Russia says that it was the FSA that carried out the massacre while the White House says that there is no evidence that the rebels are responsible.

In Arab circles, the blaming goes back and forth. The Syrian government blames the FSA and vise-versa.

So who do we believe?

Even if we examine the sources in Arabic we find that the reporting on this story is usually done by masters of confusion. For example, how can an FSA reporter film an exploded chemical rocket at a close distance and remain alive?

But if we examine the videos during all the clashes between the FSA and the Syrian military we find much evidence from footage never seen in the West (until now) showing that weapons cache of scuds, tanks, Sam-7 rockets and even weapons of mass destruction (chemical as well as biological) are falling into the hands of FSA rebels.

In one video that we found, the Syrian rebels, after taking an airbase, show the substantial amount of scud missiles now in their hands:

And just when you think that these rebels are too primitive to figure out how to fire these missiles, here is a video of them actually launching one:

The chemical attack in Khan al-Assal is said to have been done by Assad, but as people are swayed to believing the jihadist rebels, we have first hand testimony from just one of the multitude of victims of this tragedy:

Also, there are some important facts that we have to take into perspective:

The assault happened in the town of Khan al-Assal, a predominately Shiite town. The Syrian revolution is a Sunni movement, and one of its main goals is to remove the Shiite Assad regime. The town has also been a common victim of attacks by Al-Qaeda, a Sunni organization. This is an indication that the attack was conducted by Sunnis, and not the government — which is Shiite.

Moreover, neither the rebels nor the government deny that amongst the victims were military personal. In fact, it is said that out of the 26 dead 16 were Syrian soldiers.

Why would a Shiite government orchestrate a terrorist attack on its own soldiers especially in a Shiite town?

Assad is very loyal to his own sect — the Alawites — which is a part of Shia Islam, and they in turn are loyal to him. This allegiance is so strong that, according to Middle East expert Walid Phares, if Assad ever escaped from the rebels and hid in the northwestern part of Syria, where most of the Alawites live, and his enemies came to attack there, he would use chemical weapons “to defend his own community.”

Khan al-Assal, the place of the attack, is in the northwestern part of Syria, to where Assad would flee, and the region that he would be willing to defend.

Furthermore, a medic at the local civilian hospital said that he personally saw soldiers attending to the wounded at the scene of the attack.

Another factor that deserves attention is that the device used for the attack was not advanced; both American and independent weapons analysts confirm this. If the Assad regime had done last week’s incursion, then it would have utilized something of a more sophisticated arsenal.

Also, if the government was behind this, the attack would have killed more than just 26 people, since Syria is said to own the largest chemical arsenal in the region.

It is reported that the Syrian military believes that the assault was done by launching into the town a home-made rocket containing CL17, a type of chlorine that can be found at your local swimming pool.

Though this was a small attack, chlorine can be used to implement very significant destruction on human populations. According to Benjamin Brodsky, writing for the Monterey Institute of International Studies:

The worst industrial accident in history is illustrative: 40 metric tons of methyl isocyanate was released from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, on December 3, 1984. The resulting plume killed at least 3,000 people downwind and injured more than 100,000. A sufficiently large release of elemental chlorine may be capable of exacting a comparable toll, particularly if it were to be discharged in a highly populated civilian area.

Another point is that if Assad was indeed the attacker in this scenario, then the media would be making full scale reports affirming that he is the perpetrator. The White House would be confirming it, the U.N. would be confirming it–but they are not.

It makes no sense that Assad would all of a sudden order such a strike in the first place, since he is worried about the repercussion of negative international responses. Walid Phares has made this point:

He is going to try not to use it [the chemical weapons] as much as as he can because he knows the international reaction is going to be very tough.

But, all of these facts have not stopped John McCain and Lindsay Graham from calling for U.S. intervention and the granting of weapons to the jihadists. In a recent joint statement, the two Republican senators wrote:

We are extremely disturbed by reports that chemical weapons have been used today in Syria. President Obama has said that the use of weapons of mass destruction by Bashar Assad is a ‘red line’ for him that ‘will have consequences.’ If today’s reports are substantiated, the President’s red line has been crossed, and we would urge him to take immediate action to impose the consequences he has promised. That should include the provision of arms to vetted Syrian opposition groups, targeted strikes against Assad’s aircraft and SCUD missile batteries on the ground, and the establishment of safe zones inside Syria to protect civilians and opposition groups. If today’s reports are substantiated, the tragic irony will be that these are the exact same actions that could have prevented the use of weapons of mass destruction in Syria.

