Jornalista na Síria diz que ataque foi erro de manipulação

Sugerido por Lidia Zorrilla

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La masacre con armas químicas fue un “error de manipulación” del bando rebelde

La corresponsal de la más importante agencia de noticias de Estados Unidos –Associated Press- que se encuentra reportando desde el barrio de Ghouta, aledaño de Damasco, donde murieron centenares de personas por un ataque con armas químicas, asegura tener declaraciones de primera mano que afirman que hubo un “error de manipulación” de los rebeldes –que ocultaban armas químicas- lo que causó la catástrofe.

La periodista Dave Gavlak- trabajando como free-lance de AP en el frente sirio- afirmó tener múltiples entrevistas con residentes y rebeldes en el barrio Ghouta, donde los involucrados reconocen que hubo “un accidente”, cuando los tubos que tenían los potentes químicos detonaron y se expandieron antes de tener tiempo para hacer nada.

Abu Abdel-Moneim, residente en Ghouta y padre de un rebelde, dijo que su hijo murió junto a otros 12 combatientes en el interior de un túnel, utilizado como almacén de armas recibidas de manos de un yihadista saudí, Abu Ayesha, comandante de un batallón insurgente. El padre describió las armas que custodiaba su hijo: tenían “una estructura de tubo”, y otras eran como “una enorme botella de gas”.

Varios combatientes rebeldes denunciaron que nadie les había dicho qué tipo de armas eran ni cómo usarlas, y aceptaron la existencia de las bombonas, que fueron “mal manipuladas” produciéndose una serie de explosiones.

Arabia Saudí es conocida como la principal fuente de financiación y de entrega de armas a los rebeldes sirios, a través de sus servicios de Inteligencia. Riad tiene un interés particular en la caída del régimen de Assad, por el apoyo que recibe de Irán, enemigo histórico de Arabia Saudí.

El artículo de Dale Gavlak no fue difundido por Asociated Press sino por otra agencia para la que colabora también la periodista, Mint Press News.

Rusia insiste: “Auténtico disparate” acusar al gobierno sirio

El presidente ruso Vladimir Putin insistió este domingo en calificar como un “verdadero disparate” el responsabilizar al gobierno sirio por la muerte de más de 1.200 personas en un ataque químico contra la población civil. El mandatario dijo a la prensa en Vladivostok que quienes “dicen que las fuerzas gubernamentales utilizaron armas de destrucción masiva, si tienen pruebas de ello, que las presenten a los inspectores de la ONU y al Consejo de Seguridad”, remarcó en clara alusión a los Estados Unidos y sus aliados.

Cuando afirman que estas pruebas no pueden ser presentadas a nadie por ser información clasificada, hacen una falta de respeto descarada a sus socios“, les endilgó.

Apuntó también a la incapacidad de Washington para manejar la cuestión por la vía armada. “¿Acaso se resolvió aunque sea un sólo problema en Afganistán, Irak o Libia? Porque allí no hay ni paz ni democracia alguna como supuestamente pretendían: no hay ni una paz civil elemental ni equilibrio”, sentenció.

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Rebels Admit Responsibility for Chemical Weapons Attack

Militants tell AP reporter they mishandled Saudi-supplied chemical weapons, causing accident

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
August 30, 2013

Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta have admitted to Associated Press correspondent Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for last week’s chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.

“From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families….many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack,” writes Gavlak. (back up version here).

Rebels told Gavlak that they were not properly trained on how to handle the chemical weapons or even told what they were. It appears as though the weapons were initially supposed to be given to the Al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra.

“We were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions,” one militant named ‘J’ told Gavlak.

His claims are echoed by another female fighter named ‘K’, who told Gavlak, “They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them. We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”

Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of an opposition rebel, also told Gavlak, “My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” describing them as having a “tube-like structure” while others were like a “huge gas bottle.” The father names the Saudi militant who provided the weapons as Abu Ayesha.

According to Abdel-Moneim, the weapons exploded inside a tunnel, killing 12 rebels.

“More than a dozen rebels interviewed reported that their salaries came from the Saudi government,” writes Gavlak.

If accurate, this story could completely derail the United States’ rush to attack Syria which has been founded on the “undeniable” justification that Assad was behind the chemical weapons attack. Dale Gavlak’s credibility is very impressive. He has been a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press for two decades and has also worked for National Public Radio (NPR) and written articles forBBC News.

The website on which the story originally appeared – Mint Press (which is currently down as a result of huge traffic it is attracting to the article) is a legitimate media organization based in Minnesota. The Minnesota Post did a profile on them last year.

Saudi Arabia’s alleged role in providing rebels, whom they have vehemently backed at every turn, with chemical weapons, is no surprise given the revelations earlier this week that the Saudis threatened Russia with terror attacks at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi unless they abandoned support for the Syrian President.

“I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,” Prince Bandar allegedly told Vladimir Putin, the Telegraph reports.

The Obama administration is set to present its intelligence findings today in an effort prove that Assad’s forces were behind last week’s attack, despite American officials admitting to the New York Times that there is no “smoking gun” that directly links President Assad to the attack.

US intelligence officials also told the Associated Press that the intelligence proving Assad’s culpability is “no slam dunk.”

As we reported earlier this week, intercepted intelligence revealed that the Syrian Defense Ministry was making “panicked” phone calls to Syria’s chemical weapons department demanding answers in the hours after the attack, suggesting that it was not ordered by Assad’s forces.

UPDATE: Associated Press contacted us to confirm that Dale Gavlak is an AP correspondent, but that her story was not published under the banner of the Associated Press. We didn’t claim this was the case, we merely pointed to Gavlak’s credentials to stress that she is a credible source, being not only an AP correspondent, but also having written for PBS, BBC and Salon.com.

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