In Desperation Move, Tahrir al-Sham (al Qaeda) Kidnapped Civilians from Khattab Days Before Syrian Strike on Their Base – For What Purpose?

by Scott Creighton

The weekend prior to the Syrian air force attack on their base at Khan Sheikhoun, Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as al Nusra and before that, al Qaeda) captured a large number of Syrians from the neighboring town of Khattab to the south and brought them back to their base where they were being held captive presumably when the attack took place.

The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-‘Izza kidnapped the inhabitants of Khattab in northern Hama before fleeing the village this past weekend, a family member of the kidnapped told Al-Masdar News on Tuesday… “But the jihadists then took them all to Khan Sheikhoun,” he concluded.” AMN

Khan Sheikhoun has been under under control of Tahir al-Sham for a long time.

“… in 2014 fell to Jabhat al-Nusra.[12] Deutsche Welle reported: “Idlib province, where Khan Sheikhun is located, is mostly controlled by the Tahrir al-Sham alliance, which is dominated by the Fateh al-Sham Front, formerly known as the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front.”[13]

Last week there was major fighting between these al-Qaeda terrorists (called “moderates” by the U.S.) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in this area during which the terrorists suffered major losses in terms of personnel, material and ground.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) struck back against the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham on Wednesday, seizing several points in the northern Hama countryside.

Led by their Tiger Forces and 11th Tank Division, the Syrian Arab Army recaptured three crucial points inside the northern countryside of Hama, forcing the jihadist rebels to have to retreat in order to reinforce their positions.” AMN March 30th, 2017

The SAA was driving Tahrir al-Sham out of Hama. They had just pushed them out of Homs in a historic victory and retaken the city. The “moderate” terrorists (al Qaeda) were allowed to leave the city in buses, transported to other terrorist strongholds. Straight up M5 from Homs is Hama of which Khattab is a neighboring village. Straight up from there, is al-Sham’s stronghold where they took their hostages and where the “chemical weapons attack” supposedly took place.

The airfield President Trump targeted with his strike the other night was the one where the SAA’s air force was launching their sorties against the al-Qaeda linked terrorist in the Hama countryside. There are confirmed reports from both MSM outlets here in the states as well as from Ria Novostri that the Syrian air force has launched several air craft from that base since the cruise missile attack so it is still at least partially operational.

The battle for Hama and Khan Sheikhun is still raging. The “moderate” terrorists are at a disadvantage with air power from both the Russians and the Syrians raining down bombs on them relentlessly while Tahrir al-Sham chooses to continue to pick softer targets like civilians in the area.

“From its side, HTS targeted civilians in Fou’a and Kafraya with more than 30 projectiles on April 6. Local forces defending the villages responded with a counter-battery hitting militant positions near Ta’um and Sawwaghiya.

The Russian and Syrian air forces and SAA artillery units continue targeting HTS-led forces in the northern Hama countryside preluding the expected offensive operations in both Ma’ardes and Helfaya. On April 7, government forces will likely make another push to regain some of these areas from HTS militants.” South Front, April 7th

The very terrorists President Trump and the breathless MSM in this country have been screeching about being hit with “chemical weapons” over the past 4 days are currently back to their old tricks… killing civilians in an effort to depopulate the countryside so they can retake it for themselves. And Trump’s airstrike “for the babies” wasn’t about gassed babies at all… it was a desperation move to try to stop the Syrian air force from wiping out the CIA’s “moderate” al Qaeda terrorists.

But how did it start? Why did they take those hostages back to their base at Khan Sheikhun? What did they plan to do with them? And how did they end up being “victims” of a Sarin gas attack?

The terrorists clearly needed assistance. They needed the Syrian and Russian planes taken out of the equation and if they could convince a gullible world via an unquestioning media that Bashar al-Assad, for no apparent reason (he was winning handily in the area and the Trump administration had just said they were not going to force regime change) attacked civilians in this area with a chemical weapon like Sarin gas, then the moral red-line could be used to justify the U.S. military attacking SAA air fields in an act of “humanitarian intervention”

But the problem was, Assad had given up the Sarin long ago. So they needed something to happen with Sarin gas and they needed us to forget who actually still had the chemical weapon in Syria.