The facts do not stop Republican Mike Rogers from affirming that it is a “high probability” that Assad used chemical weapons, as can be found in a recent interview:

America is in, to a degree, intervening in the Syrian situation.

One diplomatic source has stated:

Scores of U.S. military advisers in Jordan are training the rebels.

It has also been said that that training and weapons has been financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and that the goal of the U.S. and NATO is to make the rebels into a formidable fighting force “capable of countering the Syrian Army.”

Our primary concern should be that one day our own nation will work with NATO to militarily strike the Assad regime and allow the revolutionaries to prevail. Such an act will not only enable Islamic fundamentalism to further expand, but it will empower Turkey to commence its much aspired empire — that is — a revived Ottoman empire.

Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat are the authors of the book, For God or For Tyranny.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    While it is easy to become confused in the "fog of war", there is little doubt, from all the evidence presented, that the so called "rebels" are in the forefront. Moreover, the fact that they are Al Qaeda & Salafist groups should send shivers down all western spines. Why? Although breaking the back of Syria's alliance with Iran is crucial, the fact of the matter is that hooking up with Al Qaeda (Brotherhood Mafia assorted jihadists) is equally dangerous. Not only that, but no one should think, even for a nanosecond, that Iran's mullahs won't consort with Sunni Al Qaeda terrorists, when the dust settles.
    Moreover, at least with Assad's thugs in charge, Israel (and neighboring countries) was able to "control" Assad's tentacles. This is precisely why the border has been quiet, for a long time. NO longer. In fact, Al Qaeda etc have taken over a border highway, as well as a main tributary point.
    So, for western interests, the blow back caused by Obama's "leading from behind", via Benghazigate, has set the region ablaze, even as he feigns concern. The MB , and its Sunni offshoots, are the winners, just as he intended – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/10/syria-its-che

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Chanameel

    Hey, wait a minute!!!!

    Didn't Zbigniew Brzezinski fund and train Al-Qaeda in Afganistan to fight against the Russians??????

    Talk about the "fog of war."!!!!!!!!

  • Viet Vet

    I think Obummer is trying to set Assad up, so as to have an excuse to intervene and set his nefarious Muslim Brotherhood up in business. These WMD's btw, are Saddam's, that he ferreted out of Iraq on the eve of the U.S. invasion.

  • watsa46

    Who is dis-informing who?

  • SoCalMike

    Obama and the US State Dept are the best friend and most potent allies of Islamic Jihad.
    Thank all those low information voters.
    I'm not so sure Romney however had what it would take to derail the parasitic career bureaucrats at State from their campaign of geopolitically aiding and abetting Islamic Jihad.

  • LindaRivera

    In country after country, the U.S. administration take the side of and aggressively support with weapons, finances and training their top FAVORITES-the most radical Muslim terrorists. In Libya, US/NATO waged WAR for Al Qaeda and other Muslim terrorists. Gaddafi was fighting against Al Qaeda.

    U.S. leaders are eager for Muslim terrorists to get their hands on chemical weapons.

    Secular governments are UNACCEPTABLE to U.S. leaders who are determined to install the most hardline sharia rulers.

    Freedom and human rights are intensely hated by U.S. leaders. GOD HELP THE WORLD'S INNOCENTS!

    How dim the light has become that was once America. The light is almost gone now.

  • LindaRivera

    It is a very sad time for America when it is Russia that takes the moral high ground in Syria. Russia also took the moral high ground in Kosovo.

    Based on a PHONY massacre US/NATO knew never took place, in 1999, US/NATO waged ruthless war against Christian Serbs in Kosovo for the KLA Muslim terrorist organization. US/NATO triumphantly won the won the war for totalitarian, global Islam.

    • Viet Vet

      Klinton was waging the dog on that war Linda. It was to take the attention away from his pending impeachment.

  • Mickey mouse

    The government of the united states backs up and finances ISLAMIC extremists. Its a fact , just look at Egypt and Lybia. And now Syria. Its a global awakening of islam throughout the world. USA is helping them come into power. But why?

    • LindaRivera

      The reason is that American, European, British and other Western leaders utterly reject and INTENSELY HATE God, the Bible, Judaism and Christianity. They prefer the deity Muslims call Allah.

