Russia: Terrorists Planning To Stage Chemical Attacks In Idlib
The Russian Ministry of Defence has claimed to have found evidence that terrorists fighting the Syrian army in Idlib province are preparing to fake another chemical weapons attack against civilians so it could be blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, prompting another response from the United States.
Back in April 2018, after an alleged chemical attack targeting the city of Douma in Damascus killed some 70 people, the United States, together with the UK and France, pounded the Syrian capital with 103 missile strikes as a way of punishing President al-Assad.
Exactly one year earlier, President Donald Trump had done the exact same thing in a much smaller scale after a similar controversial chemical attack had taken place.
During both of these examples, it was never proved who was behind the attacks, with all sides blaming one another.
Now, as the Russian-state-owned newspaper Zvezda reported, Moscow has once again warned that terrorists in the province of Idlib are preparing to stage a chemical weapons attack.
In his new book ‘Fear’, Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward described Trump as wanting furiously to assassinate President al-Assad following the 2017 “chemical attack” — although President Trump himself has denied this, labeling Woodward’s book “fiction”.
Nevertheless, Donald Trump has made it clear that he and his country is not happy with how the Syrian army is conducting themselves in Idlib.
“President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!,” President Trump tweeted on September 4.
Washington D.C., further, has said that the Pentagon is ready to respond “swiftly and vigorously” should chemical weapons be used by the al-Assad regime, according to Reuters.
Jim Jeffrey, the US envoy for Syria, has also stated that there is “lots of evidence” that chemical weapons are being prepared by Syrian forces in northwestern Syria.