Syrians: NATO-backed Militants Seen Donning Gas Masks

Reports of Libyan chemical weapons brought in through Turkey, caches discovered in Damascus point to possible false flag.

by Tony Cartalucci

July 27, 2012 – For a Western media so fond of reporting “activist” accounts, rumors, and even fabrications, and with all the talk of an impending “massacre” in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, reports of so-called “Free Syrian Army” militants seen trying on gas masks, along with reports of Libyan chemical weapon caches & equipment being discovered in Damascus is surely headline news.

Images: (Top) FSA fighters, one on the left wearing a “Jihadist” headband, another on the right trying on a military-grade gas mask, were reportedly photographed in Aleppo, Syria. (Bottom) Chemical weapons and equipment from Libya have been reportedly discovered as troops search areas of Damascus after quelling last week’s militant attack.


Many Syrians and outside observers alike, fear that militants may deploy chemical weapons in one or more locations around Syria, creating a mass-casualty event to subsequently be blamed on the government by a coordinated Western media disinformation campaign. The so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) has already been conducting strings of devastating, indiscriminate mass-casualty bombings across the country, as reported by Reuters’, “Outgunned Syria rebels make shift to bombs.”

Libyan weapons, cash, and fighters have also all been confirmed to have made it into Syria in an effort to undermine, divide and destroy Syria.

The London Telegraph reported in its article, “Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels:”

“There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan
fighters to Syria,” said a Libyan source, speaking on condition of
anonymity. “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few
weeks you will see.”

The Telegraph has also learned that preliminary discussions about arms
supplies took place when members of the Syrian National Council [SNC] – the
country’s main opposition movement – visited Libya earlier this month.

 Albawaba reported in its article, “Libyan fighters join “free Syrian army” forces,” that:

Libyan sources conveyed in recent days that 600 rebel fighters have
already gone from Libya to Syria in order to support the Syrian

Albawaba’s report would later be confirmed by multiple Western media representatives now on the ground in Aleppo, Syria, including CNN which reported:

Meanwhile, residents of
the village where the Syrian Falcons were headquartered said there were
fighters of several North African nationalities also serving with the
brigade’s ranks.

A volunteer Libyan
fighter has also told CNN he intends to travel from Turkey to Syria
within days to add a “platoon” of Libyan fighters to armed movement.

 CNN also added:

On Wednesday, CNN’s crew met a Libyan fighter who had crossed into
Syria from Turkey with four other Libyans. The fighter wore full
camouflage and was carrying a Kalashnikov rifle. He said more Libyan
fighters were on the way.

The foreign fighters, some of them are clearly drawn because they
see this as … a jihad. So this is a magnet for jihadists who see this as
a fight for Sunni Muslims.

Clearly Libyan terrorists and their weapons have made it into Syria with the explicit backing of NATO’s recently installed client Libyan regime.  The London Guardian had reported that Libya possessed some “25 metric tonnes of bulk mustard agent and 1,400 metric tonnes of precursor chemical used to make chemical weapons.” The Guardian also reported:

The abandonment or disappearance of some Gaddafi-era weapons has
prompted concerns that such firepower could erode regional security if
it falls into the hands of Islamist militants or rebels active in north

Clearly those “Islamist militants” as well as “rebels active in north Africa” are now on the ground in Syria. These militants bringing pilfered chemical weapons with them is entirely plausible, as is the possibility that these weapons were purposefully placed into their hands by either NATO or Libya’s current ruling regime. This very scenario was warned against last month in an article published by Russia Today titled, “Syrian rebels aim to use chemical weapons, blame Damascus – report.”

Why Isn’t the Western Media Investigating These Claims?

It should be remembered a single “tweet” from BBC’s Ian Pannell in Aleppo claiming “fighter jets have bombed eastern Aleppo,” triggered media hysteria. Pannell would expand on his earlier, unconfirmed, unsubstantiated claim by declaring, “what appeared to be Russian-made MiG planes arced through the sky. We watched as they dropped in, bombing and strafing rebel positions.”

It would later turn out that the planes Pannell observed were not “MiG planes,” where not “Russian-made,” and were not even “bombing” rebel positions. They were trainer planes carrying out reconnaissance and at most, deploying gun-fire on rebel trucks mounted with heavy weapons. 

Image: A sole”tweet” from BBC’s Ian Pannell, now a confirmed fabrication,
immediately made headlines across the Western media.



If one “tweet” is worth 3 news cycles, even when the report was both difficult to believe at face-value, and quickly turned out to be a fabrication – why isn’t the Western media covering pictures and witness accounts of FSA militants apparently preparing to deploy chemical weapons inside and around Syria’s major cities? 


The answer is simple, reporting bombers that don’t exist allowed the White House to claim, “the Syrian government’s assault on the city of Aleppo with tanks and
airplanes illustrates “the depth of depravity” by the
regime of President Bashar Assad.” 


Similarly, by allowing claims of FSA militants preparing to deploy chemical weapons to go unreported, affords the West an opportunity to then blame the mass-casualty event that may follow on the Syrian government, thus providing an attractive opportunity for militarily intervene. That the media and governments of the West have not publicly looked into recent claims that the FSA is contemplating a false flag, weapons of mass destruction attack, makes them complicit should such an attack unfold. It will also make it all but impossible for the US to attempt to blame Libya and “Al Qaeda” alone if their dark deed is carried out, but subsequently exposed.

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