Republican State Senator Richard Black of Virginia has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and claimed to have knowledge of an alleged Western plot to stage a chemical weapons attack there as a pretext for military action, Newsweek reports.
Black, an Army veteran, traveled to Syria on Wednesday to express his support for the government’s war against insurgents and jihadis who rose up in a 2011 rebellion backed by the West, Turkey and Gulf Arab states. The U.S. and its allies have accused Assad of war crimes, including the use of chemical weapons, but the Syrian leader and his Russian and Iranian allies have alleged that such incidents were “false flag” plots conjured up to justify foreign intervention.
As the Syrian military prepares for a major showdown with the final Islamist-held province of Idlib, U.S. officials have claimed that Assad may order the use of restricted poison gas, while Russia has claimed that the U.K. was working with local militants in an apparent attempt to stage such an incident. In an interview with regional media the following day, Black sided with the pro-Syrian government camp.
“We knew about four weeks ago that British intelligence was planning to work to stage a false flag chemical attack to pretend that it was the fault of Syria and to blame it on Syria and then to come to the rescue of Al-Qaeda,” Black told Al Mayadeen, a Lebanese outlet.
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And in its routine, a steady flow of fake “chemical attacks in Syria by Government forces and Bashar al-Assad”, here is yet another of the many leaked videos. This is a filming allegedly from Eastern Ghouta, where an audience is being taught how to film fake chemical attacks. Regardless of who made this video, it confirms the degree of awareness inside Syria among some groups of the need to “teach people how to make fake videos”.
In parallell to US Officials John Bolton and Nikki Haley who is now “warning Syria against Chemical Weapons attacks.” Within a few weeks it was reported that elements inside Syria plan to organize a provocation using “chemical weapons”, hoping that such deception can be used as an excuse to justify another US / UK and French attack on the Syrian government.