Archiv: Douma / Duma


30.10.2019 - 04:41 [ The Grayzone / Twitter ]

A second whistleblower from the OPCW has come forward saying the alleged gas attack in Douma, Syria could have been staged by the rebels to trigger US military intervention. Prominent British journalist Jonathan Steele revealed this in an interview on the BBC on October 27, 2019

28.10.2019

23.10.2019 - 18:21 [ Karin Leukefeld / Nachdenkseiten ]

Whistleblower – der OPCW-Bericht zum angeblichen Giftgasangriff in Duma entspricht nicht der Wahrheit

Ein angeblicher Giftgasangriff der syrischen Armee wurde im April 2018 als Begründung für einen massiven Militärschlag der USA, Großbritanniens und Frankreichs herangezogen. Schon unmittelbar nach dem Vorfall gab es erhebliche Zweifel an der „Giftgasthese“. Diese Zweifel wurden jedoch von Medien und Politik unter Verweis auf einen Bericht der OPCW vom Tisch gefegt. Dieser Bericht ist jedoch selbst innerhalb der OPCW höchst umstritten. Karin Leukefeld hatte die Gelegenheit, für die NachDenkSeiten an einem Forum teilzunehmen, auf dem nun ein Whistleblower aus dem Untersuchungsteam der OPCW dem Bericht der Organisation massiv widerspricht.

23.10.2019 - 18:03 [ Wikileaks ]

OPCW Whistleblower Panel on the Douma attack of April 2018

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson took part in the panel to review the testimony and documents from the OPCW whistleblower. He says: “The panel was presented with evidence that casts doubt on the integrity of the OPCW. Although the whistleblower was not ready to step forward and/or present documents to the public, WikiLeaks believes it is now of utmost interest for the public to see everything that was collected by the Fact Finding Mission on Douma and all scientific reports written in relation to the investigation.

We call out to people within the OPCW to leak these documents securely to us via wikileaks.org/#submit” One of the Panel members was Dr José Bustani, the first Director-General of the OPCW, who concluded that: “The convincing evidence of irregular behaviour in the OPCW investigation of the alleged Douma chemical attack confirms doubts and suspicions I already had. I could make no sense of what I was reading in the international press. Even official reports of investigations seemed incoherent at best. The picture is certainly clearer now, although very disturbing”

17.05.2019 - 14:35 [ Jonathan Cook ‏/ Twitter ]

Caitlin Johnstone on how the OPCW withheld information to deceive us about the most likely perpetrators of last year’s deadly chemical attack in Syria (our friends, the jihadists) – and how the media are now assisting them in the continuing the deception

17.05.2019 - 14:20 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Medium.com ]

CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic

We now have confirmation that, for whatever the reason may be, this assessment was hidden from the public by the OPCW.

British journalists Peter Hitchens and Brian Whitaker have both published matching statements from the OPCW on this report. Hitchens has been an outspoken critic of the establishment Syria narrative; Whittaker has been a virulent promulgator of it. The statement begins as a very mundane and obvious assertion that it takes information from numerous sources and then publishes its conclusions, but concludes with an admission that it is “conducting an internal investigation about the unauthorised release of the document in question.” This constitutes an admission that the document is authentic.

17.05.2019 - 14:18 [ Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media ]

Assessment by the engineering sub-team of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission investigating the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018

(13.05.2019) As emphasized above, in a real chemical attack with chlorine or any other irritant gas, most victims would try to escape and non-fatal cases requiring prolonged hospital treatment would far outnumber fatal cases. The images of the victims seen at Location 2 show that they were evidently exposed to an irritant gas but were unable to escape. A careful examination of these images leaves little doubt that the victims were murdered as captives. The staining of the victims’ faces by mucus flowing from their noses and mouths shows in at least some cases the mucus flowed up their faces towards the eyes. This implies that they were hung upside down while exposed to the agent. Bizarrely, the eyes of most victims appear to have been masked so that the eyes were not affected by gas or mucus. In a few victims there are visible strap marks suggesting that the eyes were protected by something like swimming goggles. A possible motive for masking the eyes may have been to make it less obvious that the victims had suffered prolonged exposure to an irritant gas.

We conclude that the staging of the Douma incident entailed mass murder of at least 35 civilians to provide the bodies at Location 2. It follows from this that people dressed as White Helmets and endorsed by the leadership of that organization had a key role in this murder.

