October 4, 2013
The August chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital’s suburbs
was done by a Saudi Arabian black operations team, Russian diplomatic
sources have told a Russian news agency.
“Based on data from a number of sources a picture can be pieced
together. The criminal provocation in Eastern Ghouta was done by a black
op team that the Saudi’s sent through Jordan and which acted with
support of the Liwa Al-Islam group,” a source in the diplomatic circles
The attack and its consequences had a huge impact on the Syrian situation, another source said.
“Syrians of various political views, including some opposition
fighters, are seeking to inform diplomats and members of international
organizations working in Syria what they know about the crime and the
forces which inspired it,” he told the agency.
Liwa Al-Islam is an Islamist armed group operating near Damascus
headed by the son of a Saudi-based Salafi cleric. The group claimed
responsibility for the bombing of a secret governmental meeting in
Damascus in July 2012 that killed a number of top Syrian officials,
including Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, his deputy Asef Shawkat, and
Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani.