The independent inspectors commissioned by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will probably take several months to publish their final report on the alleged gas attack in Douma (an attack for which journalists and other independent parties have failed to find evidence), but have apparently spoken with Russian military officials after visiting the site of the Barzeh research center in Damascus - one of the three facilities targeted by the strikes.
In the days after the retaliatory missile strike on "Syria's chemical weapons facilities" by France, the UK and the USA (the FUKUS axis,) we reported Paul Craig Roberts' 'awkward question' to Washington's warmongers:
If this were true, would not a lethal cloud have been released that would have taken the lives of far more people than claimed in the alleged Syrian chemical attack on Douma?
Would not the US missile attack be identical to a chemical weapons attack and thus place the US and its vassals in the same category as Washington is attempting to place Assad and Putin?
Western governments and senior military officers reported the attack had been successful and most of the missiles had hit designated targets, destroying Syria's ability to make more chemical weapons. Syrian and Russian sources reported most of the FUKUS axist missiles had been neutralised by Russian supplied air defence systems. But as Roberts pointed out, surely that would have released coulds of highly toxis nerve agents in gaseous form, very low concentrations of which can prove lethal to humans.
Now it is being reported that the investigators, who spoke with Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, revealed that they had found no evidence of chemical weapons in the remains of research facilities that were supposedly integral to the Syrian Army's chemical weapons program. Of course, this shouldn't come as a surprise: After all, if the US, France and the UK had really bombed a building filled with nerve gas and sited in a populated area, there would've been thousands - possibly tens of thousands - of bodies to show for it.
"Immediately after the attacks, many people who worked at these destroyed facilities and just bystanders without any protective equipment visited them. None of them got poisoned with toxic agents," Rudskoy said.
Rudskoy said there was similar scant evidence of chemical weapons exposure at the Han Shinshar facility, located near Homs. Russia registered only seven missiles had struck the facility, while the Pentagon claimed that it had successfully fired 22 missiles. Russia has previously claimed that only 71 of 103 missiles launched by the coalition made it past Syria's antiquated air defenses.
"According to the statements of the Pentagon’s representatives, 22 missiles hit the above-ground facilities. We registered no more than seven hits, which is shown in the space image," he told a briefing.
Furthermore, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said its representatives had talked to local doctors and investigated the site of the alleged attacks. The doctors confirmed that they no recent patients had been treated for exposure to chemical agents, and investigators searching the area found nothing suspicious.