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Who were the culprits for the chemical weapons attack in Syria on September 2013?

What was really going on in Benghazi when Libyan terrorists killed Ambassador Stevens and others? (Image)

Why is the United States covering up and collaborating with a moral leper, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?

Seymour Hersh answers these questions in his April 6 article The Red Line and the Rat Line - Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdogan and the Syrian rebelsApril 6, London Review of Books

Hersh's latest article is a follow up to Whose Sarin, December 13, 2013, also published by the London Review of Books.   In December, Hersh went behind the scenes to debunk the claims by the Obama administration that it had a slam-dunk case against the Syrian government for the August 2013 chemical weapons attack on civilians near Damascus, Syria. Despite the best efforts to keep the story out of the news and the spirited response of neoconservative and Obama trolls, the story was well read in the United States thanks to the Internet.

Subsequent research, using White House information and the United Nations report, demonstrated that the attack could not have come from territory controlled by the Syrian government. This is independent support and verification for Hersh's claim in Whose Sarin?

Hersh takes us further down the path of truth about who was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Syria

Whose sarin? The government of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan made it happen

Hersh points out that the United States military and intelligence community was concerned about the role of Turkey in supporting the Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda militia fighting the Syrian government. Specifically, intelligence officials were concerned about a false-flag brewing within the Turkish intelligence agency, MIT. A Hersh source revealed:

'We knew there were some in the Turkish government,' a former senior US intelligence official, who has access to current intelligence, told me, 'who believed they could get Assad's nuts in a vice by dabbling with a sarin attack inside Syria -- and forcing Obama to make good on his red line threat.' The Red Line and the Rat Line, Seymour Hersh, LRB, Apr 6

Intelligence sources also knew that: Turkish and Saudi agents were seeking sarin gas precursors; Al Nusra has a chemical weapons potential and program; "there was evidence linking the Syrian opposition to the first gas attack, on 19 March" near Aleppo; and that local Turkish authorities caught Syrian rebels with sarin gas precursors attempting to cross into Syria from Turkey. Hersh, Apr 6

Hersh's sources claim that Denis McDonough, Obama chief of staff, made sure that President Obama was unaware of intelligence implicating Turkey in chemical weapons production and use by Syrian rebels, according to Hersh's sources. Hersh, Apr 6

Ironically, after the Obama administration and the rest of the attack Syria cabal blamed Syria for the chemical weapons attack and as the U.S. readied a devastating attack, British intelligence sent a warning:

[British Intelligence had] "obtained a sample of the sarin used in the 21 August attack and analysis demonstrated that the gas used didn't match the batches known to exist in the Syrian army's chemical weapons arsenal. The message that the case against Syria wouldn't hold up was quickly relayed to the US joint chiefs of staff." Hersh, Apr 6

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