Turkey likely to have used Chemical Weapons in Syria
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc),- The renewed diplomatic raw about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, with bellicose threats from the US- Administration, has taken a surprising turn, as it transpires, that the most likely perpetrator are Turkish military officers in Syria.Turkish troops and pilots have over the last week been involved in pitched battles, alongside al-Nusra terrorist or mercenary corps, in the attempt to secure the Minnegh airfield near Aleppo, leading to suspicions that the anti-Syrian alliance is preparing the political and military pretext for yet another Iraq or Libya – style “intervention”.
According to Syrian military sources and the Al-Watan newspaper, Turkish ground troops and pilots are directly involved in pitched battles for the Minnegh airfield, North of the Syrian city Aleppo. The Turkish troops are, according to the Syrian military, fighting alongside terrorist mercenary corps of the al-Qaeda associated al-Nusrah, as well as other predominantly foreign mercenary corps from countries like Tunisia, Libya.
The presence of the Turkish troops in the battle for the Minnegh airfield is not the first incidence in which Turkish troops have been operating in Syria. Journalists have repeatedly documented Turkish military officer’s presence in Syria, distributing large weapons shipments among the terrorist or mercenary brigades.
At the Ming airfield, near Aleppo however, Turkish troops are reported to be actively taking part in pitched battles with the Syrian military. According to reports from the so-called “Free Syrian Army” the battle to conquer and secure the airfield near Aleppo has been given the highest priority.
While the pitched battles between Syrian military forces and the mercenary corps and Turkish troops, who are trying to secure the Minnegh airfield “at any cost” have been raging for days, the world’s media attention has predominantly focused on the new diplomatic raw about chemical weapons.
US-President Obama has previously stated, that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian military would be a “game changer”. During the last Friends of Syria meeting in Rome, US Secretary of State stated, that there would be a need for a “game changer”, and the latest information suggests, that the US-led anti-Syrian alliance is directly involved in bringing about the “game changer”, or the pretext for increasing military pressure against Syria, by causing an incident with chemical weapons.
The Syrian Minister of Information, Omran al-Zoubi, who earlier this week has been on an official visit to Moscow on the invitation of the Russian State Duma, has yesterday addressed the press and stated, that the chemical weapons used by the terrorists in Khan al-Assal in the Aleppo countryside probably have arrived from Turkey. Al-Zoubi stressed, that western allegations, that the Syrian army used chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal or other areas are not credible.
Al-Zoubi´s statement is strongly supported by precedence, that is, by the USA and UK manufacturing false claims and falsifying evidence about alleged WMDs to create a pretext for a unilaterally decided and illegal military intervention.
Al-Zoubi´s statement is furthermore supported by a report on the website of the Russian TV channel Russia Today, RT, who quotes al-Zoubi as saying that the missile which targeted Khan al-Assal was launched from an area where terrorists exist, and which is not far from Turkish territory.
Al-Zoubi pointed out, that the Syrian government took the initiative to request a probe into the incident and reiterated Syria´s support for having Russian experts investigating the use of chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal. Answering a question about the western allegations which claim that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian army in other areas, the Information Minister said, “The U.S.-British and western allegations in general on that issue do not have any credibility”.
Al-Zoubi held the western side directly responsible for what happened in Khan al-Assal, saying, they want now to hide behind this “fabricated and false” talk to justify their silence on failing the investigative mission requested by Syria and to exonerate the terrorists.
While the worlds mainstream media focus on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian military, the importance of the fact that Turkish, that is NATO troops are directly involved in combat operations against the Syrian military, and that the Turkish/NATO troops, who are fighting alongside state sponsored terrorist organizations are trying to conquer and secure the strategically important airfield cannot be overemphasized.
The airfield, if conquered, could serve as a forward logistic hub for increased arms deliveries, for the insertion and retraction of special forces, and as an important troop deployment hub in case of an overt, large scale military aggression against Syria. Furthermore, the legal and political implications of NATO troop involvement in combat operations and their involvement in the use of chemical weapons, could indeed be a game changer that warrants a more direct involvement from Russia.