“And Western public opinion conveniently forgot that before Barack Obama’s theoretically trespassed red line on chemical weapons, a secret US intelligence report had made it clear that Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria, had mastered the sarin gas-making cycle and was capable of producing it in quantity. Pepe Escobar

al Nusra, al Qaeda…a.k.a. Tahrir al-Sham, had Sarin gas. They had it themselves and in fact, the Russians said before all the reports came out that they targeted that specific location because they knew they had it there.

“The Russian Defense Ministry said on its Facebook page that a Syrian airstrike hit “workshops, which produced chemical warfare munitionsCNN

There is a bit of dishonesty coming from folks who cite Bellingcat when he claims that there is no way the victims of the Sarin gas could possibly have been due to a strike on a storage facility because Sarin is stored in two parts and if it were hit in storage, it wouldn’t really be Sarin gas at that point.

This is totally dishonest mainly because it assumes the materials weren’t already put together for use. There is obviously no reason to assume the Sarin gas had not been prepared especially when one considers the fact that the Syrians and the Russians targeted that facility because they knew it was being used for the manufacture of chemical weapons.

But it also ignores a more sinister possibility: the victims, those Syrian civilians kidnapped from Khattab, had been gassed by al Qaeda terrorists in that bunker before the Syrian airstrike.

Look at these photographs:

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What you are looking at is a bunker outside of town. A site where excavation has taken place and al Qaeda has cut a number of caves in the rock wall to serve as their base. Notice the flat beds. Also notice how in one photo there is a dark van pulled up into the cave and in the other, a flat bed truck has been backed into it. The motorcycle indicates it’s the same cave. Why would they move that flat bed and then bring the van in?

Now look at this photo. It is what has been described as the location of the single “chemical weapon” strike that caused all of this.

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This is clearly not in the same location as the images of all the victims in parking area of that bunker. What’s more, this is supposedly a trained expert collecting evidence of Sarin gas from that one location where it was supposedly used… wearing flip flops and using latex gloves and a stupid surgical mask for protection.

Sarin will pass through latex easily and a surgical mask is no protection from Sarin. Look it up.

The site of the strike on the ground is well away from the bunker. In order to fix the narrative of this glaring issue, they are now claiming the Tahrir Al-Sham was an “underground” hospital. That, they hope, will explain why the bomb hit miles away from where these scenes were filmed.

Keeping in mind the serious problems the CIA’s “moderate” terrorists were facing over the last couple of weeks in Hama and Homs, I would like to posit a theory for your consideration.

Knowing that they were in trouble and doomed to lose this foothold in Syria, Tahrir Al-Sham decided they absolutely had to have direct military support from their sugar daddies in America.

They knew there would be Syrian air force strikes on them in the area in the near future so they took hostages from neighboring Khattab, kept them locked in that cave in the photo, and planned to gas them with Sarin as a Syrian airstrike took place nearby.

They could then transport the bodies via all those flatbed trucks to that location, spray some Sarin around on the ground in the area, and film the whole thing with their assets, the White Helmets who just happened to be there at the ready when the bombs fell.

The Russians see activity at the site via a satellite or a drone and they instruct the Syrians to strike the location.

In this theory, the “moderate” terrorists never intended for their base to be the location of this event but once the attack took place, they saw it as an opportunity, the one they had been waiting for.

The flat bed trucks weren’t needed. They simply dragged the bodies out of the cave and laid them on the ground for dramatic effect.

The children and adult men who were alive were brought it for dramatic effect.

The White Helmets filmed their little show. They got that al Qaeda “doctor” to do his little scene at the “hospital” and the MSM took it from there.

