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Rick Sterling, investigative journalist and member of the Syria Solidarity Movement
"The attack that was carried out today will help the terrorists. There is a big difference because in Eastern Syria the US has been kind of halfheartedly attacking ISIS in around Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa, not nearly as intensely and with as many deaths as were doing in Mosul, of course. This was an attack on a Syrian air force base. What it will do is it will make it more difficult for the Syrian air force to attack terrorists in the area around Homs, which has been under threat.
The OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] got a Nobel Price for managing the complete elimination of prohibited chemical weapons by Syria in 2014. It was an amazing achievement. The chemical weapons were all destroyed on a US vessel, and they were carefully inspecting those chemicals to see if they could identify sarin that matched up with the sarin that was used in Damascus thinking that they could find the proof that way, and of course they did not. The investigations of the best American journalists, Seymour Hersh, Robert Parry, and others, the group from MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] concluded that it was not Syrian government, it was the armed opposition that carried out this sarin attack, the chemical weapon attack in 2013. The statements from the Trump administration are nonsense."