The recent alleged chemical attack near Damascus was a “false flag” operation by the US and its allies to launch an attack against the Syrian government and prolong the wars in the Middle East, a geo-political expert in London says.

“Anyone with a brain knows that the so-called chemical weapons attack was a total false flag,” said Adam Garrie, the Director at Eurasia Future, a news and analysis website.

Syria and its main allies Iran and Russia must coordinate their efforts to prevent the American regime from launching attacks against the sovereign Syrian state,” Garrie told Press TV on Tuesday.

“The United States…is being run by a neocon (neoconservative) faction that is identical to the kind of ideology which ran the [former US President George] Bush regime,” he added.

Ron Paul says the claim that “Assad is gassing his own people is a total nonsense,” adding that the neocons are probably behind the recent chemical attack in Syria.

Former US Congressman and political analyst Ron Paul says the claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “is gassing his own people is a total nonsense,” adding that the American neoconservatives, who want a perpetual war in the Middle East, are probably behind the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Dr. Paul, a three-time American presidential candidate and the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, made the remarks in an interview on Monday while commenting on the alleged attack near the capital Damascus on Saturday.

The attack in the militant-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region left dozens dead and drew international condemnation from various countries and international bodies. The Assad government strongly rejected the allegation of using chemical munitions.

Asked who is behind the chemical attack, Dr. Paul said, “I don’t know. I think the least likely would be Assad. This whole idea of Assad, they say this over and over again, I probably heard it for ten times today: ‘Assad is gassing his own people.’ And they have said it every time it has happened, and then a month of two later it was proved that they were absolutely wrong. So I cannot see any reason why Assad would do this. There’s no reason that Russians have done this. There’s somebody who wants to stir up the trouble, and the people who want us to stay there.”

An initial assessment by the United States has not determined whether the chemical attack in Douma was carried out by Syrian government forces, according to Reuters.

The assessment also suggested that a nerve agent was used in the suspected poison attack, but further evidence was needed to determine the type of agent, US government sources told the news agency.

President Donald Trump has threatened to respond “forcefully” to the alleged chemical attack despite strong warnings from Russia.

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