16.02.2019 - 12:25 [ Bruce Steedman / Twitter ]

@snarwani BBC Syria Producer says „i can prove without a doubt that the #Douma hospital scene was staged“. His Twitter a/c is now all of a sudden private, but too late for the archived version:

08.07.2018 - 10:25 [ Press TV ]

Watchdog finds no evidence of nerve agents in Syria’s Douma attack

„The results show that no organophosphorus nerve agents or their degradation products were detected in the environmental samples or in the plasma samples taken from alleged casualties. Along with explosive residues, various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from two sites, for which there is full chain of custody,“ read the report.

06.05.2018 - 10:26 [ Heise.de ]

US-Außenministerium hat Zahlungen für die Weißen Helme eingestellt

(4.5.2018) Eine Anfrage von CBS, welche Programme weiter finanziert werden, wurde von Außenministerium nicht beantwortet. Vermutlich wurde die finanzielle Unterstützung der Weißen Helme im Zuge des Beschlusses von US-Präsident Ende März Trump umgesetzt, die für Wiederaufbauhilfe vorgesehenen 200 Millionen USA-Dollar einzufrieren.

06.05.2018 - 10:04 [ New York Times ]

As Trump Seeks Way Out of Syria, New Attack Pulls Him Back In

(8.4.2018) The reported chemical attack on Douma, a suburb of the capital, Damascus, on Saturday seems to have squeezed Mr. Trump between conflicting impulses, and raised the political and military stakes as he charts the United States’ future in Syria.

On one hand, he has emphatically expressed his desire to bring American troops home as soon as possible in line with his “America First” approach. On the other, he has vowed to punish some bad actors, and withdrawing from Syria could open him up to criticism at home and abroad.

23.04.2018 - 12:00 [ Heike Hänsel, Mitglied des Bundestages ]

Salisbury – Zugang zu Fakten dem Parlament ermöglichen

(20.4.2018) „Während im Fall des Anschlags im britischen Salisbury die Spekulationen in den Medien weiter blühen, verweigern die Regierungen von Großbritannien und Deutschland dem Bundestag die notwendige Transparenz. Auch auf mehrfache Anfrage wurde mir der vollständige Bericht der Organisation für das Verbot chemischer Waffen (OVCW) nicht zur Verfügung gestellt“, sagt Heike Hänsel, stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Fraktion DIE LINKE. Hänsel weiter:

„Laut Auswärtigem Amt soll Großbritannien darum gebeten haben, die Vollversion des Berichtes geheim zu halten. Die Bundesregierung hätte aber auch die Möglichkeit, das Papier in der Geheimschutzstelle des Bundestags zu hinterlegen, um die notwendige Transparenz herzustellen und eine öffentliche Verbreitung zugleich zu verhindern. Doch diesen Zugang verwehrt die Bundesregierung bisher.

Es ist mehr als bedenklich, dass das Parlament damit über einen Sachverhalt diskutiert und womöglich entscheidet, über den ihm fundierte Informationen verweigert werden.

21.04.2018 - 15:51 [ Radio Utopie ]

Mit der O.P.C.W. am Glücksrad drehen

Die Weltöffentlichkeit wartet auf eine Erklärung der Organisation für das Verbot chemischer Waffen (O.P.C.W.) zur Mission ihrer Task Force in Douma in Syrien. Weder auf der offiziellen Website noch auf Twitter wird ein Hinweis auf den aktuellen Stand der Dinge vor Ort abgegeben. Das wäre doch das mindeste an Aufwand, die Menschen mit kurzen Sätzen zu informieren und nicht allen grassierenden Spekulationen freien Raum zu überlassen, die zum Teil grossen Schaden anrichten.

20.04.2018 - 17:57 [ theIntercept.com ]

Russia Sows Doubts Over Chemical Attack in Syria, Aided by Pro-Trump Cable Channel

Russia has chalked the delay up to security concerns in Douma, which seems odd, given that foreign journalists were taken on a government-run tour of the town on Monday, when they were able to wander freely along streets close to the site of the reported attack.

