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   WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.

“We have other reports from the battlefield from people who claim it’s been used,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. “We do not have evidence of it.”

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https://www.newsweek.com/now-mattis-admits-there-was-no-evidence-assad-using-poison-gas-his-people-801542?fbclid=IwAR3A4DVHDm9sUHHSSYQvs0N0io8pF5cc7jO3X0XqUXZSpc3EsViD00OtxEY

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   Serious, experienced chemical weapons experts and investigators such as Hans Blix, Scott Ritter, Gareth Porter and Theodore Postol have all cast doubt on “official” American narratives regarding President Assad employing Sarin.

 

   These analysts have all focused on the technical aspects of the two attacks and found them not to be consistent with the use of nation-state quality Sarin munitions.

The 2013 Ghouta event, for example, employed home-made rockets of the type favored by insurgents. The White House Memorandum on Khan Sheikhoun seemed to rely heavily on testimony from the Syrian White Helmets who were filmed at the scene having contact with supposed Sarin-tainted casualties and not suffering any ill effects.

 

   Likewise, these same actors were filmed wearing chemical weapons training suits around the supposed “point of impact” in Khan Sheikhoun, something which makes their testimony (and samples) highly suspect. A training suit offers no protection at all, and these people would all be dead if they had come into contact with real military-grade Sarin.

 

 

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Ru MOD:

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   As a result of hitting two aerial bombs on the territory of the logistics center of the 138th brigade of the Syrian army, 7 kilometers west of Damascus, three Syrian soldiers were injured. The fire was quickly located by the fire brigades, Major General Igor Konashenkov, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, said.

    "The provocative actions of the Israeli Air Force on the evening of December 25, 2018, when six F-16 aircrafts, while in the airspace of neighboring Lebanon, launched an air strike on the territory of Syria, created a direct threat to two passenger aircraft," the Russian military underlined. The report stressed that the attack of the Israeli Air Force was made at the time of landing civilian non-Russian airliners at airports in Lebanon and Syria.

    “To prevent the tragedy, Syrian government forces imposed restrictions on the use of air defense and electronic warfare, which allowed air traffic controllers in Damascus to take a passenger plane from a dangerous area and send it to the alternate Khmeimim airfield,” Konashenkov stressed.

 

   He also stressed that Israeli aircraft used 16 GBU-39 guided bombs during the attack. Fourteen of them were destroyed by Syrian air defense weapons.

   Earlier it was reported that the means of air defense of Syria repelled a rocket attack in the western part of Damascus. The attack lasted more than two hours. During the shelling, Syrian air defenses were able to shoot down several missiles.

 

   Claimed to be places that were hit:

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Turkish forces moving to Syrian border, claimed that number of positions will be established near Manbij and Jarablus. Some of photos made in Northen Turkey.

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6 hours ago, Mighty_Zuk said:

2 missiles hit 4 places? Something's not right with that version.

MoD claimed 14 out of 16 bombs, but there were also claims about missiles used. Also, those could be remains of missile/pieces or failed/jammed AA missiles as well.

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#BREAKING: Israeli official to @AP: "Israel carried airstrike in Syria, in which a series of Iranian targets were hit including Iranian storage and logistic targets being used to transfer weapons to the Hezbollah Israel also took out a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus"

 

So targets that were confirmed to be hit:

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And:

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   Second target was a parking lot for military vehicles.

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  So putting things together (thanks to discussion on otvaga) - Isreali forces tried to "catch" yet another shipping of weapons from Iranian Boeing that arrived to Damascus. Iranian plane was not directly attacked, so they were aiming at places where weapons could be. 4th Division storage was one of nearest to airport. Not sure about bombings of parking lot.

 

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  Claims that AA position was nearby:

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   Israel claimed that AA position was destroyed, but sat photos doesn't show any damage. AFAIK it is equipped with S-125s.

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   Mezzeh AB on the other hand was claimed to have those systems:

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I will be curious to see how the US pullout occurs.  Does it mean that everyone will leave, or just normal units, with SF still there?  Will the USAF/USN stop performing air strikes?

 

If the USAF/USN leaves, the SDF may start having even more problems against ISIS remnants.

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On 12/25/2018 at 8:37 AM, LoooSeR said:

 

 

I figured that was common knowledge, but the amount of people I talked too when it first happened who genuinely believed it is disturbing. Yeah because whenever the government claims someone did X therefore we have to take action they're always 100% and trustful amirite? The amount of people in my country with short term memory when it comes to this kinda of shit is disturbing. 

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On ‎1‎/‎1‎/‎2019 at 6:47 PM, AssaultPlazma said:

The amount of people in my country with short term memory when it comes to this kinda of shit is disturbing.

 

Not to mention dangerous for the rest of us.

 

Although, to be perfectly fair, it must be said that the UK is just as bad if not worse.....Have you guys been following the exposure of the rather ironically named 'Integrity Initiative'? 

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20 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

 

Not to mention dangerous for the rest of us.

 

Although, to be perfectly fair, it must be said that the UK is just as bad if not worse.....Have you guys been following the exposure of the rather ironically named 'Integrity Initiative'? 

 

 

nope 

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