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Published On: Wed, Jul 10th, 2013

Syrian Army seizes Massive Chemical Stockpile from Insurgents. Enough to Wipe Out Entire Country

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc),- While Russian experts have issued a report about an investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria, the Syrian Armed Forces seized a massive chemical depot from foreign backed insurgents after a heavy gunfight. The seized chemicals would, according to Syrian sources, have been sufficient to cause mass death on an unprecedented scale.

The seizure of the chemicals from the insurgents coincides with recent intelligence reports, according to which a renewed, political and military campaign against Syria will be initiated by the “opposition”, the insurgents, and the international alliance behind the war on Syria. The war has claimed more than 93.000 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands, since 2011. 

Syrian soldiers patrol the Sheik Said neighborhood of Aleppo. Photo, Sharif via PRESS TVMassive Chemical Depot Seized from Insurgents in Banis, Tartus. The Syrian armed forces have seized a large amount of weapons, computers, communications equipment, and a large stockpile of chemicals, after a gunfight with insurgents on a farm in Banias, Tartus, near the Mediterranean Coast.

According to official Syrian government sources, the armed forces seized 79 barrels of Polyethylene Glycol, 67 barrels of Monoethylene Glocol, 25 barrels of Monoethanolamine, 68 barrels of Diethanolamine, and 42 barrels of Triethanolamine at the farm in Banias. The chemicals would, reportedly, have been sufficient to wipe out an entire city, if not the entire country.

al-JafaariThe Syrian government has invited the United Nation chemical weapons investigator Ake Sellstrom and the UN disarmament chief Angela Kane for talks to Damascus on Monday to announce the seizure of the chemical stockpile. The Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja´afari said:

“The Syrian authorities have discovered yesterday, in the city of banias, 281 barrels filled with dangerous, hazardous chemical materials, capable of destroying a whole city, if not the whole country”.

The Syrian UN Ambassador expressed, that Damascus is confident that there will be “constructive negotiations with the Syrian officials in order to reach an agreement, particularly in terms of reference mechanism and time frame”.  

Vitaly ChurkinRussian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin provides Expert Report on Chemical Weapons Use to UN Secretary General Ban Kyi-moon. Khan al-Assal Chemical Weapons Use by Insurgents, Not Syrian Armed Forces. The Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations has delivered a report from a Russian expert commission, which investigated the use of chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal, on 19 March 2013. The expert investigation concludes, that insurgents, not the Syrian Armed Forces had used Sarin gas in the deadly attack.

The Russian experts had taken samples at the site where the chemical weapons were used. Contrary to the purported evidence, derived through third parties, including journalists from the French newspaper Le Monde, which prompted the US Administration to approve of the delivery of weapons to the insurgents, the Russian experts have direct evidence.

The Syrian Arab Army seized more than 200 barrels with chemicals from insurgents at a farm in Banias, Tartus.

The Syrian Arab Army seized more than 200 barrels with chemicals from insurgents at a farm in Banias, Tartus.

Russia´s UN Ambassador, Vitaly Churkin said:

“I have just passed the analysis of the samples taken at the site of the chemical attack to the UN Secretary General. It was determined, that on 19 March the rebels fired an unguided missile Bahir-3 at the town Khan al-Assal, which has been under government control. The results of the analysis clearly show that the shell used in Khan al-Assal was not factory-made and that it contained sarin”. 

Vitaly Churkin added, that the content of the shell did not contain chemical stabilizers in the toxic substance and that it therefore was no standard issue chemical weapon. Churkin also underlined, that the RDX explosive that detonated the chemical weapon, which is an explosive commonly used for industrial and military applications, also is inconsistent with   claims that the attack had been carried out by the Syrian Armed Forces. Churkin also added, that the manufacturing of the Bashir-3 chemical laden warheads had begun in February, and that it is the work of the Bashair al-Nasr brigade, which has close ties to the Free Syrian Army.

