US intelligence intercepted calls from Syrian army discussing chemical attack
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US intelligence intercepted calls from Syrian army discussing chemical attack

DuPont : WA : USA | Aug 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM PDT
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According to a report in Foreign Policy magazine, US intelligence services intercepted communication between a Syrian defense official and the leader of the chemical weapons unit at the Syrian army following last week's deadly chemical attack.

"Last Wednesday, in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of a chemical weapons unit, demanding answers for a nerve agent strike that killed more than 1,000 people," the report said.

"Those conversations were overheard by U.S. intelligence services...and that is the major reason why American officials now say they're certain that the attacks were the work of the Bashar Assad regime - and why the US military is likely to attack that regime in a matter of days," the report added.

Moreover, hotair.com reported, according to FOCUS, the Israel Defense Forces Unit 8200, the IDF’s signals intelligence unit, had intercepted communications of the Syrian army during the attack.

A former Mossad officer told FOCUS, "The analysis has clearly shown that the bombardment with poison gas missiles was made by Syrian government forces.”

However, it is not clear whether the two sources were talking about the same communication or that the one mentioned by Foreign Policy magazine is different from the other.

Meanwhile, NATO head, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday after a meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels, reports from various sources say that Syrian regime has used the chemical weapons.

He also said, "Any use of such weapons was unacceptable and cannot go unanswered." However he did not suggest any response on the alleged chemical weapons attack that took place in the residential suburbs of Damascus.

"This is a clear breach of long-standing international norms and practice... Those responsible must be held accountable," he said in a statement.

Following the announcement of the French President Francois Hollande that his country is "ready to punish" those who are behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the French parliament will hold an emergency session to debate the Syrian crisis on Sept. 4, minister Alain Vidalies said Wednesday, AFP reported.

"There will be a special debate in the (lower house) National Assembly and in the (upper house) Senate," said Vidalies, who is in charge of relations between the government and parliament.

According to the report, under French law, a one-off military intervention does not need parliamentary approval.

In a significant development, the Russian Emergencies Ministry has evacuated 116 people from Syria, among them many women and children, RIA Novosti reported.

“An Il-62 plane took off for Latakia. This special flight is for Russian and CIS nationals who had earlier expressed their determination to return to Moscow,” emergencies ministry spokeswoman Irina Rossius said.

In another context, Syrian President Bashar Assad, members of his family and senior members of his government, arrived at Khomeini Airport in Tehran on Tuesday night, sources in Iran's foreign ministry told the Lebanese newspaper a-Nahar.

According to the a-Nahar report, Bashar will hold discussions with senior Iranians regarding the Syrian response to a possible U.S. strike on Syria. This report was not confirmed by other sources.

The same source also reported according to residents and opposition sources that Assad regime forces have evacuated most personnel from army and security command headquarters in central Damascus in preparation for a Western military strike.

It is worth mentioning that the Syrian TV denied this news, but confirmed that Syria will become "graveyard of invaders" as the army and the people enjoy high spirits and are ready to sacrifice for Syria and its democratic regime.

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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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