ISIS and al Qaeda’s Nusra Front have captured Idlib and the Syrian regime has allegedly launched barrel bombs of chlorine gas on the city, which could be or not be true since it is being reported on Twitter. However, similar attacks in the area and in the city have been reported for four years.
Ibtimes reported an attack on about March 23rd and the NY Times reported another the week before. Arab Daily News reported on another six. Only Assad’s regime has an air force and helicopters to unleash the bombs allegedly.
Rebels in Idlib City celebrating victory
Idlib city is the capital of the Idlib province, giving the terrorists another stronghold besides Raqqa. The rebels control most of the province.
It is not a major city but it is close to a major highway that connects the capital Damascus to the north and is not far from Assad’s stronghold in Latakia.
We’re waiting for ISIS to begin their brutal assaults on the civilians in the area as they have elsewhere.
This victory means that a vast area of northern Syria is under the control of IS and Al Nusra (Al Qaeda).
Video showing victims of an alleged chemical barrel bomb attack in opposition controlled Idlib https://t.co/my8hhsPTOE
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) March 30, 2015
The administration drew a red line over WMDs.
Assad allegedly turned the weapons over in 2013-2014 at the prompting of Secretary of State John Kerry who wasn’t serious when he said it. Assad surprised Kerry and said he would turn them over using Russia to lead in the negotiations.
It was touted as a diplomatic success by the U.S. orchestrated by Russia.
The last remaining chemicals were allegedly shipped to the M/V Cape Ray, the massive ship that the U.S. retrofitted to be able to destroy Syria’s stockpile at sea.
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement. “The worst of the weapons are gone, but the despicable regime and the crisis it has created remain and require our collective focus.”
In May, 2014, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said that, “with 92.5% of the declared chemical weapons out of the country” we have accomplished more than any “number of airstrikes that might have been contemplated would have done.”
She didn’t talk about what was left and what was undeclared.
The U.S. administration called it “smart power.”
In September, 2013, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it “requires a willful suspension of disbelief to see this agreement as anything than the start of a diplomatic blind alley, and the Obama Administration is being led into it by Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin.” How prophetic!
The U.S. no longer talks about Assad’s alleged chemical attacks but does boast of the success against ISIS.