Friday 14th of June 2024

of chemical weapons....

On 22 February this year, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued an opinion from the Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) that found ISIL* responsible for the use of chemical weapons (CW) in the Syrian town of Mari in September 2015.

Despite the fact that it took the OPCW more than 8 years to state a known fact, the conclusion uses cautious language such as “there is reason to believe” that “only ISIL* could have had the intent, motive and capability” to use CW at this location.

The conclusion is based on another OPCW document, the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) report on the Mari incident, dated 24 January 2022.

It is noteworthy that the OPCW inspectors conclude that CW has been used by ISIL* fighters against other “armed groups”, including the US-controlled terrorist organisation Jabhat al-Nusra*. Despite its official recognition by the international community as a terrorist organisation, the report refers to this international terrorist organisation as “armed opposition to ISIL*”. It also states separately that there were no Syrian army forces in the Mari area. In reality, this refers to the presence of chemical weapons in the terrorists’ possession, which they used in their struggle for power.

At the same time, there are known facts of the use of chemical weapons by Jebhat al-Nusra* itself. For example, in 2015, Turkish parliamentarians presented evidence of supplies of precursors for CW (sarin) and CW missiles by militant groups from Turkey.

Details of British and American intelligence assistance to extremists in the creation of CWs are revealed in the book “The Red Line and the Rat Line” by the well-known American journalist Seymour Hersh.  In it, the author refers to the documents of the US military intelligence, according to which the US not only knew about the creation of CW by pro-Turkish militants with the help of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but also actively contributed to it.

This fact played a key role in President Obama’s declaration of readiness to attack Syrian troops if CW were used. The Americans knew that such a scenario had already been prepared by extremists supported by Washington and its allies – Ankara, Riyadh and Qatar. The “White Helmets” and “Belingcat” organisations, created by Britain’s MI6, were to provide the necessary media image to justify the invasion of Syria.

Damascus’ proposal to destroy Syria’s CW stockpiles, with Moscow’s active mediation, was postponed for a while, but did not stop the provocations with its use. Apparently, the initiative took the members of the anti-Assad coalition by surprise and they had no plan B. Against the background of the defeat of the terrorists in Syria, it was too late to create another pretext for a quick invasion of Syria.

The subsequent chemical attacks in Syrian cities were clearly attributed to the Syrian army. Without any investigation, based only on the testimony of the White Helmets and Belingcat, the Americans, British and French launched several massive attacks against the Syrian army in an attempt to prevent the defeat of the terrorists. Just three days after the Syrian Air Force destroyed a militant CW depot in Khan Shaykhun (April 2017), the US Navy struck the Syrian Air Force’s Shayrat airbase with missiles, which played a key role in pushing al-Nusra militants out of northern Idlib province. When the Syrian military forced the militants to retreat from the suburb of Douma in April 2018, the militants staged a chemical attack there, prompting a massive missile attack by US, French and British forces on the advancing Syrian army just six days after the incident. As before, the White Helmets’ testimony about the Syrian army’s use of CW was enough for the West. With the full cooperation of Damascus, OPCW experts inspected the site of the alleged CW use. Subsequently, one of the inspectors appeared at the UN with a refutation of the White Helmets’ conclusion, providing evidence of a staged use of CW. However, his testimony was rejected by the OPCW and he was ostracised and dismissed without any legal basis.

Similar provocations have been carried out in other cities in Syria. All of them have one thing in common – preliminary military successes of the Syrian army against terrorists in a particular area, the absence of any military sense in the use of CW, as well as immediate air strikes by the “friends of Syria” led by the United States, the invasion of foreign troops into the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.

If it took more than eight years to recognise ISIL* responsibility for the use of CW, it took only a few days for the West to accuse and attack government forces. All the CW provocations in Syria are reminiscent of the infamous test tube of white powder demonstrated by US Secretary of State C. Powell at the UN in 2003. With the passage of time this lie, which became the pretext for the invasion of Iraq, has become obvious to everyone. The use of CWs by terrorists supported by the West, Turkey and KSA is also becoming obvious. But we should not expect Washington, London, Paris or Ankara to acknowledge this fact any time soon. This would mean admitting that they have committed crimes against humanity, violated many international conventions and carried out aggressions against sovereign states.

Collective condemnation of the crimes of these countries in the UN, the OPCW and other international and regional organisations should be a defence against such a policy of the West. International cooperation should be established to repel such hybrid attacks on yet another “overly independent” state that, according to Washington, intends to defend its national interests “to the detriment of the interests of the United States”.


*ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusra – terrorist organisations banned in Russia


Bakhtiar URUSOV, political observer, especially for online magazine “New Eastern Outlook


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amusing viruses....

The US is opening a new biological weapons laboratory in Armenia next to the Russian base

Virologist Grigor Grigoryan , former head of the State Food Safety Service of Armenia, at the request of PolitNavigator, commented on the situation with the activities of dual-use facilities operating under the Pentagon program in the territory of the republic and in the post-Soviet space.

PN: Why are they going to build another, 13th, laboratory in Armenia with Pentagon money, since there are already 12 similar facilities in operation in the republic?

G.G: When they say “built”, then, in my opinion, this is a slightly incorrect definition, because they were not built from scratch . All post-Soviet countries, in particular the countries of Transcaucasia and Central Asia, inherited from the Soviet Union a network of anti-plague stations and sanitary-epidemiological stations.

So, laboratories that, after modernization, are involved in programs to reduce biological threats of the US Department of Defense are created on the basis of either anti-plague stations, as is done in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian republics, or on the basis of sanitary-epidemiological stations.

In Armenia, one might say, a peculiar mix has developed, that is, the infrastructure and networks of anti-plague stations are used. And former sanitary epidemiological stations are partially used.

Why are they going to modernize the 13th? On the territory of Armenia, there are only officially 12 facilities – these are units of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which, in American style, are being created in all post-Soviet republics that have joined the program to reduce biological threats of the US Department of Defense, as in Georgia, as in Kazakhstan, as in Ukraine.

I think that this 13th facility is already functioning, it’s just that the Americans decided to officially transfer it to the state’s balance sheet.

After all, how do our American “partners” act? They launch the operation of these facilities long before the announcement that it is open. And only before officially transferring it to the balance of the state, they, so to speak, “cut the ribbon” and announce that such and such a laboratory is now starting to function.

We have information that a number of facilities, the opening of which the Americans announced in 2016, had been operating since 2011-2012, and in 2016 they simply cut the ribbon on camera in the presence of ministers of relevant ministries, in particular health and agriculture.

I think that now they are simply going to officially announce that another unit has joined this network and that something similar will happen with the 13th object.

Personally, I think that for the territory of my country, the number of dual-use objects already exceeds all conceivable and inconceivable limits, and I consider this 13th object in the context of geopolitical changes directed against Russia that are taking place in the region and in which Armenia is assigned a key a negative role, since it is considered Russia’s closest ally in the region.

And the name “laboratory” is more of a sign. It has already been announced that it will be opened in close proximity to the 102nd Russian base in Gyumri. I think that she will be more involved in military intelligence activities and other activities that I cannot say about yet. But I have no doubt that this will be directly related to intelligence activities.

 PN: Is there any information about what the current 12 laboratories in Armenia are doing now? Nikol Pashinyan stated that they are all owned by the republic, but is there access for the CSTO allies or for the local public and experts?

G.G: If you can name me the leadership of at least one post-Soviet country that would not declare that these objects belong to the state, then I will be very happy. All the heads of the former Soviet republics who fell into the trap of the program to reduce biological threats say the same thing. They say that there are no American biological laboratories, that all institutions belong to the state.

And de jure they are right, because all these laboratories and dual-use facilities were created on the basis of former state anti-plague and sanitary epidemiological stations. But officials in all these countries are very modestly silent about the role of the program itself and its emissaries in the activities of these dual-use facilities.

As for information about what laboratories do on the territory of Armenia, in peacetime, as far as available information allows us to judge, they monitor infectious diseases. Although we learn more about the results of this monitoring from foreign publications, from collections that are distributed at conferences organized by the Pentagon DTRA and other international organizations involved in the implementation of the program.

That is, the public is left with such short reports on the epidemiological situation, and even then, not regularly, which also have low analytical value. But for us, as specialists, even such meager information allows us to draw certain conclusions regarding the direction of work.

In particular, these facilities on the territory of Armenia deal with arboviral infections and protozoal infections, such as leishmaniasis, which , judging by the publications, are of particular interest to the Pentagon. There is no point in dwelling in detail on the diseases that they deal with in all post-Soviet republics – plague, tularemia, brucellosis, tuberculosis, meloidosis, anthrax.

These bacterial infections are also of great interest, especially plague and brucellosis, contrary to popular talk about anthrax. The fact is that anthrax is a fairly studied pathogen. Today, according to our information, the main work on this pathogen is carried out in the United States.