When those journalists filed their reports, it became clear why Syrian and Russian officials might have preferred to give limited access to reporters rather than unfettered access to inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

20.04.2018 - 17:51 [ One America News Network / Youtube ]

ONE AMERICA NEWS GETS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO UNDERGROUND MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL IN SYRIA

(19.4.2018) ONE AMERICA’S „PEARSON SHARP“ HAS BEEN ON THE GROUND IN SYRIA FOR THE PAST WEEK…. WHERE HE HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING THE ALLEGED CHEMICAL ATTACK IN DOUMA. HE GOT A CHANCE TO VISIT AN UNDERGROUND MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL IN DOUMA… WHERE HE INTERVIEWED PATIENTS AND DOCTORS ABOUT THE ALLEGED ATTACK.

20.04.2018 - 17:49 [ Heather Nauert, Sprecherin des U.S. Außenministeriums (State Department) / Twitter ]

We have credible information that indicates #Russia officials are working with the #Syria regime to deny and to delay inspectors from gaining access to #Douma, and to pressure witnesses to change their stories.

(19.4.2018)

20.04.2018 - 17:04 [ Times of India ]

Inspectors not allowed into Douma: UK envoy

Karen Pierce said in an interview with The Associated Press that ‘it’s incumbent upon them more than ever to allow the team in, to escort it, to make sure it’s safe, and to make sure it can do its work.’

20.04.2018 - 17:02 [ clicklancashire.com ]

Chemical weapons inspectors await United Nations approval to enter Syrian town of Douma

An official close to the Syrian government said the United Nations security team had been met by protesters demonstrating against the US -led strikes, but did not mention any shooting.

20.04.2018 - 11:21 [ Radio Utopie ]

O.P.C.W.-Sabotage in Douma: Übles Doppelspiel auch vom Kreml

Die Untersuchung der „Organisation für das Verbot von Chemiewaffen“ (O.P.C.W.) bezüglich dem angeblichen Chemiewaffen-Einsatz in Douma (Duma) in der Region Ghouta wird von allen Kriegsparteien sabotiert. In perfider Taktik der von uns bereits vielfach umschriebenen großen Koalition des Krieges und eines imperialen Komplexes mit ihrem Doppelagenten Wladimir Putin als Zaren über die Russische Föderation, spielen sich dabei die Involvierten gegenseitig die Bälle zu, verzögern eine Aufklärung der Affäre, mobilisieren ihre Propaganda-Einheiten und Fusstruppen und heucheln bis zum Erbrechen.

Strategisches Ziel ist dabei weder irgendein Sinn oder Sieg in irgendeinem Konflikt oder gar im siebzehnjährigen weltweiten Terrorkrieg („global war on terror“), sondern dessen Kontinuität.

Eine Analyse.

20.04.2018 - 08:18 [ Organisaton für das Verbot von Chemiewaffen ]

Media Alert: Update on the Deployment of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to Douma, Syria

(18.4.2018) On 16 April, we received confirmation from the National Authority of the Syrian Arab Republic that, under agreements reached to allow the evacuation of the population in Ghouta, the Syrian military were unable to enter Douma. The security for the sites where the FFM plans to deploy was under the control of the Russian Military Police. The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) has made the necessary arrangements with the Syrian authorities to escort the team to a certain point and then for the escort to be taken over by the Russian Military Police. However, the UNDSS preferred to first conduct a reconnaissance visit to the sites, which took place yesterday. FFM team members did not participate in this visit.

On arrival at Site 1, a large crowd gathered and the advice provided by the UNDSS was that the reconnaissance team should withdraw. At Site 2, the team came under small arms fire and an explosive was detonated. The reconnaissance team returned to Damascus.

20.04.2018 - 08:10 [ Washington Post ]

UK envoy: Russia and Syria must let inspectors visit Douma

Britain’s U.N. ambassador said Thursday the Russians and Syrians must uphold the promises they made to let chemical weapons inspectors visit the site of a suspected poisonous gas attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma — and “it should happen expeditiously.”

20.04.2018 - 08:03 [ ORF.at ]

USA: Syrien und Russland verwischen Spuren von Angriff

Die USA werfen Syrien und Russland vor, die Untersuchung des mutmaßlichen Giftgasangriffs auf die ehemalige Rebellenbastion Duma zu behindern. Beide Länder versuchten, das vermutete Angriffsziel zu „reinigen“ und so belastende Beweise für den Einsatz von Chemiewaffen verschwinden zu lassen, erklärte das Außenministerium in Washingtongestern.

