The OPCW, once underpinned by their valuation of a Chain of Custody on evidence collection. That changed. How? I investigate.
This is the third part in the “M4000: The Sarin Deception” series which I focus in on the claim made that an M4000 Syrian aerial bomb was used to deliver sarin to Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017 and Al-Lataminah on 30 March 2017.
Given the limitations in some evidence, the Mission was not able to determine “with absolute certainty” the use of a chemical weapon, but was able to determine the presence of sarin on samples that came from the alleged site of the incident.
You may recall my report of the 18 August 2019 in which I addressed the claims made by Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat that he had, “established a Syrian M4000 Sarin bomb..was used in.. Khan Sheikhoun”. In that report, I showed how Eliot made that claim in the absence of supporting evidence. In this report, I will shift the focus to his claim an M4000 was also used at Lataminah on the 30 March 2017.
What caused the release of the alleged release of sarin at Khan Sheikhoun? Allegations abound and theories in abundance, Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat believed he’d found the smoking gun: an M4000 Syrian chemical bomb. But is he right? What does the evidence say?