August 9, 2023
From Syria 360

The Cradle News Desk

The US and its allies have often blamed Syria of chemical attacks in the past as part of the effort to topple the Syrian government

Washington has provided chemical weapons to armed groups in western Syria and trained them for use in a possible false flag attack, Syria’s UN representative stated during a Security Council session on 9 August.

“US occupation forces provided terrorists in Al-Tanf with chemical weapons and trained them to use them for an alleged incident of chemical weapons use so that they can accuse Syria of such an act later,” said Deputy Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN, Dr. Al-Hakam Dandi during the session.

“The persistence of the Council to convene monthly meetings on the so-called ‘Syrian chemical file’ in spite that no developments had happened aims at creating opportunities for well-known states to repeat their accusations,” Dandi added.

Dandi added, “Syria condemns any use of chemical weapons anywhere, anytime, and by any party.”

US forces occupying Syria established the Al-Tanf base in 2016, which lies at the intersection of the country’s borders with Jordan and Iraq and is home to more than a hundred US troops.

According to the David Schenker of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), the US has used Al-Tanf as a training base for Syrian armed opposition groups, which “serves as leverage in the long-running negotiations over the country’s future.”

Western nations seeking to overthrow the Syrian government have repeatedly accused the Syrian government of conducting chemical attacks. The allegations began following US President Barack Obama’s 2012 declaration that any Syrian use of chemical weapons would serve as a “red line” and induce the US military to intervene in the conflict.

This incentivized extremist groups and the intelligence agencies supporting them to carry out false flag chemical attacks to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The most prominent was the chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs of Ghouta a year later, in August 2013, which was later shown to be carried out by a Saudi-backed extremist group known as Jaish al-Islam.

Western nations then sought to politicize the UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and use it to produce reports blaming the Syrian government for such attacks. This politicization was most evident in the OPCW investigation of another chemical attack in 2018 in Douma in the Damascus suburbs.

OPCW directors changed the findings of their investigators in the report the organization issued about events in Douma and then sought to silence the investigators who spoke out about the manipulation of the investigation.

Syria’s UN representative Dandi urged that all parties are responsible for correcting the “OPCW track and getting it away from misinformation, politicization, and polarization.”

The warning from Damascus comes as the US has significantly reinforced its illegal occupation of oil fields in northeast Syria and as ISIS has made a resurgence in the same region.