Friday, October 27
Why Russia vetoed a UNSC resolution on renewing Syrian chemical weapons probe
"The previous investigation report, released by the OPCW in June, stated that traces of sarin had been found in soil samples. ... The JIM mission never actually visited the site of the alleged attack, Russia pointed out, saying that the experts relied on evidence collected by the militant groups controlling the area. ... At the time of the April attack, the area of Khan Sheikhoun was under the control of Tahrir al-Sham, better known as the Al-Nusra Front [al Qaeda cutout] terrorist group. Last week, the US State Department admitted that militants linked to Al-Nusra Front are carrying out terrorist attacks using chemical weapons in Syria.
11:08 - 27.10.2017 (updated 11:54)
-- From RT's October 24 report, Russia vetoes UNSC resolution on renewing Syria chemical weapons probe
As to why the State Department should suddenly utter a truth about Syria -- one theory is that by admitting Nusra carries out chemical weapons attacks, the U.S. administration could claim ahead of the latest OPCW-UN report publication (see below) that it never denied Nusra used such weapons.
My theory is that it's useless to attempt to plumb the motive of people who have consistently displayed the characteristics of a sidewinder snake when it comes to Syria.