    • johnnywoods

      Because he is Barack al-Obummer.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The government of the united states backs up and finances ISLAMIC extremists."

      Because insane leftists got a stealth radical Sunni communist Muslim elected POTUS. Hopefully justice will come quickly to all who support these evils and their victims.

  • Yosef

    The authors are confusing SCUD, FROG, and other surface to surface missiles with SAM (surface to air missiles) that were captured at "air defense bases". SAMs have very small warheads and can't be aimed at ground targets with any accuracy. Mustard gas (actually a thick oily liquid) is very stable and may be used together with and in an otherwise conventional artillery shell, mortar round, a GRAD (19 kg warhead with a roughly 40 km range) rocket, etc. Syria has a large chemical arsenal. The G class and V class nerve agents are less stable and will be more difficult for the rebels to seize and launch.

  • Leland64

    Chemical weapons are not magic – they are not "weapons of mass destruction" as are nuclear or biological weapons. To be effective on an area target a number of aircraft bombs, artillery projectiles and/or multiple rocket launchers similar to the Russian BM-21 122mm rocket launcher saturate an area with chemical munitions. While effective against unprepared troops or civilians in the target area, their effects are limited by weather, wind and the type chemical employed. Gas is ugly but not nearly as ugly as nukes or bugs. Let's not get hysterical over a few casualties – wait till the Islamists get biological and/or nuclear weapons. That will be the time for hysteria – if its not to late.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Chemical weapons are not magic – they are not "weapons of mass destruction" as are nuclear or biological weapons."

      That depends on their use and on one's definition. Most people choose to identify any weapon designed to kill indiscriminately (without precision targeting) as a weapon of mass destruction. A delivery system with precise targeting that deploys chemicals to kill the target is not considered explicitly a precision weapon.

      If you want to distinguish between killing potential of chemical weapons and nuclear weapons you have to argue over scale, not root technology. One could even argue that nuclear weapons have more potential as precise tactical weapons than chemical based ones do when they are scaled down. As soon as any killing method is aimed indiscriminately you are crossing a significant line. Many people even argue that unguided bombs are weapons of mass destruction. I suppose that could be true.

      This is significant today because there is no need for these weapons other than to terrorize or commit genocide unless there is some huge set piece battle taking place or nation vs nation total war going on.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Even high profile Republican senators seem to be dupes of the (Sunni) Saudis. That's not news, but I had hoped things would improve and they haven't as far as I can tell.

    • Drakken

      The guys who are briefing the Repugs are lying through their teeth to fit an agenda, and that agenda is certainly not in our best interest, what I can't believe is that the repugs are falling for it, hook, line and sinker.

  • Drakken

    If one of these jihadist groups get ahold of a nerve or mustard agent and use in a city in Europe all hell is going to break lose. I hope that the IDF guys in the Golan Heights are taking precautions, because one of these savages just might lauch one into Israel. As far as Assads forces and the jihadist? Let them slaughter each other, better for us infidels.

  • M. Archer

    And still in all of the conversation about who will help take Assad out or will assist the rebels in over throwing the government ( hidden by all the bickering about the spectre of chemical warfare) nothing is reported about or even speculated about what Mother Russia would allow or do in this "fog". The silence is deafening. Me thinks they are waiting craftily for the right moment to prey upon the newly found gas fields just off the coast. The silence is deafening.

  • http://twitter.com/Brown_Moses @Brown_Moses

    That entire article is truly awful. The first video of the smoking crater is more likely a commonly used ZAB bomblet or part of a ZAB 100-105 burning off, the "Scuds" in the second video are S-75 Dvina surface to air missiles, the third video was posted originally as the Syrian army launching them, and was also claimed to be part of a much earlier military exercise, and the last video just repeats the same claims from State TV about the latest attack, which is hardly a reliable source. Really terrible writing, the authors should be totally ashamed to be posting ill-informed rubbish like this anywhere.

  • Martin

    This piece is beyond repair. Better take it down. The SCUDs are SAMs, the fake rabbit-vid. Nothing in this article used as "evidence" is absolutely worthless.

    • Martin

      typo: Everything shown as evidence is wothless.

  • http://twitter.com/Brown_Moses @Brown_Moses

    I've put together a piece explaining why this article is terrible http://brown-moses.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/a-great