Monday, September 16, 2013


Steve Lefemine
September 16, 2013 
US Military Intelligence classified document confirms sarin nerve agent   confiscated in May 2013 from members of the (al-Qaeda affiliated) Jabhat al-Nusra Front

[ "S.L." - emphasis added ]:
in a classified document just obtained by WND, the U.S. military confirms that sarin was confiscated earlier this year from members of the [ "S.L." - al-Qaeda affiliated ] Jabhat al-Nusra Front, the most influential of the rebel Islamists fighting in Syria."

"The document says sarin from al-Qaida in Iraq made its way into Turkey and that while some was seized, more could have been used in an attack last March on civilians and Syrian military soldiers in Aleppo."
"The document, classified Secret/Noforn ­ “Not for foreign distribution” ­ came from
the U.S. intelligence community’s National Ground Intelligence Center
, or NGIC,

and was made available to WND Tuesday."

"It revealed that AQI [ "S.L." - al-Qaeda Iraq ] had produced a “bench-scale” form of sarin in Iraq and then transferred it to Turkey."

"The May 2013 seizure occurred when Turkish security forces discovered a two-kilogram cylinder with sarin gas while searching homes of Syrian militants from the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra Front following their initial detention."
"The sarin gas was found in the homes of suspected Syrian Islamic radicals
detained in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia."

"This seizure followed a chemical weapons attack in March on the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo, Syria. In that attack, some 26 people and Syrian government forces were killed by what was determined to be sarin gas, delivered by a rocket attack."

"The report of the U.S. intelligence community’s NGIC reinforces a preliminary U.N. investigation of the attack in Aleppo which said the evidence pointed to Syrian rebels."

"It also appears to bolster allegations in a 100-page report on an investigation turned over to the U.N. by Russia. The report concluded the Syrian rebels ­ not the Syrian government ­ had used the nerve agent sarin in the March chemical weapons attack in Aleppo."


"The NGIC depiction of the variety of sarin as “bench-scale” reinforces an analysis by terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky, who said the recent findings on the chemical weapons attack of Aug. 21 on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, was “indeed a self-inflicted attack” by the Syrian opposition to provoke U.S. and military intervention in Syria."
"Bodansky, a former director of the U.S. Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, said a preliminary analysis of the sarin showed that it was of a “kitchen” variety and not military grade."    
"Now, a
former analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, Ray McGovern, similarly backs the claim that the Syrian rebels perpetrated the poison gas attack on Aug. 21"
"McGovern was one of a number of veteran intelligence professionals who recently signed a letter to Obama saying that Damascus wasn’t behind the Aug. 21 chemical attack."
"As WND recently reported, former U.S. intelligence analysts claim current intelligence analysts have told them Assad was not responsible for the Aug. 21 poison gas attack, saying there was a growing body of evidence” that reveals the incident was a pre-planned provocation by the Syrian opposition."
"The analysts, in an open letter to Obama, referred to a meeting a week before the Aug. 21 incident in which opposition military commanders ordered preparations for an “imminent escalation” due to a “war-changing development” that would be followed by the U.S.-led bombing of Syria. They said the growing body of evidence came mostly from sources affiliated with the Syrian opposition and
its supporters."

"Those reports, they said, revealed that
canisters containing chemical agents were brought into a suburb of Damascus, where they were then opened."

" “Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and Qatari, Turkish and U.S. intelligence officials took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, now used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army and their foreign sponsors,” the analysts said."
U.S. military confirms rebels had sarin
Classified document shows deadly weapon found in home of arrested Islamists
September 2013

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