19.04.2018 - 19:26 [ Jason Ditz / antkrieg.com ]

UN-Sicherheitsteam verzögert die Einreise der Inspektoren nach Douma aus „Sicherheitsgründen“

Das UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS – UNO-Sicherheitsabteilung) verhindert weiterhin, dass Chemikalieninspektoren zur Untersuchung nach Douma einreisen, indem es Sicherheitsbedenken anführt. Es hat keinen Zeitplan angeboten, wann die Inspektoren der Organisation für das Verbot chemischer Waffen (OPCW) einreisen dürfen.

19.04.2018 - 17:16 [ Sputnik / Youtube ]

So drehten Weißhelme ihr C-Waffen-Video: Elfjähriges „Opfer“ packt aus

Knapp zwei Wochen nach der offenbar inszenierten C-Waffen-Attacke in Duma bei Damaskus haben russische Journalisten eines der Kinder entdeckt, die die Weißhelme in ihrem Belastungs-Video gegen die syrische Armee für Opfer ausgegeben hatten. Der elfjährige Hassan Diab erzählt nun, wie das Video gedreht und er selbst ungewollt zum Schauspieler wurde.

19.04.2018 - 17:13 [ Sputnik ]

„C-Waffen-Angriff“: Russland will dem UN-Sicherheitsrat angebliches Opfer zeigen

Moskau hat laut dem russischen UN-Botschafter Wassili Nebensja vor, dem Weltsicherheitsrat ein Sujet über den Jungen Hassan Diab aus dem syrischen Duma, der in einem Video von den „Weißhelmen“ als ein „Opfer des Chemieangriffs“ vorgestellt worden ist, vorzuführen.

19.04.2018 - 09:03 [ rferl.org ]

UN Says Negotiating With Syria, Russia On Visit To Syria Site

A team from the United Nations is discussing security arrangements with Syrian and Russian authorities in Syria to allow experts access to the town of Douma to investigate an alleged chemical-weapons attack, UN officials say.

The remarks on April 18 came after the director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Uzumcu, said UN security experts had come under fire in the town when they arrived in an attempt to assess the situation.

19.04.2018 - 09:01 [ New York Times ]

Gunmen Shot at U.N. Team Near Site of Reported Chemical Attack, Official Says

A United Nations security team was fired on in the Syrian town of Douma, raising doubts on Wednesday about when international investigators would be able to visit the site of what was suspected to have been a chemical attack.

Eleven days have passed since rescue and medical workers in Douma reported an attack that left victims choking and foaming at the mouth, killing at least 43 people.

18.04.2018 - 16:03 [ CBS News ]

Syria chemical weapons probe stalled after U.N. team shot at

„Shots were fired yesterday at a U.N. security team doing reconnaissance in Douma,“ a U.N. source told CBS News‘ Pamela Falk on Wednesday. „They were not injured and returned to Damascus.“ The team is working with the OPCW inspectors, who arrived in Damascus over the weekend, to determine when it will be safe to carry out the first inspection visit.

Syrian media said the chemical weapons inspectors had entered Douma on Tuesday, but a Syrian diplomat said later that only the U.N. security team had visited.

18.04.2018 - 15:54 [ ORF.at ]

Insider: OPCW-Untersuchung in Syrien verschoben

Das in die Stadt entsandte Sicherheitsteam der Vereinten Nationen habe Schusswechsel in der ehemaligen Rebellenhochburg gemeldet, sagten mit dem Vorgang Vertraute.

Daraufhin hätten die Chemiewaffenexperten der OPCW ihren Einsatz in Duma verschoben.

18.04.2018 - 15:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

Syrian medics ’subjected to extreme intimidation‘ after Douma attack

“There has been a very heavy security presence on the ground ever since the attack and they have been targeting doctors and medics in a very straightforward way,” said Tayara, a Birmingham-based physician, now in Turkey where he is supervising the departure from Syria of some of the Douma medics. “Any medic who tried to leave Douma was searched so vigorously, especially for samples. At one medical point, seven casualties were taken away. The Russian military police were heavily involved. They were directing things.

