Washington and/or NATO countries designated Syria's capital fighting " Operation Damascus Volcano." They call it a full-scale offensive. Insurgent commander Qassem Saadeddine said "(t)here is no going back. The Damascus battle has priority for us. We have started the operation to liberate Damascus."
Without elaborating, he said "expect surprises."
Washington's longstanding plans involve destroying, not liberating, Syria. Claimed end game operations in Damascus is propaganda. Media scoundrels repeat it. At issue is winning the information war, intensifying death squad attacks, and sustaining conflict on the ground.
After defecting, Syria's former Iraq ambassador, Nawaf Fares, made spurious accusations. He's in the tank for Washington.
He claimed Syrian officials told him to enlist "Jihadi units" to fight US forces in Iraq. Most recently he suggests Assad used chemical weapons in Homs.
He admits he can't confirm it, but believes Assad will use them if threatened.
Security Council Showdown
On July 19, Britain, America, France, Germany, Portugal, and Ireland tabled a resolution for consideration. Eleven nations voted aye. Others besides sponsoring countries included Azerbaijan, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Morocco, and Togo. South Africa and Pakistan abstained.