Report: Syrian Chemical Weapons Chief Killed in Car Bombing

According to reports, Dr. Aziz Asbar ran a scientific development center in Masyaf, which was previously attacked several times ■ Syrian opposition blames attack on Assad regime, says he was very familiar with Syria's chemical weapons use against civilians


[Editor’s note: This assassination by car bomb is likely to have been the work of either the Israelis or the US, as they are the two actors responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria by their proxy forces, there has been no use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Army or it’s allies. The purpose of the killing is unclear, but Dr. Asbar is likely to have been one of the most important figures able to identify evidence of use of chemical weapons in Syria and his death will be a major setback to any Syrian efforts to correctly identify residue of chemical weapons use in order to properly treat the victims. Ian]

Report: Syrian Chemical Weapons Chief Killed in Car Bombing

A senior Syrian chemical weapons development scientist was killed Saturday overnight when his car exploded in the city of Masyaf in northwestern Syria, Al-Manar news reported.

According to reports, Dr. Aziz Asbar ran a scientific development center in the city, which was attacked several times before. The blast also killed his personal driver.

Al-Manar, which dubbed Asbar a “patriotic scientist,” reported the explosion occurred minutes after Asbar left his house. He ran the northern bureau for research and science and was considered close to several power players in the Assad regime.

Websites associated with the regime posited the possible assassination was part of an effort intelligence agencies to hinder chemical weapons development in Syria, among them Israel.

Several strikes on Masyaf have been attributed to Israel in recent years, the last of which was on July 22.

The Syrian opposition blamed the attack on the Assad regime, claiming Asbar was very familiar with Syria’s chemical weapons deployment and its use against civilians. Syrian authorities have yet to comment on the matter.

According to U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the center Asbar managed housed a missile warehouse, and opposition forces reported Iranian presence in the region.

It was previously reported the chemical weapons development facility supplied weapons to the Assad army and Lebanon-based Hezbollah.

Al-Manar is a Lebanese satellite television station associated with Hezbollah. It is banned in the United States, France, Germany and Spain.

Last week, Syrian state media reported that air defences had destroyed a “hostile target” west of the capital Damascus.

“Our air defences confronted a hostile target and destroyed it west of Damascus,” the state news agency SANA said, quoting a military source.

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  1. Casting Pearls Before Swine

    This has all the hallmarks of an Israeli secret mission. The following appeared in July of last year in Expert Legal Review: with a typical Goebbels blast of Zionist Nazi propaganda.

    “Chief of Israeli Air Force … Amos Yadlin, who is former leader of Israeli intelligence tweeted that the Masyaf strike was … an intentional attack on “Syrian military-scientific centre for the development and manufacture of, among other things, precision missiles”.

    “The factory that was targeted in Masyaf produces the chemical weapons and barrel bombs that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians,” he added.”

    Yesterday’s hit on Dr. Aziz Asbar smacks of desperation by the Tel Aviv terrorists to either hide past acts of aggression – as you rightly suspect Ian, or an attempt to ease the way to an upcoming gas attack they intend to blame and offload on Assad and Putin’s forces. It is just what you expect of lingering rats aboard a sinking ship. It is now when everything seems somewhat secure that the Syrians and Russians on heightened alert need to step up on personal security against similar attacks on individuals like Dr. Asbar acting in the national interest. “Don’t cast your pearls before Israeli swine!”

  2. It occurred to me that should Syria seek to prosecute the suppliers of the chemical weapons used by the ‘rebels’ in the international courts, this sadly murdered doctor would be one of the key people to put together the evidence.

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