17.04.2018 - 16:33 [ Dominik Peters / Spiegel.de ]

Nächste Schlacht im Syrienkrieg: Assad zielt ins Herz der Revolution

Schätzungen zufolge kamen bislang 500.000 Menschen ums Leben, Millionen wurden innerhalb Syriens vertrieben oder sind geflüchtet. Zu ihnen gehören auch die – mehrheitlich islamistischen – Milizionäre aus Ost-Ghuta, der einstigen Rebellenhochburg vor den Toren der Hauptstadt. Viele von ihnen befinden sich nun in der Provinz Idlib, der syrischen Westprovinz an der Grenze zur Türkei.

17.04.2018 - 16:17 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Syrien-Konflikt: OPCW-Team erreicht offenbar Duma

Die Experten der Organisation für das Verbot Chemischer Waffen (OPCW) sind offenbar in der Stadt Duma eingetroffen. Das meldet die staatliche syrische Nachrichtenagentur Sana. Dabei war der Termin eigentlich für Mittwoch angesetzt.

17.04.2018 - 07:43 [ Robert Fisk / The Independent ]

The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack

War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.

13.04.2018 - 18:49 [ Rubikon ]

Kriegerische Manipulation: Ein manipuliertes Foto entlarvt die Giftgas-Inszenierung von Duma

Die angebliche Giftgasattacke (1) im syrischen Duma (Ghouta) bei Damaskus ist eine False-Flag-Aktion der Propagandaorganisation Weißhelme. Das machte zuletzt auch der führende deutsche Syrienexperte Professor Dr. Günter Meyer von der Universität Mainz in einem Interview im ARD-Mittagsmagazin (2) klar deutlich. Nun sind Bilder der Jaish-Al-Islam-Terroristen (3) aufgetaucht, welche die Fälschung unfreiwillig belegen.

13.04.2018 - 07:29 [ Sonia Mota / Twitter ]

„#US said it had proof of #WMDs, 1mn people died.“ – #Bolivia envoy at #UNSC meeting on #Syria strike. 04 07 2017 Bolivian Ambassador to #UN Llorenti addresses UNSC on US illegal attack on Syria. #Douma #Ghouta #Iraq

12.04.2018 - 18:39 [ Deutsche Kommunistische Partei ]

DKP: Stoppt die imperialistische Kriegsführung gegen Syrien!

Grade erst hat sich die mit allergrößtem medialen und diplomatischem Aufwand produzierte Kampagne rund um einen angeblichen „Giftgas-Anschlag“ gegen einen ehemaligen russischen Doppelagenten in das aufzulösen begonnen, was sie von Beginn an war – nämlich eine von der britischen Regierung und ihren Geheimdiensten lancierte üble Variante der psychologischen Kriegsführung gegen Russland. Doch schon legen die USA und die mit ihr verbündeten NATO-Staaten eine noch üblere und gefährlichere Fortsetzungsgeschichte auf.

Die Story von „Assads Giftgasangriff auf unschuldige Kinder und Zivilisten“ in dem letzten von islamistischen Terrorgruppen besetzten Viertel der nahe bei Damaskus liegenden Stadt Duma, soll nun als Rechtfertigung für einen unmittelbar bevorstehenden „harten Militärschlag“ gegen Syrien dienen.

12.04.2018 - 06:46 [ Charles Shoebridge, former army officer, Scotland Yard detective and counter terrorism intelligence officer / Twitter ]

Update: BBC journalist who admitted (see above) that #Syria rebels & activists manipulate photos of dead children has now protected his account, meaning only followers (including Syria rebel backing activists) can see his tweets. A screenshot of the now hidden new tweet is here:

11.04.2018 - 19:15 [ Syrian Arab News Agency ]

Al-Jaafari: Western threats to attack Syria will not dissuade it from confronting any aggression regardless of its source

New York, SANA – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that the threats by Western states to launch an aggression on Syria and their maneuvers, misdirection, lies, and terrorism will not dissuade Syria from preserving its sovereignty and territorial integrity and from confronting any aggression regardless of its source, adding that Syria will not allow any of the permanent or non-permanent member states to do in Syria what they have done in Iraq or Libya.

Speaking during a session of the Security Council on the situation in Syria on Tuesday, al-Jaafari said “The US representative said that there is a single monster today which stands in the face of the whole world, and it is a monster which has armed and financed terrorists for more than seven years in Syria, and I say that this monster is the US, Britain, and France who sponsored terrorism in Syria and before it in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.”