Eight reasons why the latest Syria chemical weapons attack allegations are almost certainly complete nonsense
Date Written: 08/04/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22168
A discussion on the chemical attack in Douma, Syria, and why the allegations are likely false.
The New York Times indirectly revealed a possible motivation for the two groups to bring forward fabricated atrocity stories. "A new confirmed chemical attack in Syria," the newspaper noted, "would pose a dilemma for President Trump, who recently said he wants to get the United States out of Syria." 
Trump's recent musings about ending the US military occupation of nearly one-third of Syrian territory, including the country's richest oil fields, was swiftly met by Pentagon opposition, led by US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The US president reluctantly accepted a continued occupation, so long as it ends in a matter of months rather than years.
Fabricating an atrocity would pressure Trump to maintain the US occupation indefinitely and possibly escalate US military intervention in Syria, much to the pleasure of Islamist insurgents, their White Helmet and Syrian American Medical Society allies, and US war planners.