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Regime intelligence depends on trusted crew in Chlorine attacks on Ghouta

Local | 2018-03-11 22:36:00
Regime intelligence depends on trusted crew in Chlorine attacks on Ghouta
(Zaman Al Wasl)- A well-informed source said the Chlorine gas attacks on Eastern Ghouta have been under direct supervision of the Air Force intelligence as just two helicopters with a trusted crew launched the latest chlorine attacks on the rebel-held enclave of Damascus.

The pilots of MI-17 helicopters have depended on 'Global Positioning System (GPS) to hit their civil and rebel targets where each helicopter carries two 500 kg of explosives- two barrels- and cylinder of Chlorine.

The helicopters of the Brigade 54th have been launching the gas strikes from Mezzeh and Beli military airports.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned the regime on Sunday it would be "very unwise" for regime forces to use weaponized gas, as he cited unconfirmed reports of chlorine attacks in Eastern Ghouta and slammed Russian support for Damascus.

Mattis stopped short of threatening to retaliate against Syrian forces if a chlorine attack were confirmed.

But he noted America's cruise missile strike on April 6, 2017, on a Syrian air base over a sarin gas attack and said President Donald Trump had "full political maneuver room" to take whatever decision he believed was appropriate.

"It would be very unwise for them to use weaponized gas. And I think President Trump made that very clear early in his administration," Mattis said, speaking with a small group of reporters before landing in Oman.

Bashar Assad has vowed to continue the offensive in eastern Ghouta, one of the deadliest in the war.

At least 42 people have been killed in Ghouta as regime forces continue to launch air strikes on the rebel-held enclave while edging closer to its central towns.

The deaths raised the assault's total toll to 1,031 civilians, including 219 children, according to the Observatory. More than 4,350 have been wounded.

Eastern Ghouta is home to around 400,000 people, living under a five-year siege that has made food and medical aid exceedingly rare.

Eastern Ghouta is the last remaining opposition-controlled zone on the outskirts of the capital, and rebels there have regularly fired rockets onto Damascus.
 

Zaman Al Wasl
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