Russian journalists went to the air field where Trump attacked the other night and found no traces of Sarin gas. In fact, remarkably, the MSM is reporting that the Pentagon deliberately avoided hitting the bunkers that supposedly had the Sarin because they were afraid civilians would be hurt. Why would they leave the gas in usable condition if the whole point was to keep Syria from using chemical weapons? It makes no sense.

It also makes no sense because the Pentagon is doing nothing to stop our al Qaeda “moderates” from bombing the civilians in Hama today. Not a damn thing.

The relative evidence of this event as well as the surviving victims were later attacked a second time in the hospital that some of them were transported to. The Pentagon and many war-mongering MSM pundits claim this was the doing of Russia though they say the plane that did it was “unmarked”

Last time I heard about an “unmarked” plane it was attacking the USS Liberty.

Evidence of the event was destroyed. Surviving witnesses, perhaps even kidnapped hostages, were killed. The perpetrator is yet unknown.

It is my belief that our “moderate” al Qaeda terrorists in Khan Sheikhoun, Tahrir al-Sham, knew their hold on that part of Syria was coming to an end if something didn’t happen quickly on the ground to stop the Syria air force from pounding them into dust. They were pushed out of Homs and were quickly being driven out of the Hama countryside. Their stronghold at Khan Sheikhoun was certainly next to fall.

They also knew through their handlers at the CIA and the Pentagon that Trump’s hands were tied and short a “New Pearl Harbor type event” he would never go back on his promise to his voters that he wasn’t in the nation building business.

So they looked back in history, saw the red-line fiasco as a potential game changer and kidnapped a bunch of future Sarin gas victims on their way back to their base.

Folks writing about this event sometimes get caught up in monolithic thinking about whether or not the victims were real or if it was all staged. They neglect to consider the possibility that it doesn’t have to be an either or equation.

Based on what I know right now, it seems Tahrir al-Sham, al Qaeda, manufactured Sarin in their bunker (we know they have had the capacity to do that for years) and used it on those kidnapped victims so they would have a body count killed by Sarin gas that they could then use to help President Trump justify attacking the air field the Syrians were using to pound them out of existence.

Knowing the international community would demand an independent investigation, they bombed the hospital to destroy the evidence. This is not the first time coalition forces have destroyed a hospital to cover up a war crime, now is it?

That is what I believe happened at this point based on the evidence at hand.

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32 Responses

  1. Some of those ‘gas’ victims had been dead awhile, one could tell by their putrid looking skin color, but hey, why let facts or sanity stand in the way of endless War for Wall Street and Israel?

  2. (1) I think in the above narrative you give too much agency to the head choppers. While all the dirty work had to be done on the ground by them, planning, orders and timing came from above. How high? Was to echelon of Trump advisers involved in planning or was the action partially designed against them to give the a chance to allow themselves to be coopted.

    (2) Somebody in Syria should be able to recognize and identify some of the victims. For example the twins and their alleged father.

    (3) As usual Russia and Syrian propaganda machine is useless. Authoritarian regimes are poor at propaganda because they propagandize their subjects not their enemies and try to predict strength of the regime. They do not know how and do not want to evoke pity. So after American attack Russia’s only respond is: Yes, they slapped us in the face but it did not hurt that much: many of your missiles did not reach the target, must have been of inferior quality to supreme Russian technology. Instead of exaggerating damage done by Americans they minimize it. Hitler and Goebbels were forced to make the same error by diminishing destruction of bombing of German cities and killing of German women and children. When Russians are spat in the face they have no choice but pretend that it was raining while Jews will scream pre-emptively anti-semitism at every drop of the rain.

    (4) American love war

    Brian Williams Describes Syrian Missile Strike as ‘Beautiful’ 3 Times In 30 Seconds

    • “As usual the Russian and propaganda machine is useless.” English language blogs like RT and Sputnik could be improved, but let’s remember that the Empire works hard to prevent the truth from reaching average people who read only English. For example the Empire has outlawed Al-Manar from reaching the West. (Al-Manar is a satellite TV station affiliated with Hezbollah broadcasting from Beirut). Consequently we are trapped in a sea of lies that hypnotize most people. You yourself refer to Syria and Russia as “authoritarian regimes” as though the Empire is not authoritarian. Regarding Russia’s response to the missile strike, Scott has suggested that the Russians have redoubled their pounding of the Empire’s “moderate” head choppers. (“The gloves are off.”) The Russians have vetoed the Empire seven consecutive times in the UNSC, and they will continue to do so. It’s hard to know how vigorous the overall Russian response is, since the Empire doesn’t want us to know.