JaberDiscovery of Chemical Stockpile followed Intelligence Reports about Insurgents Preparations for Military Campaign in August – September and Renewed Political Campaign of “Opposition”. 

The discovery of the chemicals stockpile, which according to official Syrian sources were sufficient to wipe out en entire city, if not the entire country, followed a recent intelligence report that states, that the current, relative military calm was due to the insurgents preparation of weapons caches throughout Syria, in preparation of a renewed military campaign in August – September 2013.

The Palestinian intelligence source also stated to nsnbc, that the election of the new opposition leader, the Saudi-Arabia backed Jaber, was part of preparations for a concurrent political campaign with renewed demands for a no-fly zone, chemical weapons inspections throughout Syria, the establishment of humanitarian corridors and other political pressure to support the renewed military onslaught.

The information by the Palestinian intelligence source was subsequently corroborated, when it became known that high-level intelligence representatives from Saudi-Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, the USA, France and Britain had held a secret meeting at the British Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, to prepare for a renewed campaign against Syria.

Related article:

UN Inspectors accept Syrian Invitation after Russian Pressure and Seizure of Massive Chemical Depot from Opposition

About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and former independent political consultant on conflict, conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. In March 2013 he established nsnbc as a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at

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  1. Fahwad al-Khadoumi says:

    GREAT… You did it again. Only a few weeks ago you wrote that he “rebels” are creating caches all over Syria to prepare for the August and September attacks and chemical weapons scares and noflyzone calls… and a few days later the army finds that cache. Show me someone whose predictions are better – Congrats Lehmann you did it again.

    • Sandy says:

      Absolutely right.
      I never seem him fail and create a panic for nothing..
      What we need now is not only Lavrov saying see WE do real investigations.. We need a REAL investigation into EXACTLY how and from whom did these ratbels get the chemicals, who has the political,military and legal responsibility, and then we need war crmes tribunals – REAL ONES!!

    • Hello Fahwad. Thank you. But is is actually only “days” not weeks ago that I published that information. There is also a link to it from within the article.

    • Afri says:

      All you need to do is use “good sense”
      To have that amount of chemicals “Polyethylene Glycol, 67 barrels of Monoethylene Glocol, 25 barrels of Monoethanolamine, 68 barrels of Diethanolamine, and 42 barrels of Triethanolamine” would be impossible considering most CHEMICALS come from WEST
      and by the way it is not something that you can buy in a markets
      which countries sell these chemicals

      And do educate yourself regarding Russian scientists. they are GREAT EXPERTS

  2. Steven says:

    Good that they found the depot. This could have ended in a disaster that would have been used as excuse for yet another illegal – full scale war. Mass murderers, how much I hate them.

  3. AJ says:

    Dr. Lehmann,

    Your are one of the only news agencies that is reporting non-bias news about Syria. I take my hat off to you sir, you are indeed a great human. You have gained the heart of another person yet again Dr. Much love and respect from China!

    • Dear AJ.
      Thank you for your kind response. I am glad to hear that you appreciate my articles, nsnbc, and the work of our contributors. Information like the information about the discovery of the chemicals is systematically being kept out of mainstream media. I believe human beings are inherently good and do the right thing, if only they have access to truthful information. Again, thank you.

      • AJ says:

        I couldn’t agree with you more Dr. Thankfully we have NSNBC. It truly is one of the ONLY trusted news network left. Once again thank you Dr. Lehmann for your hard work and honesty. Much Love and Respect from China

  4. Chris Henson says:

    Was this pre-existing stock that the rebels had captured, and then lost to recapture, or is someone from outside Syria supplying them with chemical weapons? This report raises more questions than it answers.

    • Not prexisting Syrian Armed Forces stock if that is what you imply. But you are right, the article raises questions and should elicit why the Syrian government, backed by Russia and numerous other members of the international community repeatedly have demanded, and continue demanding an investigation of every single incident in which chemical weapons were involved, by an independent, international expert team with participation of Russian experts. Sadly the UN has become so unreliable that one has to support that demand to avoid it being abused to sanction an illegal war – again.

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