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US Sub Spotted Near Mediterranean Amid Warnings of Staged Chem Attack in Syria

© Photo : YouTube/AiirSource Military Los Angeles-class Fast Attack Submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763)
Los Angeles-class Fast Attack Submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) - Sputnik International
Earlier this week, the Russian Ministry of Defense warned that the so-called White Helmets had delivered a large shipment of toxic substances to local armed militant groups that have been plotting to stage a chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib.

The US Navy's Los Angeles-class submarine USS Newport News armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles has entered the port of Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar Chronicle reported.

READ MORE: Russian MoD: White Helmets Preparing to Stage Chemical Attack in Idlib

According to the media outlet, the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine was spotted near the port on Thursday, with a Spanish customs boat being intercepted by a Gibraltar Defense Police vessel once it approached the US vessel.

Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a tomahawk land attack missile in Mediterranean Sea which U.S. Defense Department said was a part of cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017. - Sputnik International
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The Gibraltar Chronicle cited the US Department of Defense as saying that the submarine's arrival was a “scheduled logistical visit.”

Over the past two weeks, there has been a great deal of speculation about the possibility of a chemical weapons attack in Syria, with Russian military officials warning of an upcoming provocation that would trigger a new round of Western strikes against Bashar Assad’s government.

On Friday, CNN reported that facilities allegedly connected with the production of chemical weapons may be among the principal targets that would be hit if the US administration deemed Damascus had indeed used chemical agents against civilians.

To that end, the destroyer USS The Sullivans armed with 56 cruise missiles arrived in the Persian Gulf a couple of days ago, while a US В-1В bomber carrying 24 air-to-surface AGM-158 JASSM cruise missiles had been deployed to Al Udeid air base in Qatar, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Last Sunday, Konashenkov warned that militants from the Tahrir al-Sham group were preparing to stage a provocation in Idlib province in order to accuse Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians.

Damage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria - Sputnik International
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On Tuesday, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation stated that the so-called White Helmets had delivered a large shipment of toxic substances to a warehouse used by Ahrar al-Sham militants in Idlib in order to stage a false-flag attack and blame it on the government's troops.

During a joint presser with his Russian counterpart earlier this week, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that the White Helmets group had kidnapped 44 children to stage the false-flag attack.

In April 2018, a vast number of Western media outlets and the While Helmets reported that Syrian government forces had used chemical weapons against civilians in the city of Douma.

READ MORE: Syrian FM: White Helmets Kidnapped 44 Children to Stage Chemical Attack in Idlib

Irrespective of the lack of evidence, the US, France and the UK carried out a series of coordinated airstrikes against several targets in Syria that allegedly stored chemical weapons.

The Syrian government has strongly denied the accusations, saying that the Jaish al-Islam terror group had staged the attack to encourage foreign airstrikes against Syria.

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