      • Regarding Brian Williams, let’s remember that in February 2015 he was suspended for six months for being caught lying, and he was eventually demoted from the Nightly News. His psychopathic eruptions about “beautiful, beautiful missiles” are an attempt to recover favor with his bosses. No decent person watches Williams. I’m hoping that he eventually goes the way of Peter Jennings, who killed himself with cigarettes.

      • That said, I must agree that RT and Sputnik are pathetic. For instance they both repeat the Empire’s bullshit terms like “ISIS,” “Daesh,” and so on. When Abby Martin was with RT, she made amazingly stupid comments about Syria. Her guests were from the anti-Assad crowd. And when it comes to economics, the writers of RT and Sputnik are ignoramuses.

    • Come on- after all they’ve been through, cut the Assad government some slack. Not fair. It’s almost analogous to saying a rape victim “wanted it”. The important part is that the Baathists don’t stand for chaos and destruction. On the contrary, before the regime change began in spring 2011, life in Syria was considered to be very good for the region. Last but not least, the “quality” of North-American and European Union politics doesn’t speak very highly about liberal democracy.

  3. Lost comment?

  4. The ‘bunker’ could be a quarry in Nevada or a salt mine in Texas or a MOUT facility in Pakistan for all we know.

  5. CNN is complaining that Trump’s missile attacks have had no effect on the Russians, who have increased their bombing of the “moderate” head-choppers at Khan Sheikhoun, site of the alleged “gas attack.” BY THE WAY, what type of event do you think kills the most people especially babies (“BABIES!”)? War? Disease? Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis? No. By far the biggest killer has always been famine, e.g. the famine the U.S. has imposed on Yemen and Somalia. The Empire used famine to killed half a million Iraqi babies (“BABIES!”) without blinking an eye.

    • “Economic sanctions are far more brutal than Sarin gas. That’s why we prefer them. I bragged about our sanctions killing 500,000 children in Iraq on national TV and women applauded me this past summer when I stood next to Hillary. Sanctions kill slow. Kill the poor, the sick, the disabled, the elderly. Burns off the dead flesh before we take over. You ever see a Sarin attack lower the life expectancy rate for an entire nation? Please. Sanctions get our feet in the door, make em too weak to resist… and then we hit em with crippling austerity once we are dug in like ticks. We literally feed off their death by a thousand cuts. Sarin? Sarin is for amateurs and weak men with small ambitions. It’s a parlor trick to mesmerize the cattle.” Madeleine Albright’s super-ego

      • Thank you. Anyone who has played a “first person shooter” video game knows that your kill-count is always lower than you expect. Often much lower. Video games teach us that it is difficult to wipe out entire populations, even when killing is effortless with no risks. However it is easy to wipe out millions by enclosing and starving them, in which case the victims are killed by hunger, by disease and by each other. In this way there is no limit to how many we can exterminate. This is why Israel is mortally terrified of the BDS movement. The parasite will be doomed if it is cut off from the host. BDS is the only thing that will cure apartheid, and the only thing that Israel fears. BDS makes them panic, and therefore must be outlawed worldwide.

        • Correct. Starvation has always been the big killer. If you want to kill a lot of people just cut off their food supply and they’ll die off on their own. No need to waste bullets or bombs.

          That’s why I’m skeptical of any claims of gas chambers when it comes to genocide. Why waste the resources? Just starve them.

        • Depends on the reason you want the people dead. If you need a large number dead quickly…. then use gas. even death slave camps can get over crowded ….. starving is so slow….

