17 January 2014, 09:56

US experts prove Damascus took no part in August chemical attack

US experts prove Damascus took no part in August chemical attack

The range of the sarin containing missile used in August in Eastern Guta, near Damascus, indicates that this ammunition could not have been fired by the armed forces of Syria.

This is the main conclusion of the new report by prominent American experts - Professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Theodore Postol, and former UN weapons inspector, Richard Lloyd.

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According to the experts, "improvised chemical ammunition" was used in Eastern Guta. In accordance with Postol's and Lloyd's conclusions, the range of the missiles, in which heads containers with sarin were installed, is about 2 kilometers. Thus, if these missiles were fired then by the armed forces of Syria, they would have simply not reached their target.

"An independent evaluation of the range of these chemical munitions by the UN exactly corresponds with our conclusions," the authors of the research entitled "Possible Consequences of the Erroneous US Technical Intelligence Information about the Gas Attack in Damascus on August 21, 2013", write.

As they point out, "this means that these weapons could not be fired in the direction of Eastern Guta from the zone controlled by the government of Syria and indicated in the map with declassified intelligence information released by the White House on August 30, 2013."

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The areas that were under the control of the Syrian troops were located at a distance essentially exceeding 2 kilometers from the regions attacked by fire. "Whatever the reasons of these egregious errors" in the conclusions of the US intelligence agencies, the US administration must explain how they were committed, experts say.

They also categorically deny allegations that only the Syrian army could produce the ammunition containing poisonous substances. Home-made chemical weapons can be created by practically "any person with access to a mechanical workshop with modest capabilities", Postol and Lloyd write.

In addition, the McClatchy publishing group has reported that the sarin bearing missiles found in Eastern Guta were not included in the list of means of delivery of chemical warfare agents available at the disposal of the Bashar al-Assad government and transferred to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Under its control the Syrian arsenal of chemical weapons is being eliminated now.

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