Introduction — July 7, 2018
Less than three months have past since the alleged chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma and the official western narrative on the event is falling apart.
Initially, the U.S. and Britain claimed that Syrian government forces had attacked Douma with toxic nerve agents. In response, together with France, they launched a wave of cruise missile strikes on Syria.
Now it transpires that the organisation tasked with investigating the Douma attack, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has found no evidence that nerve agents were used.
At the time Russia accused Britain of staging the attack and the findings of the OPCW lend weight to that claim.
Watchdog finds no evidence of nerve agents in Syria’s Douma attack
Press TV — July 6, 2018
A chemical weapons watchdog says it has found no evidence of nerve gas at the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Friday that its fact-finding mission had instead found traces of a more simple substance, chlorine, possibly used in the area.
The group visited Douma, interviewed witnesses and collected samples roughly a week after the alleged chemical attack in Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on April 7, 2018.
Dozens of civilians were reportedly killed in the attack which the US and its allies were quick to blame on the Syrian government.
Syria and Russia said no chemical attack happened and the incident was staged by a foreign intelligence agency to pressure Damascus in the face of army advances against foreign-backed terrorists.
In its report, the OPCW noted that its designated labs conducted an analysis of the prioritized samples.
Two samples from gas cylinders recovered at the scene tested positive for chlorine, but there was no evidence of nerve agents.