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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Launchers For Munitions Linked To The August 21st Sarin Attack Filmed At Mezzeh Airbase

Since publishing my last post, Evidence Of The Syrian Army Using Munitions Linked To The August 21st Sarin Attack, which examined evidence of the high explosive variant of the munition linked to the August 21st Sarin attack (which I've dubbed UMLACAs) being fired from Mezzeh Airbase in Damascus, I've being searching through videos from the surrounding area, searching for more examples of the rockets being fired from the airbase.  What I've found are six videos from December 2012 and January 2013 showing the launchers for the UMLACAs in operation inside Mezzeh Airbase, clear evidence that the Syrian military had the equipment required to launch the munitions linked to the August 21st Sarin attack.

The following video, posted on December 23rd 2012, shows the clearest view of the munition being launched


The below image shows the clearest view of the munition, and I've adjusted the levels on the image to make the shape as clear as possible.


As you can see this matches the unusual shape of the UMLACA.  Below we see the launcher


This twin barreled launcher appears to be of the same type photographed in Aleppo in November 2012, shown below, with the second picture showing it apparently loaded with an UMLACA



We get a much clearer view of the launcher in the next two videos from Mezzeh airbase



Another two videos show what appears to be the same vehicle launching rockets from Mezzeh Airbase


With a sixth video showing a launcher with the same launch profile seen in the above videos


It seems there's an ever increasing body of evidence confirming the Syrian government are capable of launching the rockets used in the August 21st attack, and that they've been using those launchers since at least November 2012.  These videos are from one location in Damascus, but we know there's at least one video showing an UMLACA launch from Qadam railway station in Damascus, so it might be time to revisit some old videos showing rocket launches, and giving them an extra close look.

More posted on the subject of the August 21st attacks can be found here, and other posts on chemical weapons and Syria, including extremely informative interviews with chemical weapon specialists, can be found here.

You can contact the author on Twitter @brown_moses or by email at brownmoses@gmail.com.

20 comments:

  1. You know what I find amazing:

    In spite of the dizzying blizzard of CannibalTube videos, "Brown Moses" has never been able to show just how the Syrian Army's super-rockets worked so well to satisfy Assad's intended goal of killing piles of babies (always a propaganda coup for the aggressor), in such a neatly arranged way. Especially in a war-torn locale that civilians had long since evacuated.

    Here's what my wife calls a 'fact beyond change': only one side of the conflict had access to the "scene" before, during, and after those precious cameras got cued up--the side that eats innards.

    The smoke left behind by the rockets depicted in the post above neither creates a motive for the Syrian government nor hides the obvious one for those like Proyect and Claiborne, who make it a business, daily and nightly, to call for the killing in defense of alCIAda (and Marx).

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    1. "The smoke left behind by the rockets"

      I don't understand what you are saying the 'smoke' has to do with...?

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    2. "Smoke" prevents one from seeing things clearly, just as BM's hyper-technical analysis that reveals nothing intends to obfuscate the truth of this event. The Syrian government had no motive whatsoever for carrying out this attack and the alCIAda heart-eaters had every reason to provoke this campaign of manufactured outrage by the John Kerry's and Clay Claiborne's of the world.

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    3. Their motive is the same motive that made them firing SCUD towards cities, which is attacking the neighborhoods that support the rebels, did you know that most of the civilians that remained in Ghouta are families of rebels?

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    4. Sure thing. Was Elvis there, too? What about the San Diego Chicken? Ronald Reagan?

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    5. Shawn: So are your posts your audition to be the new Information Minister of the Syrian Ba'ath Party? Or are you just trolling?

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    6. Nope--just calling out the BS, spoon-fed by Horseface to the .001% of the world population clamoring for a world war. You're in an exclusive club, DDT: those who take John Kerry at his word!

      Moreover between the two of us, only one hopes to see Uncle Sam bombing Syria in defense of cannibals.

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  2. One of the videos is of a multi-barrel rocket launcher, not the twin barrel ones under discussion.

    Why is it included?

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  3. The 'evidence' you provide is flawed and misleading. Over the last two years the rebels have overrun many Syrian Army bases so they could have the very same military hardware that the Syrian government forces are using. It's not too dissimilar to John Kerry saying it was impossible for the rebels to have procured CW's .... Just a few weeks before Syrian affiliated rebels were indicted by Turkish prosecutors in charges related to sarin. Furthermore , you seem extremely selective over which videos you view as credible. The few I have seen (and I haven't watched many) appear to me to be carefully choreographed using actors of a standard similar to a small village hall production of an obscure play. Having resisted the rebels and their sponsors for over 2 years , Assad and his generals could hardly be described as stupid. Yet by using CW's two days after UN inspectors had arrived (at the Assad governments request , i believe) and only a few miles up the road from the where they were staying would be beyond belief. To summarise , if this case were to be taken to a court of law relying on all the information we have , I would not expect a conviction.

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  4. "Just a few weeks before Syrian affiliated rebels were indicted by Turkish prosecutors in charges related to sarin."

    Didn't it end up being antifreeze, not sarin...

    http://www.taraf.com.tr/haber/nerden-baksan-tutarsiz.htm

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    1. According to the pro-cannibal LA Times, the case is moving forward in Turkey. That alone tells us a great deal, seeing as the pro-cannibal government of Erdogan has supported the heart-eaters' campaign of terrorism from its inception.

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  5. There's been a fortuitously timed update in regard to the UMLACA's connection to the Iranian-built Falaq-2 system.

    During this year's military parade in Tehran to mark anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq, one of the systems shown was an unidentified rocket launcher that looks rather like the Falaq-2. I've been following Iran's parades since 2006 and I've never seen them parade these rockets before.

    http://www.iranmilitaryforum.net/military-discussions-and-news/september-2013-military-parade/50/
    (the images to which I am referring are found at the bottom of page 3. Credits to M-ATF for the photos)

    There's no way to estimate the scale for sure, but those two tubes look to be in the 333 mm range, and the smaller tubes on the side look like the 240 mm Falaq-1. The mount and setup has unique features when compared to both Syrian and Iranian launchers thus-far, but this bridges the gap between the two slightly. Specifically, it shows that a light, 2x-round mount for the system exists (recent pictures from Iran's defense export catalog showed a 3x-round launcher mounted on a 3-axle truck), which is what the Syrian's have been using.

    It's certainly not THE SAME launcher as the pictured above in Syria, but it's darn similar. Make of it what you will.

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    1. Hi Galen, it looks like the pictures aren't working anymore in the bottom posts, or is it just me?

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    2. Any luck now?

      http://oi41.tinypic.com/mwr3g7.jpg
      http://oi42.tinypic.com/sux5hu.jpg
      http://oi42.tinypic.com/sux5hu.jpg

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    3. Thanks, no idea why they aren't showing up for me on the forum.

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  6. What you are presenting us is a twin barreled Irianian 333 mm. Falaq-2 launcher. Do you know how 333 mm. Falaq-2 rocket looks like?

    http://rogueadventurer.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/falaq-2-falagh-2-iran-333mm-rocket-launcher.jpg?w=640

    Do you see any similarities between your 360 mm. UMLACA and this 333 mm. Falaq-2 launcher rocket?

    Try to be little bit more obecjtive with your ridiculous posts!

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