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MUST SEE: Assad interview, Syrian President debunks “barrel bombs” and “boy in Aleppo” White Helmet hoax

This is a must see interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to Swiss SRF 1 TV Channel.

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To understand what is happening in Syria it is critical to hear Assad in his own words.

The man is no caricature “dictator” as he is often portrayed in western media. He is a very well spoken, western educated, doctor…and he is well aware of the terror being unleashed onto his country by US-Saudi-Qatari backed Al Qaeda and ISIS jihadists.

Watch the entire video embedded below. I wanted to highlight two parts to the interview I found particularly interesting.

At the 17:15 minute mark, Assad completely debunks the word play involved in wester propaganda when speaking of “barrel bombs”. Remember SCUD Missiles and WMD. Barrel bombs follow along the same lines of propaganda, aimed at creating visuals that will propel western audiences to sanction illegal wars.

Here is the transcript (courtesy of SANA News Agency)…

Question 20: Mr. President, you use chemical weapons and barrel bombs in Syria against your own population, these are UN reports, you can’t ignore it.

President Assad: You are talking about two different issues. The chemical issue, it was proven to be false, and they haven’t a shred of evidence about the Syrian Army using chemical weapons, particularly before we give up our arsenal in 2013, now we don’t have it anyway. Before that, it was fiction because if you want to use such mass destruction armaments, you’re going to kill thousands of people in one incident, and we didn’t have such incidents. Beside that, we wouldn’t use it because you’re going to kill your own people, and that’s against your interest. So, this is a false allegation. We don’t have to waste our time with it. You live in Syria, there is a traditional war, but there is nothing related to mass destruction armaments.

Journalist: But the UN report is not a fiction.

President Assad: The UN report never has been credible, never, and because they put reports based on allegations, based on other reports, on forged reports, and they say this is a report. Did they send a delegation to make investigation? They sent one in 2013, and it couldn’t prove at all that the Syrian Army used chemical weapons. This is first. The second, which is more important, the first incident happened at the beginning of 2013 in Aleppo, when we said that the terrorists used chemical weapons against our army, and we invited the United Nations to send a delegation. We, we did, and at that time, the United States opposed that delegation because they already knew that this investigation – of course if it’s impartial – is going to prove that those terrorists, their proxies, used chemical armaments against the Syrian Army. Regarding the barrel bombs, I want to ask you: what is the definition of barrel bomb? If you go to our army, you don’t have in our records something called “barrel bomb,” so how do you understand – just to know how I can answer you – what a barrel bomb is? We have bombs.

Journalist: The destruction… it’s the destruction, and it is against humanitarian law.

President Assad: Every bomb can make destruction, every bomb, so you don’t have bomb to make nothing. So, this is a word that has been used in West as part of the Western narrative in order to show that there is an indiscriminate bomb that has been killing civilians indiscriminately and that opposes the Western narrative, I’ll show you the contradiction: in other areas they say that we are bombarding intentionally the hospitals, and you mentioned that, and they are targeting intentionally the schools, and we targeted intentionally the convoys to Aleppo last month, those targets need high-precision missiles. So, they have to choose which part of the narrative; we either have indiscriminate bombs or we have high-precision bombs. They keep contradicting in the same narrative, this is the Western reality now. So, which one to choose? I can answer you, but again, we don’t have any indiscriminate bombs. If we kill people indiscriminately, it means we are losing the war because people will be against us; I cannot kill the Syrian people, either morally or for my interest, because in that case I’m going to push the Syrian community and society towards the terrorists, not vice versa.


At the 9:00 minute mark, Assad completely debunks the “boy in Aleppo” story, as a total hoax orchestrated by Al Qaeda sponsored White Helmets:

Journalist: This young boy has become the symbol of the war. I think that you know this picture.

President Assad: Of course I saw it.

Journalist: His name is Omran. Five years old.

President Assad: Yeah.

Journalist: Covered with blood, scared, traumatized. Is there anything you would like to say to Omran and his family?

President Assad: There’s something I would like to say to you first of all, because I want you to go back after my interview, and go to the internet to see the same picture of the same child, with his sister, both were rescued by what they call them in the West “White Helmets” which is a facelift of al-Nusra in Aleppo. They were rescued twice, each one in a different incident, and just as part of the publicity of those White Helmets. None of these incidents were true. You can have it manipulated, and it is manipulated. I’m going to send you those two pictures, and they are on the internet, just to see that this is a forged picture, not a real one. We have real pictures of children being harmed, but this one in specific is a forged one.

