Chemical weapons Syria

Seymour M. Hersh: Turkey and Erdogan planned Sarin attack in Syria

An article by Seymour Hersh in the London Review of Books provides some very interesting information pointing to Turkey as having been the prime mover behind the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta.

The article comes as the case that the Syrian government committed the atrocity is looking increasingly weak and desperate.

Hersh has used his intelligence sources to throw light on the covert (and illegal) supply of weapons to the Syrian rebels and the role of Libya and Turkey. According to Hersh, awareness in intelligence circles that the case against the Syrian government may not have launched the attack in Ghouta was crucial in Obama’s decision to cancel strikes against Syria.

Hersh quotes a former intelligence official who says:

‘We now know it was a covert action planned by Erdoğan’s people to push Obama over the red line. They had to escalate to a gas attack in or near Damascus when the UN inspectors were there. The deal was to do something spectacular. Our senior military officers have been told by the DIA and other intelligence assets that the sarin was supplied through Turkey – that it could only have gotten there with Turkish support. The Turks also provided the training in producing the sarin and handling it.’

The recent YouTube disclosures that highly placed Turkish officials were planning a false-flag attack on their own territory in order to justify direct military intervention in Syria can only add credibility to the allegations in Hersh’s article.

7 replies on “Seymour M. Hersh: Turkey and Erdogan planned Sarin attack in Syria”

The Hersh piece has only a single source – journalistic guidelines usually require two independent sources, since one source could easily mislead by having an agenda.

Hersh also apparently ignores a lot of information that contradicts his thesis – see “Syria Special: There is No Chemical Weapons Conspiracy — Dissecting Hersh’s “Exclusive” on Insurgents Once More”

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