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Tuesday, June 12

Would my government do something like this? Three years ago I would've said no

Russian Defense Ministry warns of new fabricated chemical provocation in Deir Ezzor
June 11, 2018
SANA [Syria's state news agency]

(Moscow) The Russian Defense Ministry has revealed that terrorist organizations have brought canisters containing chlorine to the town of Jafra field in Deir Ezzor province to stage another chemical attack and accuse the Syrian army of it.

The Ministry’s spokesman Major General Igor Konashnikov cited in a press statement ‘confirmed information’ to the effect that terrorist groups, aided and abetted by US special forces, are preparing a new provocation involving toxic agents in Deir Ezzor province.

According to Konashnikov, the planned attack will be filmed and used to justify an aerial shelling by the International Coalition against Syrian governmental targets and terrorist attacks against Syrian army sites in the area.


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The above news has been circulating for days if not weeks. The same thing happened in the runup to the Syrian military's bombing campaign in Douma: the Russians warning of a false-flag operation. 

Are the Russians just being jumpy given the history of accusations against Syria's government regarding chemical weapon attacks? I have no idea. I just know I'm not willing to ignore such a warning again.  

I also know it's an established fact that every time the Syrian military is on the verge of scoring a big victory or has just done so -- darn if an alleged chemical attack occurs, followed by screaming headlines that Syria's regime is responsible. The last two times the headlines have been followed by cruise missiles fired by the Trump regime. 

Is the SAA again on the verge of another big victory? They're on the verge of their Southern Offensive, set to launch this week. If they achieve victory in that battle, the hottest phase of the Syrian war is as much over. Unless Turkey stages a provocation, or the U.S. stages a provocation, or the U.K. or France or Israel or --  
    
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