East Ghouta Terrorists Planning Another CW Attack
by Stephen Lendman
Each time they occur, government forces are wrongfully blamed.
Neocon generals in charge of Trump’s geopolitical agenda may be seeking another pretext to attack Syrian forces, smashing US-supported terrorists in East Ghouta, as a way to slow or halt their advance.
Perhaps it’s also to retaliate against the death of Faylaq al-Rahman chief of staff Abu Ali Ziya al-Shaqour, commander of the terrorist group’s East Ghouta military operations, killed in clashes with Syrian forces.
On Saturday, government forces regained control over territory close to Washington’s illegal southeastern Syria at-Tanf military base, another reason perhaps for Trump administration generals wanting to attack them.
On Saturday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said “(w)e received information that militants in Eastern Ghouta are going to stage a chemical attack in Hawsh al-Ash’ari, between the settlements of Mesraba and Beit Sawa.”
“The terrorists of the Tahrir al-Sham group want to sacrifice several women for these purposes and spread false stories. This ‘show’ is expected to take place on March 11.”
Days earlier, Assad said “(t)he issue of the chemical weapons became one of the entries in the Western dictionary of lies. This is simply blackmail, used only as a pretext for airstrikes on the Syrian Armed Forces,” adding:
The US-led “coalition supports the IS, Nusra Front and other similar terrorist groups.”
“Most in Ghouta want to leave terrorists for the cover of the homeland, so the operation against terrorists will continue, while simultaneously the possibility for the civilians to leave for the government-controlled territory will be opened.”
Separately, Russian reconciliation center in Syria spokesman General Vladimir Zolotukhim explained “intensive negotiations (with) leaders of the illegal armed units of the Syrian opposition are underway in order to reach the agreement on the withdrawal of the second group of militants from the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone.”
They’re surrounded by government forces, increasingly advancing on their positions.
They have two options – leave peacefully for elsewhere in Syria or be smashed. An outcome similar to ending conflict earlier in East Aleppo is likely.
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