• US training terrorists in Syria for false flag chemical attacks: Russian commander

A high-ranking Russian military commander has warned that the United States is training foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in the hope that they would launch false flag chemical attacks in southern Syria to provide a pretext for Washington to carry out airstrikes on Syrian government troops and infrastructure.

“We have reliable information at our disposal that US instructors have trained a number of terrorist groups in the vicinity of the town of At-Tanf to stage provocations involving chemical warfare agents in southern Syria,” Russian General Staff spokesman General Sergey Rudskoy said at a news briefing in Moscow on Saturday.

He added, “Early in March, the saboteur groups were deployed to the southern de-escalation zone to the city of Dara’a, where the units of the so-called Free Syrian Army are stationed.”

“They are preparing a series of chemical munitions explosions. This fact will be used to blame government forces. The components to produce chemical munitions have been already delivered to the southern de-escalation zone under the guise of humanitarian convoys of a number of NGOs,” Rudskoy commented.

The senior Russian military further noted that the planned provocations would be widely covered in Western media outlets, and would ultimately be used as a pretext by the US-led coalition to launch strikes on Syria.

Rudskoy warned that another false flag chemical attack was being prepared in Syria’s northern province of Idlib by members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in coordination with the White Helmets.

Meanwhile, the Syrian ambassador to Moscow, Riyad Haddad, says allegations by Western countries that the Damascus government had made use of chemical weapons in its battles against militant groups were merely aimed at stopping territorial gains by government forces.

“The aggression of the United States and its related media outlets in alleging that our government has used chemical weapons is done to undermine the success that Syrian forces are making to liberate our land,” Haddad pointed out.

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Mar 17, 2018 19:50 UTC
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