Award-Winning Journalist: Syrian Chemical Attack Was Launched From Saudi Base

Award-winning investigative journalist Robert Parry has published an article claiming last week’s chemical attack in Syria was launched not from a Syrian government airfield but, rather, a Saudi-Israel special operations base.

Parry’s article, hosted on, comes nearly one week after President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike against a Syrian airfield that, at the time, was alleged to have been the launch site for the chemical weapons attack that killed 70 people.

Citing a U.S. intelligence expert, Parry claims The White House is withholding evidence pointing to the Saudi-Israel base as the true source of the drone that carried the chemical bomb.

“According to a source,” he writes, “the analysts struggled to identify whose drone it was and where it originated. Despite some technical difficulties in tracing its flight path, analysts eventually came to believe that the flight was launched in Jordan from a Saudi-Israel special operations base for supporting Syrian rebels.”

According to Parry, the intelligence official further said that “the suspected reason for the poison gas was to create an incident that would reverse the Trump administration’s announcement in late March that it was no longer seeking the removal of [Syrian] President Bashar al-Assad.”

Parry goes on to point out that, if that really was the motive, the operation was successful considering the Trump administration’s current stance towards Assad.

Parry goes on to call into question a four-page report Trump’s National Security Council released to bolster claims of Syrian involvement in the airstrike.

Particularly, Parry takes issue with the administration’s unwillingness to declassify its specific visual evidence for the findings.

He writes, “it is unclear why releasing these overhead videos would be so detrimental to ‘sources and methods’ since everyone knows the U.S. has this capability and the issue at hand – if it gets further out of hand – could lead to a nuclear confrontation with Russia.”

Robert Parry is an investigative journalist. According to Alternet, he had several bombshell stories for the Associated Press in relation to the Iran-Contra scandal. Parry’s work earned him a George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984. (Image via

Parry further describes the report as “argumentative in that it assumes that Russian officials – and presumably others – who have suggested different possible explanations for the incident at Khan Sheikdoun did so in a willful cover-up, when any normal investigation seeks to evaluate different scenarios before settling on one.”

Parry is not the only person who took issue with the report.

MIT national security specialist from Massachusetts Theodore Postol did his own analysis and states, “I have reviewed the document carefully, and I believe it can be shown, without a doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack.”

Postol goes on to describe the evidence cited by the White House for Assad’s involvement as “tampered with or staged.”

The theory stated in the works of Postol and Parry gives credence to concerns raised by many following last week’s attack that the whole thing was a false flag.

Here’s a video from Paul Joseph Watson – one of many conservatives who described the event as a false flag.

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  1. Keith

    April 12, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Is he really suggesting that the Saudis and Israel have banded together to attack Syria? I find it hard to believe that there is even an Israeli air base in a muslim country.

    • trueorfalse4

      April 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      psychopaths are not bound by religion their slaves are. No war is about religion, it is all about power, religion is a driver of forces that battle for the resources that maintain power. Stop thinking in terms of religion, these creatures use it as crowd control to benefit themselves, they are all the same, all evil.

      • smoorega

        April 13, 2017 at 10:43 am

        I’m like… thank you for being true in your post.

      • John Joseph Michael Barry

        April 13, 2017 at 11:21 pm

        Your wrong! The whole scenario in the Middle East is a spiritual battle and until this component is addressed we will never have peace in this part of the world!

      • Lawrence Edink

        April 14, 2017 at 1:36 am

        Jews and Sunni team up against Shia. ‘Because Jews might not have accepted Muhammad, but at least they’re not preaching lies about him’… I would say that’s a reasonable logic.

        Of course it’s but one facet of these conflicts, but if it were a non-issue, it’s rather surprising how often coalitions seem to be largely along religious or other ideological lines. Be it Christian vs Muslim, Protestant vs Catholic, Sunni vs Shia, or Liberal vs Communist vs Fascist.

        • trueorfalse4

          April 14, 2017 at 10:23 am


    • Patrick Larson

      April 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Israel and Saudis have had a loose type of alliance since around the time of Muslim Brotherhood coup in Egypt which was assisted by Obama and Co. The Brotherhood is banned in many muslim countries . It was indeed a bit of a shock when it was revealed but the Saudis don’t hate Israel as much as Iran does . Apparently they think it’s time the Palestinians came to a deal and shutup. Israel maintains more than 1 joint Saudi/Israel airfield . So this is possible, strange as it seems.

      • smoorega

        April 13, 2017 at 10:44 am

        Hillary and Obama were trying to install the Brotherhood so they could ram through their Saudi to Turkey pipeline (right thru Syria)…

    • Malice In Wonderland

      April 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Why is that so hard to believe? Have you ever asked yourself why the Saudi sponsored, Wahhabi terrorists have never targeted Israel? Have you ever asked yourself why Saudi Arabia doesn’t take any refugees from Palestine? In fact, do you ever take the time to actually critically think things through?

      Or are you happy to be spoon-fed what to think by our (ig)noble leaders and live in blissful ignorance?

      • Keith

        April 18, 2017 at 1:54 am

        Have you ever not been a tool when responding to someone whom you disagree with, or are you happy to be blissfully ignorant that you are pretentious and obnoxious? If you would like to have an intelligent conversation on why you think my statement is incorrect, let me know.

