Russian envoy to UN: Al-Nusra terrorists used chlorine chemicals in Eastern Ghouta

Al-Nusra terrorists used chlorine chemicals in Eastern Ghouta – Russian envoy to UN:

Russia’s envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia has accused militant groups in Eastern Ghouta of using chlorine gas, while stressing that the Syrian government has every right to eradicate the “terrorism hotbed” near its capital.

Nebenzia has defended Syria’s government and the ongoing anti-terrorism operation in Eastern Ghouta, asserting that it has “every right to try and remove the threat to the safety of its citizens.”

“According to information at our disposal, on March 5, Al-Nusra militants used chorine substance in Eastern Ghouta, which injured 30 civilians. All this is done to prepare the grounds for unilateral military actions against sovereign Syria,” Nebenzia stated. “The suburbs of Damascus cannot remain a hotbed of terrorism. And it is being used for continued attempts by terrorists to undermine the cessation of hostilities.”

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Syrian Army Keeps Rolling on Terrorists’ Centers in Eastern Damascus

Syrian Army Keeps Rolling on Terrorists’ Centers in Eastern Damascus:

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued assault on Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists and captured more key points after the third day of a daily ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta ended, field sources said on Friday.

The sources said that the army men carried out a night attack on Al-Nusra in Eastern Ghouta and seized control over a region from Hawsh al-Zariqiyeh to Samsam company.

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Snipers Prevent People from Leaving Eastern Ghouta

Snipers Prevent People from Leaving Eastern Ghouta:

TEHRAN (FNA)- The terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta kept shooting at civilians for the second day in a row to prevent their exit from the embattled town during the daily truce hours.

The terrorist groups have deployed snipers near the corridors that have been specified by the Syrian government for the safe pass of civilians out of the town, shooting at anyone who intends to leave Eastern Ghouta for safer regions.

The humanitarian corridor at al-Wafedin camp was set up to be used by civilians during the five-hour-long daily ceasefire.

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FM Lavrov: US must immediately leave area it controls in southern Syria

US must immediately leave area it controls in southern Syria — Lavrov:

US troops must immediately shut down their zone of control in southern Syria in the area of Al-Tanf, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested when asked what should be done to help the Syrian peace settlement.

Lavrov was referring to an area on Syria’s border with Jordan and Iraq, which the US declared to be under its protection last year. Among other things, it contains the Rukban refugee camp. The facility is apparently used by radical militants, including members of UN-designated terrorist group best known by its former name Al-Nusra Front, to recover and raid other parts of Syria, Lavrov said at the Valdai Club conference on the Middle East in Moscow. The US is turning a blind eye to such abuses of its protection, he added.

“Inside the Al-Tanf zone, which the Americans unilaterally declared under their protection, and inside the refugee camp jihadists are regularly reported to recover strength. On several occasions they conducted raids from there into other territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. This zone must be shut down immediately,” the Russian minister said.

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Russian MoD: Al-Nusra, White Helmets Preparing Provocation With Chemical Weapons

Russian MoD: Al-Nusra, White Helmets Preparing Provocation With Chemical Weapons:

According to the Russian military, al-Nusra Front terrorist group brought more than 20 containers with chlorine to a village in Idlib.

The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation stated that it had received information from a local resident that al-Nusra Front terrorists and White Helmets were preparing to stage a provocation, involving chemical weapons’ use, in Syria’s Idlib province in order to blame Damascus for the attack on civilians.

“On the evening of February 12, the Russian center for reconciliation received a telephone call from the resident a settlement in the Idlib province, informing about a forthcoming provocation, using poisonous chemicals, to air it on a foreign television channel. According to the person, on the afternoon of February 12, the al-Nusra Front militants delivered brought more than 20 bottles of chlorine and personal protective equipment on three cars,” the Russian military stated.

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How Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization

How Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization:

After the terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a rebrand of Jabhat al-Nusra, which is the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate, claimed responsibility for the dramatic downing of a Russian Su-25 fighter jet over Idlib in northwest Syria on Saturday – the first Russian plane downed in Syria since 2015 – a number of analysts have published articles asking the obvious million dollar question: where did al-Qaeda get the portable anti-aircraft missile system used in the attack?

Once such article in Al Monitor speculates on the following: “The three immediate questions that arose from the attack were how the downing was made possible, how the militants acquired the arms and whether there was a bigger-level player behind the attack.”

MANPADS are heat seeking shoulder fired missiles capable of hitting targets flying at anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 feet. Image source: Activist Post

And Al Monitor seems to answer its own question in the following when listing the array of allied groups now operating under the leadership of al-Qaeda (HTS) – among them groups previously “vetted” and approved to receive advanced weaponry by the CIA (specifically the TOW anti-tank missile):

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US State Department admits Al-Nusra affiliate using chemical weapons in Syria

US State Department admits Al-Nusra affiliate using chemical weapons in Syria:

The US Department of State admitted that militants linked to Al-Nusra Front are carrying out terrorist attacks using chemical weapons in Syria. Russia’s defense ministry says it’s the first admission of its kind.

The assertion was made in the latest Syria travel warning issued by the State Department on Wednesday. It also mentions Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL].

“Terrorist and other violent extremist groups including ISIS and Al-Qaeda linked Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham [dominated by Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al-Nusra, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization], operate in Syria,” the travel warning reads.

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