Warning: This site contains images and graphic descriptions of extreme violence and/or its effects. It's not as bad as it could be, but is meant to be shocking. Readers should be 18+ or a mature 17 or so. There is also some foul language occasionally, and potential for general upsetting of comforting conventional wisdom. Please view with discretion.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Report: Red Flags Across the Red Line

138 Alleged Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria
And 159 Question Marks Over Government Blame

March 4, 2017

The infamous Ghouta alleged sarin attack nearly triggered US military strikes in 2013, by virtue of clearly crossing a "red line" set by president Obama exactly one year earlier. He warned everyone how any use of chemical weapons would (be presumed the work of Syria's government and) likely trigger strikes against the government. And so this threat could also serve as an invitation to rebels, if they were capable: create the impression of 'a regime CW attack,' and you might get the kind of military help recently given to Libya's armed rebellion. Whether it was a failed threat or an accepted offer, innocents started dying regularly in random chemical attacks blamed on the regime, beginning in late 2012 and continuing to the present, over four years on.  

This whole time, western powers and anyone bent on regime change in Syria have have proceeded on the notion that “CW=Assad,” almost by definition. This has from the start (mid-late 2012) flown in the face of some evidence, since grown to undeniable proportions, that rebels were behind at least some attacks. In April 2016, a rebel group (Jaish al-Islam) acknowledged some of their chlorine weapons were used to deadly effect in Aleppo. But some evidence suggests the same group was gassing fugitive religious minorities in the Ghouta area three years earlier, and simply blaming the "regime" for all of it.
These and others feature ignored question marks or red flags which have emerged in the course of research into them. Now  138 alleged attacks (using sarin, chlorine, other or unclear) have been collected, placed in context in time and space in a 6-page table. Each entry has basic details (location, date, poison, broken-down death toll) and identified red flags (marked X, and see definition below) with the briefest notes, and links to some explanation for the curious. 

(sample, from the 2013 section - red = gov blamed, green = rebels blamed, brown = contested)
This includes hopefully all of the major alleged chemical attacks in the Syrian conflict, from 2011 through the end of 2016, and many of the minor ones, excluding those attributed to Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh). Those incidents are likely about as reported, and so of less interest here; to include them here would take too much fresh research and settle too little controversy in the bargain.
The more interesting incidents that are included here are primarily blamed on Syrian government forces or allies, but some claims were lodged by Damascus, complaining the foreign-backed “terrorists” had gassed Syrian soldiers repeatedly (27 alleged instances are included here). The prevalence of those red marks indicate these chemical killings might all be committed by “FSA,” “moderate Islamists,” or Jabhat al-Nusra. This is where the information jihad aspect might be seen playing out in the space between competing claims. ISIS has killed 1,000 with poison gas? Assad is believed to have killed more in a day, once. But 7 flags' worth of evidence suggests “moderates” - using gas chambers - did it on his behalf.
The table is too big to show here - download/view the PDF
- 159 red flags
- 138 Alleged Incidents, from Nov. 17, 2012 to Feb. 9, 2017
-- 109 Attributed to Syrian Gov./allies
-- 27 attributed to opposition forces
-- 2 clearly contested (both sides blame each other)

- Total Fatalities (range):
- Civilian: 612-1,910 (Most variation is with 8-21-2013 Ghouta incident)
- Rebels: app. 84
- Gov/allies: app.128-143

Red flags:
Placed in the form of a red X, these are abundant here, representing signs the author has noted (more are likely to be found) that rebels/terrorists might have been behind the incident. These include attacks on Syrian soldiers (red x on green line) and a red x on a pink line means blamed on the government, but perhaps falsely. These may include deliberate chemical execution (as in gas chambers) of people held prisoner by opposition forces, including soldiers and government loyalists, religious enemies, and rival fighters.
This is a somewhat arbitrary system, but it gives an idea of how widespread and consistent such clues are across this time-line of back-and-forth allegations. The tally: the 138 listed incidents yield 154 red flags between them. So, there are more identified causes for concern with the “CW=Assad” notion than there are reported incidents, even including ones blamed on rebels (but again, not including ISIS).
Causes for red flags, largely noted briefly in the notes/links column, include:

• Government or other credible claim of CW use against soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) or allies, or civilians of minority groups (ex: Khan al-Assal, 3-19-2013, Nawa 4-24-2014, Daraya 2-15-2015, Ishtabraq 4-15-2015, etc.)
• Credible hostage claims (ex: 4-29-2013)
• Hostage evidence: claims the victims are IDPs (internally displaced persons - did they flee, or get kidnapped? Ex: 11-17, 11-23-2012, Hama/Idlib 4-11, 4-18, and 5-22-2014), gender segregation, starvation or torture, etc. (ex: Ghouta 8-21-2013, Jobar 8-20-2014)

