US Secretary of Defense James Mattis: “No Evidence Assad Used Poison Gas on His People”

“I have personally reviewed the intelligence and there is no doubt the Syrian regime is responsible for the decision to attack and for the attack itself.”

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (April 2017)

“We have other reports from the battlefield from people who claim it’s been used. We do not have evidence of it. We are looking for evidence of it ”

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (February 2018)

“While in no way detracting from the horror of what took place against innocent civilians in Syria, it is time for America to stop shooting first and asking questions later.”

Ian Wilkie — International lawyer, U.S. Army veteran and former intelligence community contractor

A man collects samples from the site of the attack in Khan Sheikhun. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on February 2 2018. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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In April 2017, the U.S. launched several dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in response to what it called illegal Syrian use of chemical weapons.

At the time, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he had reviewed all the intelligence and there was no doubt that Syria was responsible for the chemical attack that killed civilians.

“I have personally reviewed the intelligence and there is no doubt the Syrian regime is responsible for the decision to attack and the attack itself.”

Not everyone was convinced. Former DIA Colonel Patrick Lang wrote:

“In the coming days the American people will learn that the [US]Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians.”

MIT professor Theodore A. Postol, several renown journalists (Robert Parry, Hersh Seymour), many former members of the US IC (Including ex-CIA Ray McGovern), former diplomats and even Colonel Wilkerson (Former Chief of staff of General Colin Powell) went public to denounce the official narrative of the Kahn Shaykhun attack.

President Trump’s National Security Council has released a declassified four-page ‘white paper’ detailing the evidence of the alleged sarin attack.

MIT Professor Theodore Postol concluded that the assessment contains absolutely no evidence that this attack was the result of a munition being dropped from an aircraft.

“What I can say for sure herein is that what the country is now being told by the White House cannot be true and the fact that this information has been provided in this format raises the most serious questions about the handling of our national security,” professor Postol wrote.

On July 14 2017, CIA Director Mike Pompeo made the following statement regarding the Khan Shaykhoun chemical attack.

The text of the speech has been posted on the CIA website on July 11 2017 and ‘updated’ on July 14 2017. The version currently posted does not correspond to what Pompeo actually said regarding the Khan Shaykhoun chemical attack. I believe that the differences are intentional and highly significant. Here is what Pompeo actually (verbatim) said [@19:20 mark] :

Back in April one afternoon, I got a call from the president. He wants to talk about some disturbing images that he saw coming in from Syria. I’m sure you saw many of them yourselves, scenes of innocent civilians writhing in agony, the apparent victims of chemical weapon attacks.

The president had a very direct message for me. He wanted to know exactly what had happened and he wants to know quickly.

So, we assembled a crack team —a couple hundred folks at the Agency — to begin to diagnose and understand what had taken place. They began piecing together evidence, working closely  with some outstanding partners from across the Intelligence Community.

The next day the president called the cabinet together. Then he turned to me and asked what we had learned. Several of us shared what we now knew.

I told them that the intelligence community had concluded that chemical weapon had indeed been used in the attack and launched by the Syrian regime.

White House claims on Syria chemical attack ‘obviously false’

Published on Apr 12, 2017 — The US released a declassified intelligence brief accusing Syrian President Assad of ordering and organizing the chemical attack on civilians in the rebel-held town in the Idlib province.

At the same time, the report ‘contains absolutely no evidence’ to prove this, says Theodore Postol, Professor in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and leading CW expert.

REFERENCES

Now Mattis Admits There Was No Evidence Assad Used Poison Gas on His People — Newsweek

US has no evidence of Syrian use of sarin gas, Mattis says — AP

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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis: “No Evidence Assad Used Poison Gas on His People”

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