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Published On: Fri, Nov 8th, 2013

Syria Demands Turkey´s Cooperation in Terrorist Indictments for WMDs

Syria Demands Turkey´s full Cooperation in the Indictment of Terrorists, related to their acquisition and use of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , – The government of Syria demanded the full cooperation of Turkey, in the indictment of terrorists for their attempt to acquire, and their possible involvement in the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

The Syrian government styled a letter to the UN Security Council´s counterterrorism committees in New York, stressing the gravity of terrorist´s acquisition of weapons of mass destruction, including chemicals and chemical weapons which may have been used by the terrorists in Syria. 

Suspects in the Adana Sarin Trial were acquitted, reportedly after pressure from Turkey´s government. Photo: Aydinlik Daily

Suspects in the Adana Sarin Trial were acquitted, reportedly after pressure from Turkey´s government. Photo: Aydinlik Daily

In its letter to the Security Council´s counterterrorism committees, the Syrian government demanded that Turkey releases the information which has been unveiled by a Turkish court´s indictment of a terrorist group comprising Syrian and Turkish members, who sought to obtain chemical weapons. 

The letter clarified, that the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group has sought to obtain materials used in the manufacturing of the deadly, internationally banned chemical nerve agent Sarin, before transferring them to Syria. The Syrian government warned of the possibility that other terrorist groups might lay hands on chemical weapons, stressing that this poses a threat to Syria, the region and the world.

Matching the Adana Chemicals with the Toxic Gas used in the Khan al-Assal District of Aleppo. 

The Syrian government demanded, that the concerned counter terrorism committees in the Security Council work to match the chemicals mentioned in the indictment in Adana, with the chemicals which were used in the chemical weapons attack in the Khan al-Assal district, in the countryside of  Aleppo, Syria, on 5 March 2013.

The Syrian government requested, that the committees inquire as to the reason behind the Turkish authorities releasing some defendants before arresting them again, and to investigate whether this was done with the intention to obcure evidence in the case or evidence pertaining to other, past or planned acts of terrorism.

Earlier this month the Turkish court acquitted the main accused, Haytam Qassap. The acquittal of Qassap and his co-defendants prompted sharp criticism from parts of Turkey´s opposition, which accused the government of Turkey´s Prime Minister, R. Tayyip Erdogan, for having pressured both the police authorities and the court to secure the acquittals.

Demanding Turkey´s Cooperation.

In its letter, the Syrian government also demanded that the Security Council´s counterterrorism committees oblige the Turkish government to cooperate with the investigation into this case and other terrorist activities. The Syrian government also requested that a deeper and more thorough investigation be conducted into the issue, with the participation of the countries neighboring Turkey and some European states.

The Syrian government stressed the necessity that the Turkish authorities ask the Turkish companies that sold the toxic chemicals to the suspects with regards to the names and locations of the persons or bodies who purchased, or sought to purchase the chemical materials.

The Syrian government stressed, that reliable sources have indicated, that the Turkish public prosecutor´s indictment of the terrorist group was predicated on compelling evidence related to them having procured WMDs in Turkey ahead of transferring them into Syria.

The evidence of the Turkish prosecutor is based on investigations and testimonies, confirming that the suspects are responsible for the crimes attributed to them, not to mention the affiliation of some of them to al-Qaeda and establishing contacts with its leaders, with intent to procure and transfer chemicals into Syria for handing them to the terrorist groups there.

In its letter, the Syrian government held those countries who are backing the anti-Syrian terrorist activities in the region and the world fully responsible for the past and possible future terrorist attacks inspired by that support.

Syria has a Strong Case.

Former Lebanese P.M. and Multi Billionaire

Former Lebanese P.M. and Multi Billionaire

Syria has a strong case with regards to evidence that is backing up its demands that Turkey should fully cooperate in an investigation, and the demand that the Security Council´s counterterrorism committees should lead an appropriate investigation.

Besides that fact that both parts of Turkey´s opposition as well as sources within Turkey´s police corroborate that there has been put inappropriate pressure on the police and the court to secure the acquittals, there is a substantial body of other evidence that indicates an urgent need for an inquiry.

On 1 November, nsnbc international reported that a captured member of the Liwa Asifat al-Shamal or Storm of the North Brigade, Waissi Samo Kanno, admitted on Syrian television, that he had contacted Turkish and Gulf-Arab officials as well as the Lebanese Member of Parliament from the Hariri – led Future Movement, Oqab Saqr, for coordinating and conducting combat operations in Aleppo, and for receiving weapons, including the internationally banned nerve agent Sarin.

BandarIn April 2013, it became known that Turkish special forces and military intelligence had been operating in the area, from which the chemical weapons attack on Khan al-Assal was launched. Turkish soldiers and pilots were reported to be fighting side by side with Al-Qaeda mercenaries in the battle for the Minnegh airfield. The insurgents had been given orders to secure the airfield at any cost. 

In an in depth analysis, published in nsnbc international on 7 October 2013, the author established the direct political as well as command responsibility for the chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, on 21 August 2013, placing the direct responsibility of the Saudi Interior Ministry, as well as top-levels of the White House, Pentagon and CIA.

Syria has a strong case for demanding a thorough investigation. The question is rather, whether the Security Council is geared to live up to its responsibilities or whether the deep systemic problems its is known to have, will prevent the investigation rather than conducting it. Deep systemic problems with the Security Council have led the Non-Aligned Movement to demand immediate and comprehensive reforms of the Security Council.

Ch/L – nsnbc

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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 nsnbc.wordpress@gmail.com

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