• Signs of family targeting: (same killed near in time and space, etc. (ex: Sarmin 3-16-2015), related FSA fighters died together or alongside related civilians (ex: 5-27 and 6-23-2013, 5-3 and 10-31-2015, etc.)
Alternate poisons indicated (ex: 3-16-2015, opiates or such indicated, chlorine reported)
• Chlorine victims who just passed out in their homes and breathed too much, or 'sat there and died' - illogical claim (see here)
• Far too many people died or were reported dead for the opposition's story to make sense (Ghouta, 8-21-2013)
•Proven rebel execution of a survivor of the attack (Ghouta, 8-21-2013)
•Suspect timing (incomplete) – when “Assad” decides to gas people during a UNSC session about just that (ex: 4-16-2015), one year to the day after Obama's red line threat/offer, and as UN CW “inspectors” arrived in the area (ex: Ghouta 8-21-2013)
•The attack coincides with, and was likely coordinated with, another attack that merits red flags.

Also note:•Red flags are not proof that the allegation is false, and many of these likely mean nothing. But these problems are probably too frequent and consistent to ignore the broad pattern.
•The lack of a red flag does not mean the story is just as reported. In fact, considering the prevalence of these causes for concern, it's perhaps safer to presume all of these are suspect, and possibly laundered crimes of opposition actors or, in some cases, simply made up. But let's not presume anything and consider the evidence. 


  1. Hi Caustic Logic ,i stumbled on ur blog yesterday ,i have to say u've done a great job ,i don't know how i've never seen it before but then again i'm tired of politics,i'm lebanese so politics and news are a daily habit here.

    I just wanna ask u about the Caesar articles,do u belive the photos were stages?? Coz i don't think thats the case,here in Lebanon we know what the Assad regime can do.

    Are u syrian or an arab?coz u seem to know arambic but i think u are bases in the states.

    Anyway,great job overall.

    1. Hey, you seem legit so I'll respond (off-topic area, but up-front, I get it). I'm a USAan, but can read W.Arabic numbers with ease, and getting to know the alphabet and some words. (others help with real translation). I'm just good with such stuff.

      The photos, actually, kind of staged. That's my theory. The dead people are real, horrible, and many in number. That's true. It's all or largely filmed down the hill from Assad's palace. But lots of clues in Fail Caesar part 6, etc. (it's all over, deserves an organized report I'm trying to do...) says they were mostly prisoners, thousands, badly-treated, exterminated (mostly with chemicals, to be explained in full...), dumped, with "Mukhabarat ID#s" scribbled on.

      Government finds, processes, takes ID photos, and buries the victims. They try to save some found alive (devices seen - feeding and breathing tubes, etc.) They ignore the stupid numbers, some terrorist trick. "Caesar" has agreed to not ignore it, take the pics and "confirm" with his own handwritten cards. Bodies accelerate as he's there, 'til he cuts town with the last photos Aug. 20, 2013. (and odd timing, that)

      I suspect the victims were captives of local rebels/terrorists, likely including or mainly Jaish al-Islam. They may have bought other peoples' surplus. Soldiers, Alawites, Shi'ites, Christians, secular Palestinains, families of soldiers, etc. Starved, bound, tortured sometimes, neglected usually, and then gassed. It's horrible. Crime of the Century, perhaps.

      Syria's demonized government knows what's up, and it's probably about what I see. But they refuse to just explain this, for some reason ... I've asked them about that. (part 10)

      So, I have some bottle-necked reports, and the chemical aspect remains sort of delicate, but the final explanation is long overdue. I've left it there for now but will come back to it soon. (still waiting for some big break first, maybe. Feelers are out for one.)

  2. Mohammed Mostafa al-Beanoni Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka 8/21/2013
    Mohammad Eman Byanouni Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo 8/21/2013 Chemical and toxic gases

    The Baytounji Family

    Incident 5
    Location: Al-Sakhour district, Aleppo city
    Date: November 20, 2016, around 01:00

    1. Hi, Anon. You (and another anon?) are on-topic, but cross-posted I guess, with some of the semi-random links. Thanks for these, which I try to keep up with and check into.

      Here, I guess you're suggesting a possible relation between Byanouni and Baytounji? Nah, just a verbal similarity. The two versions of the one clarify it's got totally different sounds. Vowels can be read quite differently, and some consonants. But not an n for a t, or dropping the j. (no time to show the Arabic letters involved) So this is - at least as typed in - two different names. The linguistic roots and implications could from opposite ends of the Muslim world.

      (Of course I checked the VDC and found, as it seems you did, no mentions of Baytounji anywhere. As noted at the post about them, they seem to appear as unidentified barrel bomb victims, and there were an additional 4 men/blank people in the same pool, no IDs provided to the VDC).


