On September 19, a UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy with humanitarian aid for Aleppo was hit by a strike, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The attack destroyed 18 of 31 trucks and killed at least 21 people.
The US was quick to pin the blame on Russian and Syrian jets without any evidence. Expert military analysts later concluded that the convoy was most likely hit by a US Predator drone, and may have served as a quick diversion, away from the fact that American fighter jets attacked Syrian army personnel, in order to provide air cover for the American controlled ISIS proxy army.
Now a group of independent military experts, attached to the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), have come up with their own conclusion as to what a happened to the UN convoy.
The group believes that the strike against the UN humanitarian convoy moving towards Aleppo was “a well-prepared hoax.”
Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, reports that the military experts studied the video made by Russian drones accompanying the UN convoy. “A car with a trailer clearly carrying a large-caliber mortar” can be seen in the video footage.
The report highlights that Al Qaeda/Al Nusra militants were active in the region at the time the convoy was hit.
“Urm al-Kubra is located in the region controlled by al-Nusra [Front] militants, moreover, this territory is noted as a region with high concentration of militants. If you consider reports of September 19, you will see that al-Nusra militants carried out a large-scale offensive supported by mass artillery fire, tanks and volley fire rocket systems in that very region at that time.”
Sputnik News agency reports…
The experts analyzed the footage and photos of the attack in the media and came to a conclusion that “the attack” was staged: in particular, the cabin of one of the trucks was not affected and “has no trace of a close explosion — traces of debris or holes, only the cargo damaged.” Furthermore, the edges of the holes in damaged trucks are covered with rust. The road surface was also in perfect condition, while according to the experts it would have been damaged if it were hit by an airstrike.
The degree of damage contradicts the airstrike version: the blast in a confined space would at least have overturned the trucks with cargo while explosions would have left shards in the walls of nearby buildings. But judging by the photos, the trucks only lost its canvas, their tires remained intact, the cardboard boxes remained in their places, and the nearby buildings have no cracks.
The experts were also puzzled over the crater allegedly left by the purported airstrike.
“The central part of the crater pulls objects in instead of scattering them around. Is it a black hole?”
“In summary of this preliminary analysis, we can conclude that we are dealing with a well-prepared staged or ‘fake’ attack,” the report reads.
A diplomatic source told RIA Novosti that this report was sent to representatives with the United States who “expressed their disagreement with the conclusions.”