We turn to Moon of Alabama, which does what no western journalists have bothered to do…they followed up on Assad’s above claims. The evidence gathered supports the fact that the “boy in Aleppo” photo was a well staged hoax. A complete propaganda stunt aimed at demonizing Syria’s legitimate government.

Even more damning, is that this hoax was executed by the White Helmets, an Al Qaeda group of jihadists masquerading as a humanitarian non-profit group.

Assad was half wrong. The picture, printed on page 1 of newspapers all over the “western” world, was not “forged”. It is a real picture from a White Helmet “rescue” video distributed by the Aleppo Media Center (AMC) (which is funded by the French French Ministry of Foreign Affairs). But the scene was carefully staged and we immediately recognized it as staged when it appeared. It was staged like many other “rescue” scenes with “kids saved” by the U.S./UK/D/J/NL financed White Helmets and their associated media.

Look for yourself, trust your eyes.

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The “boy in an ambulance” scene features two identifiable kids. Omran and his sister.

Below are pictures of what we believe are the same kids in different scenes.

Here is the girl at another occasion. We will call this scene 1:

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The Houston Chronicle reported about this scene and the picture carries this caption:

An 8-year-old girl named Aya calls out for her father after an airstrike in Syrian on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

Another picture from the same Chronicle spread:

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This combined one is captioned:

Left: 8-year-old Aya in her everyday life in Syria. Right: 8-year-old Aya after an airstrike in Syria.

Notice the age as well as the girl’s favorite colors – light turquoise and pink. Compared to the left picture the hair on the right looks powdered and artificially teased. While there is trickle of “blood” on her face and on her dress no wound is visible.

The Chronicle story is sourced to CNN which includes a short (staged) video and adds:

The video and images were posted online by a pro-opposition activist group, Talbiseh Media Center. It shows an 8-year-old girl in a medical facility, her hair and body covered with dust. There’s blood tricking down her forehead, her nose. She looks confused and scared and keeps calling out for her father.

Aya was pulled from under rubble along with her family members when an airstrike hit their home in Talbiseh on Monday. Talbiseh, a large town in northwestern Syria, is about 10 kilometers north of Homs.

A screenshot detail from the video:

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The “blood” looks remarkably glossy, unlike natural blood which dries and looks dull pretty fast. The uni-color shirt the girl wears has no arms.

Now the same girl in a different “rescue” scene. We will call this scene 2.

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The truck in the background has a “White Helmets” logo on the door.

A detail of the above picture. It is the same girl as in scene 1. The hair again seems powdered and teased:

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Notice: Same habitus, same appearance, same wild hair as in scene 1; no visible wounds; turquoise shirt but with short arms; jeans with glitter

Here is the girl at scene 2 in an ambulance:

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Same shirt and pants as above, no wounds, no pain and not attended to by anybody. Compare this with the video capture of scene 1 the Chronicle and CNN reported on. We strongly believe it is the same girl.

Now what seems to be a different take of scene 2. A “White Helmet” carries the girl and a boy. Notice the same clothing as in the other scene 2 pics above. The pic as well as some of the above from scene 2 was running in the Daily Mail on August 27. The incident is claimed to be the aftermath of a “barrel bombing” in the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood in east-Aleppo.

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Why would two different men carry and “rescue” the girl. She, like the boy, looks fine – same cloth as above, no wounds, no damage to the extremities, no crying – just curiosity.

A detail of the faces in that picture:

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A detail of the boy’s face:

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Now to the “boy in an ambulance” scene. The boy and the reportedly 8-year old girl on August 17 in the Qaterji neighborhood in east Aleppo introduced as “Omran Daqneesh and his sister.” (pic source):

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The just “rescued” kids sit quietly but completely unattended to in a brand-new €100,000 ambulance. No shock therapy was initiated, no Trendelberg position or at least laying down flat. No one talks to them despite half a dozen photographers being around them.

Details of the kids – here the boy has the powdered and teased “wild hair” look.

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Are these the same kids as in scene 2 above?

President Assad believes they are.

We agree. We also believe that all three scenes above are staged. The girl is the same in all three scenes. Her younger brother appears in scene 2 and 3. The White Helmets apparently “rescued” the girl in three different incidents on or about August 17, August 27 and October 10 in three different locations.

Isn’t that a remarkably elysian miracle?

Or is it all part of the serial production of elaborately staged anti-Syrian propaganda? Delivered by a marketing organization (vid) funded by “western” governments and various similar financed opposition “media organizations”.

Trust your eyes.

Via: http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/10/assad-says-the-boy-in-the-ambulance-is-fake-we-show-why.html#more

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