Pentagon backs White House Syrian chemical weapon lies | UPI

Capt. Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters Tuesday that preparations activity has been seen at the Al Shayrat airfield in west-central Syria — and that it’s possibly a sign that President Bashar Assad is planning a chemical strike.

Davis said the information has been collected over the last few days, but has gotten “more compelling” in the past 24 hours.

“We have observed activities at Shayrat Air Base that suggest possible intent by the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons again,” another Pentagon spokesman, Adrian Rankine-Galloway, told Voice of America. “These activities are similar to what we observed prior to the regime[‘s] chemical weapons attack against Khan Sheikhoun in April.”

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Announcements | Colonel Cassad

It is also worth noting that according to social networks, information is spread that Turkey is starting an offensive against the Afrin Kurds. Probably there are in view of the attack of pro-Turkish militants on the front at Tal-Rifat, which will be supported by Turkish artillery, tanks and automatic control systems, as well as shelling of the territory of Afrin.

Whether the Turks will decide on a full-scale attack of the Afrin Kurds, or everything as usual will be reduced to numerous petty provocations, we will see in the coming days.

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Turkey launches offensive against the YPG in Syria

What lies ahead? For some time, Turkey has been moving troops and weapons to Kilis, which is located just north of Azaz-Mare – which is east of the YPG-controlled area of Afrin. Meanwhile, Idlib, where Turks and Russians are planning to enforce the de-conflicting zone, is south of Afrin. In other words, Turkey will have to prevent YPG attacks against Azaz-Mare and protect its troops stationed in Idlib by pacifying the YPG elements in Afrin. It remains to be seen whether the military build-up in Kilis is limited to the de-conflicting zone in Idlib or part of a broader plan involving Afrin.

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