Trump clearly wishes to end the US occupation of Syria – fabricating an atrocity would pressure him 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.
April 8, 2018
By Stephen Gowans
There is much ambiguity surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, said to have taken place late Saturday, but there are a few matters that are clear.
First, the reports are “unverified”, according to The Wall Street Journal  and British Foreign Office  and are unconfirmed, according to the US State Department . What’s more, The New York Times noted that it “was not possible to independently verify the reports,”  while The Associated Press added that “the reports could not be independently verified.” 
Second, according to The Wall Street Journal, it isn’t “clear who carried out the attack”  assuming even that one was carried out.
Third, the “unverified photos and videos”  which form the body of (unverified) evidence, were produced by two groups which have an interest in fabricating atrocities to draw the United States more deeply into…
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