  3. 30 March 2017
    The Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes on early Thursday over Zuwar area in the northern countryside of Hama with missiles carrying poisonous gasses, leading to several suffocation cases amid the civilians in the area.
    Separately, Qasioun correspondent reported that Syrian opposition destroyed a T72 regime tank and a howitzer 23mm. around Buraidej village in the western countryside of Hama, leading to injure more than 10 pro-regime soldiers.
    Moreover, the Syrian opposition forces launched dozens of missiles over the Syrian regime positions in Hama airbase, to suspend the warplanes from taking off.
    Noteworthy that Syrian regime and Russian warplanes escalated the shelling over the villages and towns of Hama countryside, where the Syrian opposition could seize previously over significant swaths of land in the city.

    4 Apr, 2017 A gas attack has reportedly taken place in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib, killing at least 58 people, with various media outlets reporting that a rocket has since hit a hospital treating the victims. A Syrian military source has denied that Damascus was behind the attack.
    The alleged attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun reportedly killed at least 58 people, including 11 children under the age of eight, according to medical workers and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as cited by Reuters.

  4. Mohammed Mostafa al-Beanoni Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka 8/21/2013
    Mohammad Eman Byanouni Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo 8/21/2013 Chemical and toxic gases

    Ali Al-Bayanouni of the MB
    On the other hand, things may not be as settled as they appear. El-Quds el-Arabi [Aug 2] reported that the new GI, Mohammed Riad Shaqfa is backed by a hawkish faction of “war veterans”, centered around his deputy, one Farouq Teifour from Hama.
    Everyone they name in the new leadership is from Hama, interestingly enough,
    since Bayanouni was said to be backed by an Aleppo faction,
    and there was a three-way faultline between Damascus-Aleppo-Hama in the group during the 70s.

    Aug. 21, 2010 Ali Sadreddin el-Bayanouni held the post for 14 years, but has now, or so it seems, gracefully stepped aside.

    I interviewed him in London last year, and he told me he wouldn’t run for a new term since that was not allowed constitutionally, and indeed it seems he stuck to his word.

    From the piece by Ali Al-Bayanouni of the MB, "Some have sought to distort the noble image of our revolution, depicting it as a proxy for foreign interests repeating the propaganda of the decaying regime."
    And then the disgraced PM of Syria goes on to “I am announcing that I am defecting from this regime, which is a murderous and terrorist regime,” “I join the ranks of this dignified revolution.”
    Sounds like the words of both the MB and the PM are coming from the same mouth.
    Aug 7, 2012 7:29:17 AM

    The Syrian National Council has always been a front of the more militant ‐Jihadist wing of the Muslim Brothers [MB].
    Once SNC leaders resolved to seek Western help and recognition,special effort was made
    by the MB leadership to conceal this relationship and pretend that the movement was led by westernized intellectuals as symbolized by SNC leader– the ostensibly secular
    dissident Burhan Ghalioun.


    “We did not want the Syrian administration to take advantage of the fact that
    Islamists are leading the SNC,”Bayanouni said.

    For his part, before becoming SNC leader, Ghalioun openly associated with the most conservative Islamist leaders and intellectuals of the MB and particularly MB’s spiritual leader Sheikh Yussuf al ‐ Qaradawi whom Ghalioun called “my inspiration”

  5. Prem Shankar Jha in another article about the crisis in Syria in the early period of April 2011, states that 
    “the U.S. has been fully aware of the presence of al-Qaeda in the so-called Free Syrian Army since April 20, 2011 when Jihadis captured a truck (or Armoured Personnel Carrier) near Dera’a, and killed all the 18 or 20 soldiers it was carrying not by shooting them but by cutting their throats in the approved Islamic manner.

    Wednesday May 9, 2012, Syrian rebels attempted to attack a convoy consisting of Kofi Annan's UN monitors.

    Starting early spring 2012, the real threat to the indigenous opposition movement
    inside Syria was the ascent of Qatar’s Jihadist Foreign Legion as a key player in the Syrian civil war.
    Buoyed by the success of its intervention in Libya, Doha sees itself as the rising power that will create a new regional posture post ‐Awakening/post‐Intifada’s that will regulate the extent of Turkish and Iranian influence and presence in the Sunni Arab World,as well as ensure the flow of oil and gas to the West
    (particularly since Doha is afraid of an imminent collapse of Saudi Arabia).
    Hence,in fall 2011 Qatar started building a Jihadist Foreign Legion
    to be able to intervene in Sunni contingencies throughout the greater Middle East.

