MIT study of Ghouta chemical attack challenges US intelligence


16 Jan 2014

A new MIT report is challenging the US claim that Assad forces used chemical weapons in an attack last August, highlighting that the range of the improvised rocket was way too short to have been launched from govt controlled areas.

In the report titled “Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence,”   Richard Lloyd, a former UN weapons inspector, and Theodore  Postol, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT), examined the delivery rocket’s design and calculated  possible trajectories based on the payload of the cargo.

The authors concluded that sarin gas “could not possibly have  been fired at East Ghouta from the ‘heart’, or from the Eastern  edge, of the Syrian government controlled area shown in the  intelligence map published by the White House on August 30,  2013.”

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