According to a report by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in the German newspaper Die Welt said, in spite of intelligence warnings that no evidence was found relating to the Syrian government to the Sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, the US President Donald Trump decided to endorse a missile strike on a Syrian air base. An American officer is reported to have told his colleagues when he came up to learn of the decision to bomb the Syrian airbase with Tomahawk missiles that “We KNOW that there was no chemical attack … the Russians are furious. Claiming we have the real Intel and know the truth … I guess it didn’t matter whether we elected Clinton or Trump”.
The Die Welt report claims that there was a targeted strike on April 4 by the Syrians on a building in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, which held some high-profile Jihadists. Unknown to the Syrians and the Russians, the basement of the building apparently comprised lots of Chlorine-based decontaminants along with fertilizers and herbicides (for local consumption) which, when lit burning up down released neurotoxins similar to Sarin that may eventually result in a lot of casualties, including children, in the spot. Hersh reported that having recently been told by some intelligence officials on the ground that there was clearly a detachment between President Trump and many of his advisors about the incident in Khan Sheikhoun. In the report, he said that US armed service officials were warned in advance by the Russians and Syrians about the approaching strike to reduce the effects of Jihadists in Khan Sheikhoun.
“Did the Syrians plan the attack on Khan Sheikhoun? Absolutely. Do we have intercepts to prove it? Absolutely. Did they plan to use sarin? No. But the president did not say: ‘We have a problem and let’s look into it.’ He wanted to bomb the shit out of Syria,” an advisor told Hersh. A lot of the photographs posted to the internet children suffocated and being cared for at hospitals with symptoms similar to a nerve system agent-based chemical attack. At least 70 people were reported to be murdered in the attack. Following the attack was extensively reported in the press, Trump took the opportunity to last out at the Syrian government and President Bashar-al Assad for killing innocent babies. Hersh stated that despite officials saying Trump about no confirmation of Syria using Sarin on its people, the US President went ahead to order a missile attack on the Shayrat airbase in Syria as a caution.
Talking about Hersh, he is famous for his investigative story on the prisoner mistreatment at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by US officials and the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War for which he was honored the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.