British Intel: Syrian Army Commander Told Officers to Fire WMD or Face Firing Squad
By: Rachel Pulaski
A report from Daily Express states British senior intelligence officials have intercepted communication between Syrian chemical weapons units and the Syrian Army proving they ordered the sarin gas attack. An artillery captain ordered an officer to fire the chemical weapons or face a firing squad.
Daily Express reported via: PJ Tatler
In one heated exchange, a regional commander was overheard demanding the captain of an artillery battery in a Government-held suburb of Damascus to fire chemical shells.
When the officer protested, he was told “in direct terms” that failure to comply would result in him facing a firing squad, and the chemical weapons were then fired.
The dramatic revelation, disclosed by a high-placed RAF source, came as the defiant Syrian government declared it was “fully ready” with “its finger on the trigger” for an expected US attack.
And it adds to the “evidence from thousands of sources” which US Secretary of State John Kerry has said places the chemical attacks firmly at the door of forces loyal to President Bashir Assad.
Last night the senior RAF officer said: “The commander of the artillery battery told the regional commander that he would not comply and there was a heated exchange. He was told in direct language that unless the order was carried out, he would be shot. A total of 27 chemical artillery shells were then fired at the suburb in a 14-minute period.”
The conversation was monitored and recorded by British officers based at the remote mountain-top RAF Troodos Signals Intelligence listening post in Cyprus and within minutes details of the conversation had been relayed to GCHQ, Whitehall and the Pentagon.
Last week we reported the IDF intercepted communications of the Syrian Army. The IDF said the weapons were fired by the 155th Brigade of the 4th Armored Division of the Syrian Army whose division is under the command of the president’s brother, Maher Assad.