December 10, 2013

Seymour Hersh's Chemical Misfire

Eliot Higgins, Foreign Policy

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Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, published an article over the weekend that calls into question who really launched the chemical weapons attack that brought the United States to the brink of war in Syria. In particular, Hersh focuses on the munitions used in the Aug. 21 sarin strike, widely blamed on Bashar al-Assad's regime. He raises doubts about whether the Syrian government would have used the munitions, which he claims were likely improvised and manufactured at a local machine shop; he asks whether they had the range to reach their targets from a distant military base; and he wonders aloud whether it could have been al Qaeda-affiliated rebels who carried out the attack. But Hersh is apparently unaware that there's a growing body of evidence that answers these...

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TAGGED: Seymour Hersh, Syria, Chemical Weapons, Barack Obama

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