MERRIMAN – JOURNALIST/TACDNEWS – Dale Gavlak, a writer for the Associated press and NPR, received information from Syrian Rebels about a mistaken handling of chemical weapons that was actually behind the mass killing last week in Damascus. The US has taken word from UN weapons inspectors that the gas attack was perpetrated by the Assad regime. The US has warships in the Eastern Mediterranean poised to strike at any minute.
After several interviews with doctors, and civilians in Ghouda, a suburb of Damascus, it is believed that the Syrian rebels acquired saran gas from Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, to use against the Assad regime. This gas was mishandled, leading to mass casualties in the civilian population. The rebels had not been trained properly on how to handle such weapons. It is also believed the weapons were supposed to be delivered to Jabhat al-Nusra, an off shoot of Al Quada, who fight with the rebels.
One of the rebels named “k” told Gavlak, “They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them. We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”
According to Abdel-Moneim, the father to one of the rebels, the weapons exploded in a tunnel killing 12 rebels.
Gavlak also wrote, “More than a dozen rebels interviewed reported that their salaries came from the Saudi government,”
Gavlak is considered a credible journalist in the middle east, writing for NPR and the AP for the past twenty years. .
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