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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Turkish Whistleblowers Corroborate Seymour Hersh Report of False Flag Sarin Gas Attack in Syria
This is quite the bombshell delivered by two CHP deputies in the Turkish
parliament and reported by Today's Zaman, one of the top dailies in
supports Seymour Hersh's reporting that the notorious sarin gas attack
at Ghouta was a false flag orchestrated by Turkish intelligence in order
to cross President Obama's chemical weapons "red line" and draw the
United States into the Syria war to topple Assad.
so, President Obama deserves credit for "holding the line" against the
attack despite the grumbling and incitement of the Syria hawks at home
it also presents the unsavory picture of an al-Qaeda operative
colluding with ISIL in a war crime that killed 1300 civilians.
find the report credible, taking into full account the fact that the
CHP (the rival left-center Kemalist party) and Today's Zaman (whose editor-in-chief,
Bulent Kenes was recently detained on live TV for insulting Erdogan in a
tweet) are on the outs with Erdogan.
Considering the furious reaction it can be expected to elicit from
Erdogan and the Turkish government, the temerity of CHP and Today's
Zaman in running with this story is a sign of how desperate their
struggle against Erdogan has become. Note that the author is shown only
as "Columnist: Today's Zaman".
I expect the anti-Erodgan forces hope this will be a game changer in terms of U.S.and European support for Erdogan.
will be very interesting to see if and how the media in the U.S. covers
this story. In case it doesn't acquire enough "legs" to make into US
media, here are some choice bits from the Zaman piece:
CHP deputies: Gov’t rejects probe into Turkey’s role in Syrian chemical attack
Two deputies from the main opposition Republican People's
Party (CHP) have claimed that the government is against investigating
Turkey's role in sending toxic sarin gas which was used in an attack on
civilians in Syria in 2013 and in which over 1,300 Syrians were killed.
CHP deputies Eren Erdem and Ali Şeker held a press conference in
İstanbul on Wednesday in which they claimed the investigation into
allegations regarding Turkey's involvement in the procurement of sarin
gas which was used in the chemical attack on a civil population and
delivered to the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
to enable the attack was derailed.
Taking the floor first, Erdem stated that the Adana Chief
Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into allegations that
sarin was sent to Syria from Turkey via several businessmen.
"The MKE [Turkish Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation] is
also an actor that is mentioned in the investigation file. Here is the
indictment. All the details about how sarin was procured in Turkey and
delivered to the terrorists, along with audio recordings, are inside the
file," Erdem said while waving the file.
Erdem also noted that the prosecutor's office conducted detailed
technical surveillance and found that an al-Qaeda militant, Hayyam
Kasap, acquired sarin, adding: "Wiretapped phone conversations reveal
the process of procuring the gas at specific addresses as well as the
process of procuring the rockets that would fire the capsules containing
the toxic gas. However, despite such solid evidence there has been no
arrest in the case. Thirteen individuals were arrested during the first
stage of the investigation but were later released, refuting government
claims that it is fighting terrorism," Erdem noted.
Over 1,300 people were killed in the sarin gas attack in Ghouta and
several other neighborhoods near the Syrian capital of Damascus, with
the West quickly blaming the regime of Bashar al-Assad and Russia
claiming it was a "false flag" operation aimed at making US military
intervention in Syria possible.
The purpose of the attack was allegedly to provoke a US military
operation in Syria which would topple the Assad regime in line with the
political agenda of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his
CHP deputy Şeker spoke after Erdem, pointing out that the government
misled the public on the issue by asserting that sarin was provided by
Russia. The purpose was to create the perception that, according to
Şeker, “Assad killed his people with sarin and that requires a US
military intervention in Syria.”
He also underlined that all of the files and evidence from the
investigation show a war crime was committed within the borders of the
"The investigation clearly indicates that those people who smuggled
the chemicals required to procure sarin faced no difficulties, proving
that Turkish intelligence was aware of their activities. While these
people had to be in prison for their illegal acts, not a single person
is in jail. Former prime ministers and the interior minister should be
held accountable for their negligence in the incident," Şeker further
Erdem also added that he will launch a criminal complaint against
those responsible, including those who issued a verdict of
non-prosecution in the case, those who did not prevent the transfer of
chemicals and those who first ordered the arrest of the suspects who
were later released.