        • Malice In Wonderland

          April 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm

          What can I say mate other than I’m stupidity-intolerant, which might explain why having “an intelligent conversation” with you just never figured highly when I responded.

          • Keith

            April 18, 2017 at 9:20 pm

            Ah, a cunt as well. It’s ok, I saw that most of the responses you spew forth on Disqus are equally worthless trolling. I know it was a stretch to ask you to act intelligently so thanks for not disappointing.

  2. Luca Barbato

    April 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Saudi-Israel special base sounds really weird.

    • John Tucker

      April 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      its fake. like this article – “unnamed source” Milo is not what he claimed to be.

      • Jean Collier

        April 12, 2017 at 8:23 pm

        Milo is reporting what Robert Parry is saying.

    • Patrick Larson

      April 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      For F’s Sake. YOU GUYS ARE SO BEHIND. THE ALLIANCE EXISTS!!!! Type it in. Heaps comes up about it. Read what I wrote above the explanation as to why. Its existed since around the time of the Muslim Brotherhood coup in Egypt. TYPE IT IN!!!!! Do you people live under rocks??? EVERYONE OF YOU HERE ARE IGNORANT OF IT. GOBSMACKING. Check for yourselves. I put up a link but its waiting to be approved. Bloody Hell people. This journo is NOT an idiot. He’s right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Pierre Degare'

        April 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm

        You’re dealing with the profane….israelvans Saudi are sister states. They are best friends. They’ve been for sometime now going back into the 70s,80s…

  3. The Wale

    April 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Conspiracy theories galore, has he written a book of fiction and is promoting it?

    • Patrick Larson

      April 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      You’re another one!!! Saudi Arabia and Israel DO have an alliance. WHY DONT YOU PEOPLE KNOW????????????? Cave dwellers???? Read what I wrote above as to why they have this alliance. Iran is the mutual enemy of the Saudis AND Israel. Do you even know that there’s more than one sect of Islam.???? Iranians are Shias. Saudis are Sunnis and they hate each other more than non muslim countries. Have done for 1400 years. Saudi Arabia also thinks that the Palestinians should cut a deal, ‘get over it’ they say as Israel isn’t going anywhere now. They want them to shutup. Its Iran that is the most virulent hater of Israel. They fund much of it. Assad belongs to offshoot Shia sect. Iran is one of his main allies. Dots connecting???? It is quite plausible what’s in this article. LOOK UP THE ALLIANCE. HEAPS COMES UP. VERIFY WHAT I’M SAYING. No wonder the world’s stuffed. No one knows anything.

  4. GreeLee

    April 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    LOL – “Saudi-Israel” forces? That’s like worse than an oxymoron. April 1st was over a week ago.

    • Patrick Larson

      April 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      You are behind the times. THEY DO HAVE AN ALLIANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look it up. I put a link up for you but its waiting approval. Read what I wrote to Keith above. Its because Iran hates BOTH Israel and Saudi Arabia and is a threat to both.

      • smoorega

        April 13, 2017 at 10:41 am

        Finally. A voice of reason.

    • Patrick Larson

      April 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Plus Assad belongs to small offshoot sect of Shia Islam (Iran). SO IRAN IS HUGE ALLY OF ASSAD’S!!!!! Got it now??? Iran is the main mutual enemy of Israel and Saudi Arabia .

      • smoorega

        April 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

        So we are saying Assad really must go?

    • Malice In Wonderland

      April 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Good grief. Perhaps you should go back to whatever reality tv/nascar/x-box is your entertainment of choice because clearly geopolitics is something you have no grasp of.

  5. Tracy Swenson

    April 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    He may have been a good journalist,but this is complete nonsense.And citing someone from intelligence?? baha,must be someone Obama has left in there to stir shit.Our military has eyes on everthing,and there info is so accurate it’s eerie! So nice try..good lie

  6. Soleil

    April 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    The Saudis would not attack the rebels they are likely funding (to fight Iranian influence since Assad is alilied with Iran).

  7. KenPrescott

    April 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm


    And then you look around Consortium News, and discover that they believe the “October Surprise” theory re: Reagan is totes legit, despite the utter lack of evidence for same…

  8. ͕͗F͕͕͗͗i͕͕͗͗n͕͕͗͗d͕͕͗͗u͕͕͗͗s͕͗

    April 13, 2017 at 3:20 am

    So much evidences in this article. Oh wait…

  9. Dante Alighieri

    April 13, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Isn’t this a case of “Throw spaghetti at the wall, and see what sticks?”

  10. ssgtnelson

    April 13, 2017 at 7:40 am

    So this guy wrote an entire article, not because he had inside information or facts, but because someone withheld classified information in a report?

  11. RunningBulldog77

    April 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Saudi-Alien attack, no doubt.

  12. Dustin

    April 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    This entire article has the distinct odor of bovine excrement all over it !

  13. Edzepplin

    April 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Proof ? of course not. There is a coalition between the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia Egypt and other Sunni Arab gulf states to mitigate the influence of Iran and their proxies like Hezbollah on the middle east. Does this mean that they conspired a false flag chemical attack on women and children. Of course not. MSM has to start providing proof because no one trusts their honesty any more.

  14. Guest

    April 13, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Where did all “Saudi-Israel-connections-does-not-exist” trolls come from? Jeez.

    Just look at 911.

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