Russian officials claimed on March 13 to have information on an upcoming fake attack
In an article on Reuters Russian officials claimed America was going to use a fake attack to strike Syria
A chemical attack occurred in Douma just outside of Domascus on April 7 and claimed at least 80 lives
On April 13 America conducted an allied strike on Syria with Britain and France
New information is still being discovered in the weeks following an alleged chemical attack in Syria on April 7. In an intriguing turn of events, it would appear that Russian officials made a spot on prediction of how the most recent situation in Syria would play out a month before anything began.
It was reported that more than 80 were killed and hundreds more suffered symptoms consistent with a nerve agent following a chemical attack in Douma, just outside Damascus on April 7. Two days after the attack chemical arms inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were blocked from entering the site.
Suspicion was raised that Syria, along with its Russian ally, were attempting to scrub the scene of the attack. Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain said in Parliament claimed the inspectors were “being prevented from doing so by the regime and the Russians.”
Russian denied the allegations, claiming the United Nations had used their power to delay inspectors due to security concerns. The United Nations later disputed Russia’s claim and stated there were no security issues and they wanted inspectors on the site as soon as possible.
America was one of several countries to place blame on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad almost immediately. Despite Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urging President Donald Trump to receive congressional approval before conducting allied airstrikes against Syria with Britain and France, on Friday, April 13, the first attack was underway.
Mattis was able to ensure the strikes were three targets allegedly linked to the April 7 chemical attack. It was also believed that no Russian troops scattered at military installations around Syria would be endangered. The 105 missiles also did not target any of the military units believed to be involved in the chemical attack on Douma.
Now, just a week after the airstrike, the realization was made that Russia predicted everything that was going to happen almost a month before it happened.
An article published on Reuters on March 13 titled, “Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response,” gives an eerie prediction of the upcoming attacks. The article was released with an American link and a United Kingdom link. Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov claimed Moscow had information that rebels in the enclave of eastern Ghouta were planning a fake chemical attack against civilian to blame on the Syrian army.
Gerasimov went on to say America had planned to use the incident as a reason to carry out a strike on the government quarter in nearby Damascus where Russian military advisers, Russian military police, and Russian ceasefire monitors are all based.
“In the event of a threat to the lives of our servicemen, Russia’s armed forces will take retaliatory measures against the missiles and launchers used.”
Russia previously has accused Syrian rebels of preparing to use toxic agents eastern Ghouta so they could later accuse Damascus of using chemical attacks.