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US April 13 Syria Terror-Bombing Massacres Hundreds

By Stephen Lendman

On April 13, a CENTCOM statement said US-led coalition forces mistakenly killed 18 so-called Syrian Democratic Forces south of Tabqa, Syria, claiming:

“The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position. The target location was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position.”

No independent verification of its claim is available so far.

CENTCOM said nothing about terror-bombing Hatla village near Deir Ezzor on April 13, massacring hundreds.

Syria’s military announced it, saying “ ‘US-led International Alliance’ (forces massacred) hundreds, (mostly) civilians…from inhaling toxic substances,” according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

A facility with “large amount(s) of toxic materials” was struck, “causing a white cloud that became yellow as a result of of the explosion.”

“This confirms that Daesh and al-Nusra terrorists possess chemical weapons and are capable of using, obtaining and transporting it with the help of some regional countries.”

“This also stresses the fact that those terror groups are coordinating with its sponsors to accuse the Syrian Arab Army of using chemical weapons.”

Interviewed by AFP, Assad called Western and other anti-Syrian accounts of the April 4 Kahn Sheikhoun CW attack a “100% fabrication,” Syria falsely blamed for something it didn’t do.

“We gave up our arsenal a few years ago,” Assad stressed. “Even if we (had CWs), we wouldn’t use them, and we have never used (them) in our history.”

He believes “the West, mainly the United States, is hand in glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for” Trump’s aggression - based on a Big Lie.

Syria had nothing to do with the April CW attack launched from the ground, not the air, as falsely reported. Trump’s pre-planned aggression followed.

More to come, wanting Assad ousted and Syrian sovereignty destroyed.

Russia’s commitment to combating terrorism in the country, along with respecting Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity, is the most effective deterrent to America’s imperial aims - so far successful.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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