How Bashar al-Assad Gassed His Own People | NYT – Visual Investigations
the us including a chemical attack in April it kills dozens of us left right to this day attack ever took place finding out what really happened Masters entire families were killed under a she went to Great Lengths to conceal the evidence our investigation is the most detailed reconstruction attack so far we analyze the troll videos and interview dozens of witnesses and experts we scoured some evidence but the investigative group model of the crime scene we sent the wrong one building to confirm Square the attack Happened One bomb that shows who carries it out and playing the victims who symptoms tell us what happened at lethal chemical attack be evidence combined exposes Syria and Russia slice when was Goku created about the concrete evidence is right here first understand why do love with the target update the Syrian military had launched the crew 2 campaign for 5 years the strategy to terrorize the population into submission it worked the regime began gradually ceasing town after town and Uma was the last Play Holding Out we’re going to focus on this one street I’m going to use that to reach an underground tunnel that linked up with them as last functioning hospital and the street may have been targeted for that reason in just two days the bombing leveled entire buildings one after the other and then on this apartment building a chemical weapon was dropped asada’s offer two explanations for the attack chemical weapons and they use it intentionally though there was no initial investigation because his forces took control of the crime scene I need Witnesses activist or bust out the first Outsiders allowed to visit the site for Russian media who broadcast their own distorted version of events unwittingly gave us Visual Evidence to find the truth of what happened we couldn’t visit the site but we work for forensic architecture weight of evidence begins we confirmed it’s where the bomb felt by geolocation this mosque the school and apartment block seeing from the balcony and we made a model of the building by analyzing the video taken inside soon after the attack and mopping architectural details as First Responders moved from floor to floor Adventure Rooms gruesome at the videos were they confirmed these bodies were found at the building that was his we counted 34 victims men women and children spread across to flow I’m in the stairwell now we look at the phone it’s ringing and casing tell us who dropped this Frost sounds of planets happened on black residue indicates flooring was used the bomb itself is a crude chemical weapon a pressurized flooring tank designs for blue open an impact on this debris tells us it was rigged to fall from the sky control C airspace opposition Fighters don’t have aircraft around are small and here in the remains we see straps another way infants when we reassemble this Twisted Metal in our model of the balcony it becomes a cylindrical rigging and it fits right onto the canister this is almost identical to the second bomb found in straps and hooks so it can attach two helicopters release system is to create drag and stabilize the bomb is at fault on small axles styles of a helicopter clearly the bomb on the balcony was designed to drop from the sky consistent with a falling nose down from above and piercing the ceiling but most importantly this imprint reviews on the underside of the canister line beside is a crumpled metal lattice that we can covers it’s Dimensions precisely fit the pattern seared onto the canister was made by the force of impact when the bomb crashed through the metal lattice and down to the Conch our conclusion is that had to drop from the sky we have evidence dropping them off Toca Hospital in Alabama not in saraqib just two months before the attack on Duma and on many more occasions Airbase on the night of the attack it was the staging point from many bombing runs. Date soon after the helicopters were seeing circling Costa tuna this was around the time that medicine octopus in Dumont began reporting attack on Twitter on WhatsApp we verified they were in Tuma and the details much other with those interviews we took now the evidence that the bomb was also dropped around this time this video was filmed by one of the first people to enter the building after the attack his camera light catches of object we know it’s the bomb because our model of the building shows it’s in the precise position that the bomb landed it even matches the shape and Contour of the canister but what about the color the white is a layer of frost that experts telescopes the underside of a tank when the liquid left inside they call it auto Refrigeration phenomenon the frost supports that we know because we track down the timer Mount who sent us the video fighter later from his cell phone experts told us the frost can remain 4 hours on this lined up for the time frame given and witness accounts all that night the last clue on the bottom is this black residue mixes with water or in this case Frost it forms an acid that corrodes the map of creation of dark compound so far we want soft Frost we now see black corrosion it’s further evidence that this was a chlorine attack so far this collection of evidence helps us understand where the attack happened when it happened who did and the chemical that was used our final and perhaps most damning evidence of the videos of the victims that we verified worth turn off the building by Medics and media activists they show that this was a lethal chemical attack we weren’t qualified to diagnose the symptoms so we Enlisted the help of expert Decades of experience in chemical weapons exposure warning this raw footage is very graphic some experts Identify two clear signs of exposure to chlorine chlorine gas actually turns into an acid the tissues produce a lot of mucus South Milford to as a frothy mucous therapeutic corneal burn the eyes appear Almost White this could happen from exposure to a chlorine gas a Us official told us chlorine Anthony of agent sarin were found in blood sample taken from Duma so a second chemical may also have been used but the experts all agree that these victims were not buy Conventional Weapons lastly the locations of the victim suggest what happened inside chlorine gas is twice as heavy as air and sinks instead of rising exactly what to do if they smell of the victims were found on the staircase Sheltering in the basement from the intense bombardment they moved up stairs once they smelled chlorine they couldn’t have known it was coming from the roof or that they were moving into a death drop the Doom was not an isolated incident it’s just the latest in a string of chemical attacks to take back to 2013 and leaked material we obtained from the UN as implicated the Syrian regime in attacks in 2018 alone taking this a whole day represent what we believe is a deliberate strategy of Bashar al-assad to poison his own people these are war crimes but the prime suspect continues to roam freelySyrian officials say there wasn’t a chemical attack. But what really took place in the town of Douma in April? We analyzed 67 videos to reconstruct how at least 34 people died in one apartment building.
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