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 Sounds Of Dissent 
 Sarin gas attack long cited in push to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad
 Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst
 Sounds Of Dissent radio  
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Did rebels in Syria use sarin gas in 2013, rather than President Assad? Turkish member of parliament Eren Erdem cited evidence on December 10, 2015 that the Turkish government was complicit in delivery of sarin gas to Syrian rebels before the 2013 attack that killed hundreds in Ghouta, Syria.

Over a dozen retired CIA, State Dept., NSA and Army staffers have signed an open memo to Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asking for the evidence on who used the chemical weapons in Ghouta, Syria on August 21, 2013.

Although the sarin gas attack was two years ago, it remains a key claim U.S. officials and international diplomats use to justify removing from power Syria's legal head of state President Bashar Assad.
Do calls for regime change in Syria bear scrutiny? It was regime change in 2003 in Iraq that initiated the chaos and power vacuum leading to Islamic State's genesis and growth and Syria's civil war.

Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern discusses the memo a group of veteran intelligence professionals wrote about the conflicting claims on whether chemical weapons were used by Syria's President Assad or by rebels fighting him in the bloody civil war that's killed over 200,000.

Memo by veteran intelligence professionals is at
Ray McGovern's site is
Radio interview by John Grebe, first aired live on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on January 2, 2016.
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NOTE on pronunciation: Throughout the Arab world the Syrian President's name is pronounced AH-sahd. It is not pronounced ah-SAHD, despite U.S. officials' and major broadcasters' habit.

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1 hr, 10 min.
01:09:39 English 2016-01-02
 WZBC-FM Newton / Boston
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