    Qatar’s Chief of Staff Maj.Gen.Hamas Ali al‐Attiya is personally overseeing the military aspects of the program
    The first phase in the building of this Jihadist Foreign Legion was completed
    toward the end of 2011 in Hatay province,southwestern Turkey

  6. The Legion’s main headquarters is located in Antakya,
    in a converted Turkish military garrison.
    The force in Antakya is about 2,500 fighters strong

    Qatar claims responsibility for war against Syria 2 December 2016




    Douma is also where some of the most important rebel fortifications are situated and fighting continues there.

    Lafarge is the world’s leading cement company. NATO entrusted it with the construction of the jihadists’ bunkers in Syria and the reconstruction of the Sunni part of Iraq. In exchange, Lafarge allowed the Alliance to manage its installations in these two countries, notably the factory in Jalabiyeh (at the Turkish border, north of Aleppo).
    For two years, the multinational supplied the materials and equipment for the construction of the gigantic underground fortifications which enabled the jihadists to defy the Syrian Arab Army.

  7. "As the New York Times reported in June of 2012, 'CIA officers are operating secretly in Southern Turkey helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms…by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood.' The use of the Muslim Brotherhood to smuggle arms to the rebels in Syria should come as no surprise considering the fact that it is the Sunni monarchies of the region (Saudi Arabia and Qatar primarily) who have been the most vociferous voices championing regime change in Syria by any means necessary. The relationship between these monarchies and the Muslim Brotherhood is self-evident: they share similar religious convictions and are avowed enemies of all forms of Shiism. Moreover, they have been part and parcel of the system of US hegemony that has kept the entire region under its vice grip for decades.
    11 Oct. 2012 The task force consists of 150 personnel, according to the New York Times, while The Times of London reported on an undisclosed number of British troops. The troops have been in Jordan since participating in joint military maneuvers in the past months. They remained on concerns over Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, Jordanian military sources said, adding that French troops might also be in place.

    A close political and security Western ally, Jordan receives 500 million dollars in US military aid a year, and its intelligence services cooperate closely with those of the US.
    The training began in November at a new American base in the desert in southwestern Jordan, he said. So far, about 100 rebels from Dara have attended four courses, and rebels from Damascus, the Syrian capital, have attended three,he said http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/21/world/la-fg-cia-syria-20130622


    Identical letters dated 19 October 2012 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations
    Was in communication with the leadership of the so-called Free Army and the Ghutah rebels.
    and the Ghutah tansiqiyyat (coordination groups).
    1 Iraqi Ahmad Shahab Ahmad 2 Iraqi Ali Husain Madghan
    3 Iraqi Mujid Hamid Salman 4 Iraqi Mu’taz Sulaiman Talib

  8. Posted March 24th, 2013 The US and British are trying to build up forces around Damascus as well, in order to take the capital.

    They are working hand in glove with Saudis and particularly the Jordanians. Hence the many stories about US training missions in Jordan and cooperation with Jordanian  intelligence.
    Some believe that the US, British and French may be developing a strategy to spearhead a move on Damascus before the Islamic Front and al-Nusra can capture it for themselves.

    Loosing Jobar effectively cut off the insurgents connection to the Jordanian border town of Al-Mafraq, the most important logistical base for the insurgents as well as for Saudi Arabia and the United States in Jordan.

    Al-Mafraq was already used as a major staging ground for the two failed attempts to conquer the city of Homs in June and July 2012. In 2012 al-Mafraq became the staging ground for some 40.000 fighters;

    In June 2013 Alloush withdrew his Liwa-al-Islam troops during a major battle with the Syrian Arab Army without announcing the sudden withdrawal to the Qatar-sponsored First Brigade and the Liwa Jaish al-Muslimeen. Both brigades were literally wiped out by the Syrian Army. Qatar-backed forces have not made a significant recovery in the Syrian theater since the June 2013 defeat, and the primary fighting forces today are Jabhat al-Nusrah and Liwa-al-Islam. Both of them receive weapons from the USA and Saudi Arabia. The development has also weakened the Free Syrian Army (FSA) which in the middle of 2013 had become a minor player in the Syrian theater.

  9. Zaher al Saket former head of the chemical warfare administration ,defected to Jordan before December 23, 2012 ,
    became the head of the Aleppo Military Council :
    At that time the Revolutionary Military Council of Aleppo was the US/UK officially sanctioned command structure in the region headed by FSA Colonel Abdul Jabbar al-Okaidi, described in international press at the time as “a main recipient” of Western aid.

