Lede: A new open-source study concludes that Syrian insurgents carried out the
Ghouta sarin chemical attack in August 2013. The explosive findings add to a
growing body of public evidence that undermines US-led efforts to blame the
Syrian government, which almost led to US military intervention.
Hundreds of people were killed and thousands were wounded when sarin rockets hit
multiple sites in the Syria area of Ghouta on August 21, 2013. The US and its
allies publicly accused the Syrian government of responsibility, and President
Obama threatened to bomb Syria in purported retaliation. But Obama ultimately
pulled back after reaching an agreement with Russia to destroy Syria's chemical
Since then, a growing body of public information has raised questions about
US-led claims of Syrian government guilt. The new open-source study, published
by Rootclaim, adds to this evidence.
Based on their trajectories, the study traces all seven missile impact locations
back to the most likely launch spot where they all intersected: a small area
within insurgent-controlled territory. This location is about 2 km from any
impact site - the agreed range calculated by experts for the Volcano rockets
used in the Ghouta attack.
Video footage has previously surfaced of insurgents wearing gas masks, firing
Volcano rockets, and identifying themselves as members of the insurgent group
Liwa Al Islam. The video matches several features of a small field that is
located within that insurgent-controlled area where, the study found, the
rockets were launched from. That same area, matching the field, was also the
source of a little-reported sarin attack by insurgents on Syrian government
forces just days after the Ghouta attack.
Michael Kobs and Adam Larson. Co-authors of a new study on the 2013 chemical
attack in Ghouta.
Saar Wilf. Founder of Rootclaim, which published the Ghouta study.
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Read Rootclaim’s summary of the findings here: