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Did A Saudi Mole In Assad’s Régime Launch Chemical Attacks Without Assad’s Orders?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 9, 2013

Via DSWright at FDL, we find this bit of news from the German press:

President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month’s chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported , citing unidentified, high-level national security sources.

The intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast, Bild am Sonntag said. The intercepted communications suggested Assad, who is accused of war crimes by the west, including foreign secretary William Hague, was not himself involved in last month’s attack or in other instances when government forces have allegedly used chemical weapons.

This is in addition to the growing number of statements from US Congressmembers like Alan Grayson and Rush Holt that also put into question whether Assad actually ordered the attack attributed to his forces.

So, if Assad’s not ordering his forces to make chemical attacks, who is?

Is it someone in his régime who is in the pay of the CIA, the Saudis’ Prince Bandar bin Sultan, or both?


2 Responses to “Did A Saudi Mole In Assad’s Régime Launch Chemical Attacks Without Assad’s Orders?”

  1. Charles II said

    RT is reporting that rebels are planning to launch chemical weapons at Israel from territory nominally controlled by the Assad forces. I have no idea whether it’s true–the Russian media is perhaps even more jingoistic than the US media– but it certainly would make a lot more sense than Assad attacking Israel.

  2. Stormcrow said

    I’ve heard essentially the same story about Prince Bandar from other sources.

    Figures. Our “ally” wants to make its corner of the Middle East safe for Wahhabism.

    And the 0 administration is duly chugging the Kool-Aid, without checking to see what else is mixed with it.

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