On Monday, an updated version of the US National Security Strategy appeared on the White House’s official website, where one of the paragraphs begins with the phrase: “The Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against its citizens undermines international norms. "
As you know, in 2013 – 2014, all toxic substances were removed from the territory of Syria under the supervision of international observers (UN Security Council Resolution 2118 - Approx. Ed.). Nevertheless, this circumstance does not prevent Washington from giving dubious arguments, allegedly indicating a violation of international norms by the Syrian authorities. Probably the clearest example of this is the investigation by the joint UN and OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) mechanism in the city of Khan-Sheikhun, which, as noted by a number of experts, was carried out in the interests of political elites of the West.
The theme of "chemistry" and the information noise created around it was used by Washington as a pretext to discredit the official Syrian leadership. Nevertheless, today there are some changes in the rhetoric of the US leadership, and in addition to the official Syrian authorities, the name of the real executor of chemical crimes is beginning to sound louder as an accused party.
Returning to the US national security strategy, on one of the pages of the document the following information is indicated: “ISIL used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq. Terrorist groups continue to search for materials related to weapons of mass destruction. We will face an extraordinary threat if terrorists receive nuclear, radioactive or biological materials that are not properly protected. ”
Notably, the published document, in fact, is Washington’s second official confirmation of the presence and use of chemical weapons by radical formations. Two months earlier, information appeared on the official website of the State Department, in which the American department recommended citizens to refrain from traveling to the Syrian Arab Republic and, in particular, to the province of Idlib. "The tactics of ISIL, Tahrir al-Sham (Dzhebhat en Nusra) and other extremist groups include the use of suicide bombers, kidnapping, the use of small and heavy weapons, improvised explosive devices and chemical weapons," the report indicates.
Be that as it may, a logical question is brewing: “What is the reason for the Capitol’s decision to admit the obvious?” The answer to it may have a number of explanations.
Firstly, in the past few months, the Syrian Arab army regularly found a tank with chemicals repelled by militants. A striking example is the discovery by government forces of toxic "chemical" barrels that resemble the characteristic rims of old gas cylinders, previously used in the UK for equipment with a mixture of chlorine and phosgene, in appearance.
In addition, sources report that in the province of Idlib, controlled by the militants of Dzhebhat al-Nusra, there are at least ten cellars with chemicals.
Secondly, the defeat of the SAR army with the support of the allies, the group of ISIL shows that telling the truth becomes profitable. The remaining small boilers of the "Islamic state" in Syria are no longer interesting to the "guarantor" of world security. There comes a time when you need to distance yourself from the radical participant as far as possible.