    Atareb Hospital, Aleppo on 26 August 2013 ,napalm bomb on a school in Urm Al-Kubra

    May 23 2013"If the regime is to fire a Scud-B with a chemical warhead filled with sarin, the missile would create a chemical cloud
    in the atmosphere that is 3km long and 500m wide, which could be fatal to all people under it," the chemist said. (Saket)

    Salman al-Sheikh, the director of the Brookings Doha Center, said that mixing different gases is a way for the regime to test
    the "red line" set down by US President Barack Obama, which - if crossed by the use of chemical weapons - could require firm action by the international community. But once the regime found no serious international response, it carried on with the use of chemical arms in different strategic areas, he said.http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/05/2013523155639566436.html

    August 21, 2013 "Sources inside rebel-held districts said an active network of defectors, some of whom had fled the Syrian military's chemical warfare division, were helping to smuggle biological samples from the scenes of the attack to Jordan. At least three more victims suffering mild effects of gassing will be transferred to Jordan in the next few days," the Guardian reported.

    Failaq al-Rahman: As for Failaq al-Rahman, which also refers to the Syrian Islamic Council for religious edicts and political cues, it is strongly associated with the Free Syrian Army brand.151
    Many sources, including Lister and a number of Syrians interviewees, insist that Failaq al-Rahman has been CIA-vetted to allow foreign support from the United States-backed Military Operations Center in Jordan, known as the MOC. Failaq al-Rahman itself denies this https://tcf.org/content/report/into-the-tunnels/

    2 December 2013 The last desperate attempt to break the blockade imposed seven months ago by the Syrian Arab Army in the eastern Ghouta, east of Damascus, is an operation mounted from A to Z by the Saudis, Americans and Israelis.
    The offensive was launched from Jordan Friday, 22 November, by some 5000 Syrian and foreign mercenaries,. Their goal was to retake the strategic town of Oteiba, located 30 kilometers southeast of the capital, which was the headquarters of armed rebels in Damascus province.

    According to various sources of information, the offensive was prepared by a Saudi-Israeli-American common command center, located in Jordan, where mercenaries were trained by instructors from the CIA and funded by Saudis petrodollars. The column crossed into Syria via desert roads helped by satellite photographs.

  10. The decision to launch the chemical weapon on 21 August was most likely based on two considerations. That the use of chemical weapons was already planned. That the Jobar Entrance should be defended at all costs. The final decision, made by Zahran Alloush may in fact have been predetermined together with his U.S. – Saudi liaison officers.
    Launching a chemical weapons attack would allow the USA, UK and France, to call for military strikes against Syria and to turn the tide.

    A 3rth consideration: The Battle of Yarmouk was a major battle between the army of the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim Arab forces of the Rashidun Caliphate. The battle consisted of a series of engagements that lasted for six days in August 636, near the Yarmouk River, along what today are the borders of Syria–Jordan and Syria–Israel, east of the Sea of Galilee. The result of the battle was a complete Muslim victory which ended Byzantine rule in Syria. The Battle of Yarmouk is regarded as one of the most decisive battles in military history,[7][8] and it marked the first great wave of Islamic conquests after the death of the prophet of Islam Muhammad, heralding the rapid advance of Islam into the then Christian Levant. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Yarmouk

    The more than 50 unidentified double burned bodies in a shed near Khamees Ghadafi's Yarmouk headquarters on 21 August 2011 and of course the goverment of Libya was blamed for it

  11. Assad has rejected charges that his government forces used chemical weapons as “preposterous” and “completely politicized,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

    He argues Syrian forces were in the targeted area.


    Brussels, 24 August 2013 - Three hospitals in Syria's Damascus governorate that are supported by the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have reported to MSF that they received approximately 3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms in less than three hours on the morning of Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Of those patients, 355 reportedly died.
    Since 2012, MSF has built a strong and reliable collaboration with medical networks, hospitals and medical points in the Damascus governorate, and has been providing them with drugs, medical equipment and technical support. Due to significant security risks, MSF staff members have not been able to access the facilities.

    Q: How many medical points (field clinics) are there in Zamalka?
    A: Three. They are well-equipped but not ready for such a number [of victims], which led to many deaths because of the inability to help everyone in time.
    Q: What is the numbers of deaths in Zamalka now?
    A: Documenting the number of dead, wasn’t done in Zamalka because many wounded came from outside Zamalka to the medical points. From Zamalka to the rest of the areas that witnessed the chemical shelling, the dead numbers documented until now total 1,312 with a huge number of missing people. Many of them could be dead.

    There are no survivors in Zamalka, and those who remain are infected and can be placed in the category of "nearly dead " . Zamalka's coordination also wrote: "We apologize for not having any picture of Zamalka . All of the media staff is injured or martyred

    Almost all the journalists died from inhalation of the neurotoxins, except Murad Abu Bilal, who was the only Zamalka LCC media member to survive.[166][167] wikipedia

    I went through the Shaam gallery for Damascus countryside, but could not find any photos that were labeled as Zamalka

    The VDC is actually based in Syria, in East Ghouta - Douma, to be particular. They list, I think, zero Douma death - none from, martyred in, or mentioned in the notes

  12. 21 August 2013
    Speaking from Ghouta, activist Khaled Amer said explosions from rockets hitting Zamalka were being heard.

    In Jobar, a Damascus neighbourhood only two miles) from the historic centre of the ancient capital,
    explosions were heard
    at an army fortification and another compound housing tanks,
    apparently from a rebel attack on the facilities.

    Fadi al-Shami of the Tarhrir al-Sham Brigade, which operates in the eastern Ghouta region,
    said scattered fighting was taking place along the Jobar-Zamalka axis and that opposition forces have moved closer to loyalist lines, partly to be in safer positions in case of another chemical attack.

    But despite Syrian officials’ denials about the attack, the U.S., Britain and France have demanded that a team of U.N. experts, who are already in the country to investigate previous alleged attacks, be granted immediate access to investigate the site.

    The proximity of the Damascus HQ to the armed groups, including Al Qaeda aka Nusra Front, has led to their being targeted by the terrorist factions, by regular mortar attacks and ground attacks. The REAL Syria Civil Defence compound is well walled and protected but in 2013 the centre came under heavy attack from mortars and Jaish al Islam-led ground forces, according to the Colonel of the Damascus civil defence.

    The commander went on:
    “The original headquarters were close to Al Abassiyn square in Jobar, an area that has been intensively targeted by the terrorist factions, Jaish al Islam and Nusra Front

  13. mysterious missiles able to hit people with same family name at same time on different places :

    Amal al-Nakshbandi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka 8/21/2013 Chemical and toxic gases
    Amirah al-Nakishbandi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Fawaz al-Naqishbandi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Mohammed Zeyad Uasien al-Naqishbndi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Mohammad Waleed Naqeshbandi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Jobar
    Yahia Naqeshbandi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Jobar
    Ziad Naqeshbandi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Jobar

    The weapon of international terrorism has been managed on behalf of London and Washington by the Muslim World League since 1962.

    It includes both the Muslim Brotherhood (composed of Arabs) and the Order of the Naqshbandis
    (mostly composed of Turko-Mongols and Caucasians).

    Sheikh Ibrahim Hasan al nakshabandi-Mufti Al-Hasakah governorate.

  14. Another oddity surfaced in the days following the attack. The White House subsequently claimed it had "overwhelming evidence"
    of the Syrian government's role in the attack. In fact, senior administration officials revealed, US intelligence claimed to have had evidence of preparations for a missile launch "in the three days prior to the attack."
    This prompted outraged cries from civilians and militants in Syria. As Razan Zaitouneh, a resident of one of the targeted towns, told London's Daily Mail: "It's unbelievable that [the White House] did nothing to warn people [or] to stop the regime before the crime." 

    Field Monitoring Team in Eastern Gota, damascus Suburbs:
    1 – Razan Zaytouneh (The General Coordinator – lawyer).
    2 - Magd Deek.
    3 - Thaer Mohammad.
    4 - Mohamed Alarvani (Photography)

    The caption to this Reuters story is ‘Slaughter: Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed by nerve gas in Damascus’. It doesn’t say where it is or when it was taken. It is one of 24 photos used by the Mail Online to illustrate its story Syria’s darkest hour: Hundreds of children’s bodies piled high after nerve gas attack near Damascus leaves up to 1,300 dead. Not one of the 24 photos shows 100s of children’s corpses piled high.

    Mother Agnes Mariam
    November 25, 2013 Given that her UK speaking tour is still scheduled to last from the November 21-30, we feel compelled to express our profound and principled objections to those who give a platform to a woman condemned by Syrian pro-peace Christians for greasing the skids of the regime's war machine.

    Hussam Ayloush, Chairman, Syrian American Council
    Walid Saffour, Representative of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SOC) in the UK
    Paul Conroy, photojournalist
    Middle East North Africa Solidarity Network-U.S.
    Qusai Zakariya, activist from Moadamiyeh, Syria
    Raed Fares, Head of Kafranabel Media Centre
    Razan Zeitouneh, human rights lawyer

    Washington D.C – Zahran Alloush has been a prime suspect in the abduction of Razan Zeitoune and her colleagues, Samira al-Khalil, Wael Hamadeh, and Nazem Hammadi. On December 9, 2013, in the Damascus suburb of Duma, an unknown group attacked Razan’s office and kidnapped her and her team.
    Saleh claims that there is credible evidence that proves Alloush as being responsible for the disappearance of his wife and colleagues. He demanded from Alloush their immediate release.

    Saleh went on to state that they had received serious threats by the Islamic Army two months before the kidnapping. He claims that they shot bullets in the air right in front of their office to push them to leave Duma. “I will do my best to criminalize them internationally,” Haj Saleh stressed.

    The Army of Islam also plays a crucial intelligence and logistic role. Familiar sources confirm that through its huge information database, it can control all operations in eastern Ghouta. “It has critical information about the armed opposition structure and has conducted detailed studies about its members, on top of its information about the state’s security bodies and the regular army,” said a source.

