Syrian Rebels Claim Responsibility for Attacks (VoiceofRussia)

I’ve seen this several places – and keeping my eyes open for more details — but I have no idea of the validity. Feel free to comment if you have heard anything about these claims. And if you have more info about the Prince mentioned in this article —-

‘Syrian rebels take responsibility for the chemical attack

admitting the weapons were provided by Saudis’ – source

In an interview with Dale Gavlak, a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press and Mint Press News, Syrian rebels tacitly implied that they were responsible for last week’s chemical attack. Some information could not immediately be independently verified.

“From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families….many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack,” he writes in the article.

The rebels noted it was a result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them.

“My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” said Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of a rebel fighting to unseat Assad, who lives in Ghouta.

As Gavlak reports, Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels died in a weapons storage tunnel. The father stated the weapons were provided to rebel forces by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, describing them as having a “tube-like structure” while others were like a “huge gas bottle.”

“They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,” complained a female fighter named ‘K’. “We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”

“When Saudi Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people, he must give them to those who know how to handle and use them,” she warned. She, like other Syrians, do not want to use their full names for fear of retribution.

Gavlak also refers to an article in the UK’s Daily Telegraph about secret Russian-Saudi talks stating that Prince Bandar threatened Russian President Vladimir Putin with terror attacks at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if Russia doesn’t agree to change its stance on Syria.

“Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord,” the article stated.

“I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,” Saudi Prince allegedly told Vladimir Putin.

Mint Press News stated that some of the information couldn’t be independently verified and pledged to continue providing updates on this topic.

Recent publication by the Voice of Russia ‘Syrian rebels take responsibility for the chemical attack admitting the weapons were provided by Saudis’ received a strong outcry among the Internet users as some of them claiming that the company’s reports are more credible than allegations against Syrian government made by US authorities.

‘It’s more credible than the US saying we have real evidence of Assad using them [chemical weapons]. Assad doesn’t get weapons from Saudi Arabia. They don’t have ties. The US will use any reason it can to go to war. Even if it means creating one’, writesDylanJamesCo on Reddit.

Meanwhile, not everyone shares such this point of view.

KoreyYrvaI writes that ‘The Voice of Russia wants us to believe that the Rebels totally were responsible for the chemical attack, and it was an accident… because Russia has been impartial throughout all of this and I don’t think America(or anyone) needs another war, but this is hardly credible’.

But one thing unites the users: they believe the US government wants and needs another war in the Middle East.

‘America is just getting better at proxy wars. They have firm ties with the Saudis, and they would have no problem destabilizing Syria if it meant the US could eventually target Iran and its oil reserve’, writesNineteenEightyTwo.

Voice of Russia, Mint Press News

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3 thoughts on “Syrian Rebels Claim Responsibility for Attacks (VoiceofRussia)

  1. usawoman says:

    I just don’t know what to believe anymore. The situation gets more desperate by the day, but we’ve known the Middle East has been unstable for a long time. Why do we need to get involved? That’s what Obama needs to articulate to the American people, and to the world.

    • I still say he’s only moving forward to protect his reputation and ego which is way out of control.

      Unlike Iraq where many countries and the major of Congress voted to move ahead, there just is not enough support for his plan. One reason is likely that its a very weak and symbolic “plan” and won’t help – and likely will make the situation worse. He doesn’t understand – if you aren’t going to have a thorough plan and aren’t going in to win and to make a positive difference — there is no sense in sending our troops in.

      I saw an interesting comment on a blog tonight – the person said that if we weren’t going to send troops to protect our own people in Benghazi, then we have no business going into Syria. Its an interesting comment….

  2. Adny says:

    Someone from the mainstream press simply has to locate Abu Abdel-Moneim in Ghouta and ask him about his son. If that guy isn’t real, then it’s good evidence of Syrian gov propaganda (and implies guilt). But if it’s genuinely true that rebel groups were hiding in out Ghouta and storing faulty poison gas canisters, then that is a huge possible shift in agency.

    It’s startling how no other news outlet or major human rights organisation have bothered to track down Abu Abdel-Moneim in Ghouta .

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