Executive Intelligence Review

FROM EIR DAILY ALERT


Russia Charges, U.S. and U.K. Preparing Another ‘False Flag’ Attack, This Time in Idlib

Aug. 27, 2018 (EIRNS)—Yesterday the Russian Defense Ministry released more details about the expected chemical weapons provocation in Syria that Russian authorities first warned of Aug. 24. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that the operation is planned to unfold in the village of Kafr Zita in Syria’s northwestern Hama Province in “the next two days,” reported RT. Konashenkov said that “English-speaking specialists” are already in place to use “poisonous agents,” at the same time that a group of residents from the north have been transported to Kafr Zita and are currently being prepared

“to take part in the staging of the attack” and be filmed suffering from alleged “ ‘chemical munitions’ and ‘barrel bombs’ launched by the Syrian government forces,”

reported RT. The groups of residents will be used to assist “fake rescuers from the White Helmets.” They will be filmed apparently suffering from the effects of chemical weapons and then be aired in “the Middle Eastern and English-language media.”

Kafr Zita is about 10 km southwest of Khan Sheikhoun, where the April 2017 provocation occurred.

Today, Konashenkov reported that the U.S. Navy is building up its force of guided-missile destroyers in the Mediterranean ahead of the expected provocation.

“The United States keeps building up the cruise missile carrier group in the Middle East as part of preparations for another provocation in Idlib Province to be presented as an alleged use of chemical weapons,”

Konashenkov told TASS. He pointed out that

“these preparations are fresh confirmation of U.S. intentions to use as a pretext a likely simulation of the government forces’ chemical attack, which Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants are plotting with active support from British secret services.”

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham was formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra.

TASS does not report whether Konashenkov identified the U.S. ships, but other news reports and Twitter postings name the USS Carney, which has been in the Black Sea for the past two weeks but just transitted the Bosporus back out to the Mediterranean; and the USS Ross. These U.S. ship movements follow by just a few days the reinforcement of the Russian Navy’s Mediterranean squadron by two frigates from the Black Sea Fleet.

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