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MIT Study of Ghouta Atack Challenges US Claim that Assad Forces Used Chemical Weapons Last August!


  • MIT study of Ghouta chemical attack challenges US intelligence! 
    A new MIT report is challenging the US claim that Assad forces used chemical weapons in an attack last August, highlighting that the range of the improvised rocket was way too short to have been launched from govt controlled areas.

    In the report titled “Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence,”   Richard Lloyd, a former UN weapons inspector, and Theodore  Postol, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT), examined the delivery rocket’s design and calculated  possible trajectories based on the payload of the cargo.  

    The authors concluded that sarin gas “could not possibly have  been fired at East Ghouta from the ‘heart’, or from the Eastern  edge, of the Syrian government controlled area shown in the  intelligence map published by the White House on August 30,  2013.”  

    Based on mathematical calculations, Lloyd and Postol estimate the  rocket with such aerodynamics could not travel more than 2  kilometers. To illustrate their conclusion, the authors included  the original White House map that depicted areas under Assad  control and those held by the opposition. Based on the firing  range and troop locations on August 21, the authors conclude that  all possible launching points within the 2 km radius were in  rebel-held areas.

    “This mistaken intelligence could have led to an unjustified US  military action based on false intelligence. A proper vetting of  the fact that the munition was of such short range would have led  to a completely different assessment of the situation from the  gathered data,” the report states.  

    The authors emphasize that the UN independent assessment of the  range of the chemical munition is in “exact agreement”   with their findings.  

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