They’ve even got video equipment on hand to record the incident so that it can be spread as part of their propaganda

28 June, 2018 by Frank Sellers

Just after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) gets expanded capacities which included throwing blame at nations for use of chemical weapons, White Helmet personnel were observed by residents in Idlib preparing missiles with an unknown liquid while making use of protective outfits.

Based on the reports, it certainly sounds like the White Helmets are up to another staged chemical weapons attack to be blamed on either the Syrian government or the Russians, strategically positioned while the Syrian army is attempting to liberate key areas to the South, routing jihadist militants, declared to be ‘fleeing’ according to the MSM.

Russian News outlet TASS reports:

MOSCOW, June 27. /TASS/. The White Helmets are preparing a provocation with the use of chemical substances in Syria’s Idlib Governorate, Major-General Alexey Tsygankov, Chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides, said on Wednesday.

“The Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing sides in Syria has received a telephone call from residents of Idlib province, who said the White Helmets organization is preparing a provocation. They said a convoy of six cars bearing the White Helmets logo had arrived in the city of Idlib on Sunday, along with a truck loaded with personal protective equipment, containers with liquid, video equipment and seven missiles. After their arrival, four persons unknown to local residents wearing special clothes and protective gear began equipping the missiles’ heads with the liquid and powder they brought along with them,” he said.

According to the Russian military, the organization’s members transported the equipped missiles to the area close to the inhabited community of Maaret al-Numan.

Some non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including the White Helmets, earlier claimed that chemical weapons had been used in Syria’s Douma on April 7. According to the statement posted on the organization’s website on April 8, chlorine bombs were dropped on the city killing dozens and poisoning others, who had to be hospitalized.

Specialists from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides examined Douma on April 9 to find no traces of chemical weapons.

On April 14, the United States, the UK and France delivered missile strikes on Syria’s military and civilian infrastructure facilities. They said the strikes had been a response to the alleged chemical attack in Douma.

Russia and Damascus accuse the White Helmets of having links to terrorists.

They’ve even got video equipment on hand to record the incident so that it can be spread as part of their propaganda via social media, and potentially aired on the Western main stream media as part of a media campaign to justify another western intervention in Syria. The last chemical weapons allegations were concerned with a blast in Douma which didn’t turn up any chemical agents in any subsequent investigations, but which was a successful pretext for military strikes in and near Damascus.



UN chemical weapons watchdog adds new powers to assign blame, following attacks

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inventory a stockpile of 22mm chemical artillery projectiles (file photo).
27 June 2018

The United Nations chemical weapons watchdog voted in favour of a United Kingdom-led proposal on Wednesday, allocating itself new powers to assign blame for attacks.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW), which is made up of Member States, voted by a margin of 82 in favor and 24 against – “to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic”, where the Fact-Finding Mission in the country has decided that weapons have been used, or are likely to have been used.

Until the vote by States Parties on Wednesday, OPCW could only say whether chemical weapons had been used, but not by whom.

“I have not hesitated in pointing out that currently there is no mechanism that would ensure that those who use chemical weapons are held fully accountable,” OPCW Director-General  Ahmet Üzümcü stated at the opening of the Special Session Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

“Investigations of alleged use of chemical weapons are essential if we are to preserve the core norms of the Convention, its credibility, and its integrity,” he added, saying that chemical weapons use is a serious offence requiring resolute action.

According to news reports, the European Union and the United States supported the UK-led move to expand the OPCW’s powers, while Iran, Syria and Russia opposed the move as going beyond its mandate.

The UK introduced the motion, after a chemical agent was used to poison a former Russian intelligence officer in the English city of Salisbury, in early March. OPCW inspectors confirmed on 18 April, that a toxic chemical of “high purity” had been used. The UK accused Russia of being the source, but Russia has firmly rejected that charge.

Investigations of alleged use of chemical weapons are essential – Ahmet Üzümcü, OPCW Director-General

Wednesday’s decision of the OPCW condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances, anywhere, calling it “unacceptable,” and contravening international norms and standards.

Moreover, it condemned the use of chemical weapons since 2012 in Iraq, Malaysia, Syria and the UK, as well as by State and by non-State actors as a “direct threat” to the object and purpose of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The States Parties also reiterated the role of the OPCW Executive Council on cases of non-compliance and requested the Secretariat preserve and provide information to the General Assembly-established investigative mechanism, as well as to any relevant UN investigatory entities.

“If accountability is avoided, the potential re-emergence and acceptance of chemicals as weapons of war and terror will not be deterred,” stressed Mr. Üzümcü.

As the CWC’s implementing body, the OPCW oversees the global effort to permanently eliminate chemical weapons. Since its 1997 entry into force – with 193 States Parties – it is the most successful disarmament treaty ever, eliminating an entire class of weapons of mass destruction.