Ex-Envoy Stresses Prince Bandar’s Role in Supplying Chemical Weapons to Syria Rebels

Ex-Envoy Stresses Prince Bandar’s Role in Supplying Chemical Weapons to Syria Rebels

Former Syrian Ambassador to Ankara Nidal Qablan described as shameful the stances adopted by some of his country’s neighbors, and said that Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan has supplied the armed rebels in Syria with chemical weapons.

“Armed rebels have been equipped with chemical weapons by Prince Sultan,” Qablan told FNA’s correspondent in Damascus on Tuesday.

He underlined that everyone is aware of what is going on in Al-Rushaid Airport under the auspices of the Saudi Deputy Defense Minister, Salman Bin Sultan.

“Jordan has sheltered and trained the terrorists and after arming them sends them to Syria,” Qablan said.

He further said that everyone is aware of the large military training center in Jordan where thousands of mercenaries are being trained and equipped with chemical weapons by the Saudi Intelligence Chief.

Last week, rebels and local residents in Ghouta also said Prince Bandar has supplied chemical weapons to an al-Qaeda linked rebel group in the area, adding that the rebels caused the last month chemical attack on suburban Damascus.

Ghouta, Syria — As the machinery for a US-led military intervention in Syria gathers pace following the chemical weapons attack two weeks ago, the US and its allies may be targeting the wrong side, said in a report written by Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh.

Interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders said at least 355 people had died last week from what it believed to be a neurotoxic agent, appear to indicate as much.

The US, Britain, and France as well as the Arab League have accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical weapons attack, which mainly targeted civilians. US warships are stationed in the Mediterranean Sea to launch military strikes against Syria in punishment for carrying out a massive chemical weapons attack. The US and others are not interested in examining any contrary evidence, with US Secretary of State John Kerry saying Monday that Assad’s guilt was “a judgment … already clear to the world.”

However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack.

“My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” said Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of a rebel fighting to unseat Assad, who lives in Ghouta.

Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels were killed inside of a tunnel used to store weapons provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, who was leading a fighting battalion. The father described the weapons as having a “tube-like structure” while others were like a “huge gas bottle.”

Ghouta townspeople said the rebels were using mosques and private houses to sleep while storing their weapons in tunnels.

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