|Damascus knew about U.S.-orchestrated chemical attack: Syrian envoy||
TEHRAN - Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Adnan Hassan Mahmoud says that his government was informed about the United States’ prior plan to orchestrate a chemical attack in the country in order to find a pretext to wage a war against the Syrian government.
In an interview with the Iranian state TV on Thursday, Mahmoud recalled that in 2012, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) released a report regarding the potential use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, making it clear for Damascus that “they will implement such an attack in Syria through their mercenaries in order to pressure the Syrian government.”
“The United States and its proxies in the region are repeating their old scenario of using chemical weapons in Syria as they did in Iraq,” he said in an indirect reference to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction.
Commenting on allegations by certain Western governments that Syria has used chemical weapons in Reef Damascus, he said, “What logic is there for Syrian government to commit this (crime) while the Syrian army has made significant advances (against opposition forces over the past months) and attacked on the positions of the terrorists in Reef.”
He further pointed to the satellite images proving the existence of chemical weapons in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, which was used as the platform for launching the recent attack, and said that Syrian forces have suffered damages during the operation to discover the weapons.”
Referring to President Beshar al-Assad’s recent remarks on the growing mood of the resistance in Syria, Mahmoud said the allegation of using “chemical weapons are just a pretext and they (enemies) will be defeated in their plot like the past.”
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|Last Updated on 30 August 2013 16:30|