          • “Even death camps can get overcrowded.”
            Overcrowding makes a death camp quicker and more efficient. If you deny food and water to your victims, you will kill all of them in three weeks, whereas with gas it supposedly took four years to kill six million of the Chosen. Of course, with the gas, some time was needed to load all their bodies into the magical disintegration chambers in order to dispose of the evidence. In this way the six million figure became an article of faith. Either you believe the lie, in which case you are righteous, or you question the lie, in which case you are evil.

            • Ja, gas is way too time consuming and expensive. Much more efficient to line up the women and children so that one rifle shot will kill 4-6 of them. Maybe more if they’re skinny.

        • Exactly. BDS is a grassroots, homegrown sanction regime aimed at making a government change it’s behavior or suffer economic sanctions via participant’s personal choices and by them pressuring institutions like colleges to divest from Israel until said changes are made. They wont kill Israelis like our sanctions do to people in targeted nations, but they will harm Israeli companies’ profit margins and share holders’ stock porfolios and that’s a powerful tool for change. Just ask apartheid South Africa as you pointed out.

  6. Is it possible that the entire story behind the gas attack is false. That yes, the Syrian army hit a rebel munitions base but no gas was released, the supposed gas attack at the site never happened.

    What did happen is the rebels seized about 200 mostly women and children from the neighboring village a week prior. They then killed some of them with cyanide (I found considerable medical support for this online) or just bludgeoned them to death.

    Their bodies were transported on the white flat bed truck to the munitions base,some dead were filmed there, then a few dead and live members of team ISIS were filmed at a staged “hospital.” This “hospital” was never bombed, the photos of the bombed hospital are from some other site entirely.

    I think all the elements of this false flag was orchestrated by the US. The US knew the munitions depot would be hit shortly because of the US/Russian sharing of info and they knew or thought they knew, that the Syrian air base was unprotected so would be an easy retaliatory target.

    As for the airbase hit, the story that the Russians were warned is false IMO. The only warning the Russians/Syrians had was the ships increased activity just prior to firing. The reason for the “Russia was warned” story line is to explain away the 39 percent success (61 percent failure) rate. Russia successfully reprogrammed the gps of many of the missiles and I don’t know if that was an S300-S400 app or was done by the air base itself.

    My guess is the US will now invade Syria through Jordan and Israel, Russian and Iran will give no quarter. What’s next? Possibly NATO will attack Russia, you know, to defend Ukraine and we will all die in our beds. Thanks Trump, thanks for every thing.

    • uh… I think that is what I wrote, isn’t it? Didn’ I say they gassed the kidnapped victims themselves and tossed em around the site with a few of their own members acting like survivors? I think that is what I wrote. I could be crazy…

      • My sincere apology for the duplication.The points I wanted to make are: no one was gassed they were poisoned with cyanide and the supposed bombing of the hospital (gee too bad, now no investigation is possible) never happened.

    • Maybe it’s time for Mother Nature to make a decision? Give Homo sapiens one more chance, or let’s get this done and let another species have a crack at evolving? Maybe the next one will do better?

    • Is it possible there was no poisoned gas released at all, even by the “moderate” head choppers? Yes it is possible. We don’t know what (if anything) happened. We only have the Empire’s claims — although the Russians said something about Syrian aircraft about hitting a “gas factory.” This too is questionable. As the saying goes, truth is the first casualty of war.

      • Agreed. Releasing actual gas could have endangered our freedom fighters hunkered down in Idlib. I haven’t seen many of them Geehawdees carrying gas masks.

    • General “Buck” Turgidson: Mr. President, I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.

  7. […] gasattacken som användes som ursäkt för anfallet lutar jag mer åt att det var personer som hade tagits tillfånga några dagar tidigare, när de väpnade grupperna kördes ut från Homs, som dödats eller sövts […]

  8. […] saken hör också att de väpnade grupperna sades ha tagit över 200 civila tillfånga när de kördes ut från Homs, några dagar tidigare. Kanske är det dessa civila som dödats eller […]

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