Hersh also said that a secret agreement in 2012 was reached between the Obama Administration and the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, to set up a sarin gas attack and blame it on Assad so that the US could invade and overthrow Assad. «By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria
Moscow sees a high probability that Islamic State is using chemical weapons in Syria, RIA news agency reported on Tuesday, citing Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of the Russian foreign ministry department for non-proliferation and arms control.
Ulyanov also called for an investigation into possible supplies of sarin components from Turkey to Syria, citing evidence recently presented by a Turkish parliamentarian.
A local official from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has filed a criminal complaint against Republican People’s Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Eren Erdem over his claims on the Russia Today (RT) TV station that radical groups used Turkey as a transit route for the shipment of sarin gas.
The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has defended a CHP deputy whom President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently accused of treason for his insinuation on a Russian television channel that Ankara had overlooked a shipment of sarin gas to Syria from Turkey by radical groups.
“I trust [CHP deputy] Eren Erdem. He is someone who knows what he is talking about,” CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said in a live interview on the Habertürk television channel on Thursday evening.
As for his accusations about Turkish businessmen being involved in supplying Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) with the poisonous gas sarin and other reactants needed for chemical warfare, Erdem maintained this statement was made based on the results of a Turkish court investigation in 2013.
Erdem revealed that five Turkish citizens had been arrested by the Adana Chief Prosecutor’s Office as a result of an investigation coded 2013/139. A Syrian national was prosecuted in Turkey for procuring chemical agents for Islamist groups in Syria. At the same time, Erdem noted all the persons arrested within the framework of the 2013/139 investigation were released a week later.
In his statement Eren Erdem claimed he had received death threats over social media following the publication of his interview to RT.