By Walid al-Ghanim
08-04-2014: The Assad regime is reportedly planning another chemical weapons attack on the East Ghouta region of Damascus province in the near future, specifically on Jobar, according to a report from a credible regime insider who leaked information on the planned attack to the FSA.
The regime insider reported that during a meeting held on Friday April 4th with senior regime security officials and senior officers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which now controls the regime’s military strategy, Bashar al Assad discussed how best to halt the advance of the FSA in the East Ghouta area.
According to information supplied to the FSA by the regime insider, the decision to launch another chemical weapons attack on Jobar, considered the first line of contact with the regime-controlled areas of Damascus, was taken with the help of Iranian military experts in the use of chemical weapons, who are working closely with the Assad regime.
The FSA official told Saudi newspaper Okaz that the Iranian officials had proposed that Assad use Iranian-manufactured chemical weapons to avoid any problems caused by the UN’s insistence on closing down a number of the regime’s own CW manufacturing facilities.
The regime insider reportedly explained that the high-level security meeting took place after the regime became aware of an opposition plan to launch an attack on Damascus on Sunday April 6th; this apparently followed the discovery by regime forces of reports of a number of subterranean tunnels under Damascus used by resistance forces to access various areas cut off by the ongoing crippling regime siege.
The regime has continued its regular use of poison gas against various locations in East Ghouta since its major chemical weapons attack on the region in August 2013 in which over 1,700 civilians many of them women and children, were killed.
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