  15. UN inspectors
    They were also able to interview nine nurses and five doctors, and find that the weather was somewhat unique on August 21st in that the falling temperature in the morning condensed the vapor (gas) coming from the attack and kept it in the area and near the ground. https://www.csis.org/node/26509/expert

    Actual wind at 2am (the most likely time) was blowing towards WSWESE. Hazeh should have had the large majority of casualties. There should have been very few North of the main impact line in South Zamalka. There would have been zero in Jobar, Harasta, and Douma. The wind was completely the wrong direction. --Charles Wood (talk) 23:54, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

    However, the risk of the wind blowing gas back onto you also affected the Germans and French in some of their gas attacks during late 1915.http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-one/the-western-front-in-world-war-one/poison-gas-and-world-war-one/

    UN inspectors

    They interviewed 36 living persons, Ages 7 to 68, 69% male, and 83% of whom reported being exposed after nearby attacks, and 17% of whom were exposed after responding.

    The inspectors did not get to survey and examine the dead.

    The inspectors did not have the kind of access that allowed them to determine the number of dead and wounded, determine whether the attack left persons who were permanently injured, or assess the lethality of the chemical attacks versus reports of artillery shelling of the site with conventional weapons.

    They were in Moadamiya in West Ghouta on August 26th for two hours, and in Ein Tarma and Zamalka in East Ghouta on August 28th –29th for five hours during a temporary cease fire.

    The time necessary to conduct a detailed survey … as well as take samples was very limited. The sites [had] been well travelled by other individuals both before and during the investigation. Fragments and other possible evidence [had] clearly been handled/moved prior to the arrival of the investigation team. [9]

    Noteworthy, the production of sarine agent in a laboratory does not require major efforts; just the components and a five-strong team of chemists. In order to produce 280 grams of sarine, all needed is the correct formula and blending of dimethyl methyl phosphate, phosphorus trichloride, alcohol and sodium fluoride.

    Mar 27, 2013 hexamine
    The chemical hexamine, also known as hexamethylenetetramine, was present in large numbers of the field samples.

  16. Dr. Ahmad AbdulGhani, General Surgeon in Al Gouta Islamic Hospital (field hospital).

    Fadel Abdul Ghani tells Syria Direct’s Alaa Nassar from his residence in Qatar.

    [2] Among NGOs that have asserted large numbers of deaths and detentions without providing checkable evidence of the people concerned or clear methodological justification for the large numbers projected are Syrian Institute for Justice and Accountability, Violations Documentation Center in Syria, and Syrian Network for Human Rights. If information from these organizations is relied on, then it is subject to the criticism already made of Amnesty International in relying on it. (For an introduction to this, see my earlier piece ‘How We Were Misled About Syria: Amnesty International’.)

    . Diab Sobhy al-Shaarawy, Civilian, Adult - Male, Damascus Suburbs, Douma ... 2013-03-12

    96. Palestinian/Jordanian Khalid Sami Dib Member of a terrorist group in Duma led by the terrorist Diyyab al-Sha’rawi;

    involved in setting up barricades where civilians were searched and robbed; robbed commercial establishments; monitored army movements.

  17. 2) 12/29/2012 al-Yarmouk Camp/Damascus: Suqour al-Aqsa Battalion (LI) announces its formation.

    26th November 2012 LI Liberation of Former PFLP/Regime Base
    11/26/2012 Hush al-Fara/Duma/Damascus Countryside: Video of LI fighters and LI spokesman, Islam Alloush, announcing the liberation of a base previously used by PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and regime forces.

    Moahammad Deeb Ghazi Non-Civilian    Adult - Male    Damascus Suburbs Douma 2013-05-16

    Palestinian Popular Committee in al-Yarmouk Camp as well as the other twelve camps (two “unofficial” ) have reported both directly and indirectly to this observer that they posess information that clearly suggests the possibility, indeed probability, of a terrorist use of chemical weapons in the Camp, calling the Palestinian factions to take preemptive steps to prevent that.http://www.countercurrents.org/lamb230813.htm

    Palestinian camp officials, as with various medical groups are growing frustrated with the lack of U.N. activity from chief inspector Ake Sellstrom and his delegation who are spending time in their 5-star hotel lobby and swimming pool which is only a few kilometers from Ghouta Yarmouk and the nearby attack area.

    “They live in Ghouta, but fled to al-Wafideen, and still got hit by explosives. …They fled from their home to a safer area, and this is what happened..,” the doctor says. Me: “Was she injured by mortar or rocket fire?” Doctor: “Rocket fire.” Me: “From where?” Doctor: “From Douma.”

  18. The Gazi's IDP's ?
    The AGPS monitoring and documentation team documented the data of 36 Palestinians, including 18 people from one family (Ghazi) family in the town of Zamalka, 7 in Muadamiyatal-Sham were killed on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 following chemical bombardment that targeted Zamalka and Muadamiyat al-Sham in Damascus
    Mahmoud Mohammed Suleiman Ghazi, Mona Ali Hussein Ghazi , Fatima Mahmoud Mohammed Suleiman Ghazi, Asmaa Mahmoud Mohammed Suleiman Ghazi, Heba Mahmoud Mohammed Suleiman Ghazi, Reem Mahmoud Mohammed Suleiman Ghazi, Aisha Mahmoud Mohammed Suleiman Ghazi, Yusuf Mohamed Suleiman Ghazi,
    Iman Abdul Hafiz Ghazi, Bayan Yousef Mohammed Suleiman Ghazi,
    Hanan Youssef Mohammed Suleiman Ghazi, Mustafa Yusuf Mohamed Suleiman Ghazi,
    Amna Yusuf Mohamed Suleiman Ghazi, Mohamed Saad Ghazi, his wife, and two children, Amina Saad Ghazi,
    Zahir Hassan Abu Zeid, Fatheya Hamad, Yahya Zaher Abu Zeid, Nasreen Ali Musa,
    Iyad Yahya Abu Zeid, Rasha Yehia Abu Zaid, Ihab Yahya Abu Zaid, Rana Yahya Abu Zeid, Samar Zahir Abu Zeid,
    Mohammed Shanbour, and Khaled Shanbour.
    Meanwhile, seven Palestinian refugees died following the chemical bombardment at Muadamiyat al-Sham area in Damascus suburb; they are:"Ahmed Mansour, Manal Mustafa Mansour, the child Hammam Nasser Mansour, the child Omar Nasser Mansour, Mohammed Nasser Al-Sahli, Ahmed al-Sahli, and Deeb Jameela

    no one listed as Mansour . Al-Sahli Shanbour in this list
    listed as Abu Zeid :
    Fatheh Abo Zed Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Enas Ezzat Abo Zaid Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Ezzat Abo Zaid Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Omar Ezzat Abo Zaid Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Mohammad Saad Ghazi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Amenah Saeed Ghazi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Wife of Mohammad Saad Ghazi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Son of Mohammad Saad Ghazi 1 Civilian Child - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Son of Mohammad Saad Ghazi 2 Civilian Child - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka

    Abod Yosef Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Child - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Bayan Yosef Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Child - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Yosef Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Yousef Soliman Gazi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Hanan Yosef Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Mohammad Yosef Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Child - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka

    Mahmoud Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Aysha Mahmoud Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Child - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Asmaa Mahmoud Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Fatima Mahmoud Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Hiba Mahmoud Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Child - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Reem Mahmoud Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Child - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Sulaiman Mahmoud Sulaiman Ghazi Civilian Child - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka

    Ahmad Ghazi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Amara

    Badawia Gazi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Iman Ghazi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Ismael Ghazi Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Muna Ali Husain Ghazi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Sawsan Gamel Ghazi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Sidra Souliman Civilian Child - Female Damascus Suburbs Zamalka
    Maha Ghazi Civilian Adult - Female Damascus Suburbs Kafr Batna

    1. Mustafa Ghazi Civilian Child - Male Damascus Suburbs Kafr Batna

  19. 08/25/2013 NAZARETH, Israel Their mobile phones began to ring with a desperate insistence a day after the attack, as the first calls came from Syria to Jordan to Israel, where a branch of the scattered Waked family resides here.
    Walid Gazi Waked wrote down names, and then more names. When he was done, the extended clan had lost 21 members to a suspected chemical weapons attack on Wednesday in a run-down and religiously conservative town called Zamalka, just a few miles east of the capital of Damascus, in the front lines of the Syrian civil war.
    The tally for the Wakeds was 12 women and girls, and nine men and boys killed, according to the family. Fifteen others were sickened by gas. Five remain in critical condition in Syrian hospitals, they said. Among the dead, the oldest was 68, the youngest was 10 or 11.
    Just how many were killed or injured in the attack in Zamalka and surrounding towns on Wednesday remains unverified, just as who and what was responsible remains unknown.
    Jamal Waked said that because the bodies were quickly shrouded, as religious custom demands, and buried within a few hours, amidst chaos and fear of more attacks, Waked elders in Syria worry that some of the victims could have been comatose, but still alive, when they were put in the ground.
    “Now they will not bury anyone before a doctor examines them, just to make sure,” said Waked,
    Waked family members in Israel said they were told their relatives died from chemical weapons and not conventional arms, as their bodies were intact, but they did not have evidence to support that claim.


Comments welcome. Stay civil and on or near-topic. If you're at all stumped about how to comment, please see this post.