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The United States is trying to stop Russia from exposing its plans to launch false-flag chemical attacks amid the Syrian crisis, similar to a recent one in Idlib province, says a former US army psychological warfare officer.

“The American Pentagon realized that the Russians know the plan, the Russians have seen the plan, and are about to expose the plan which is then orchestrated by US, Turkey, Israeli Mossad as well as Saudi Arabia and their mercenaries that are operating in Syria,” Scott Bennet told Press TV in an interview on Tuesday.

US warships deployed to the eastern Mediterranean launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against Shayrat Airfield, southeast of the western Syrian city of Homs, on Friday. Without providing any evidence, Washington is alleging that the attack came in response to a chemical attack by the Syrian government in Khan Shaykhun.

Demonstrators protest US military involvement in the Syrian war in San Francisco, California, on April 7, 2017.  (Photo by AFP)

Syria has categorically denied carrying out the gas attack, with the foreign ministry stressing that an Idlib airstrike had targeted a depot, where terrorists stored chemical weapons.

US confusing the issue

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also asserted that the country’s intelligence agencies have proof that the chemical attack was a false-flag one.

“That’s a very explosive revelation by President Putin,” noted the San Francisco-based analyst. “He and the Russian intelligence services know that the US is participating, if not planning, in the false-flag chemical attacks, which are complete propaganda in order to justify action against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference in Moscow on April 11, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Bennet made comments in regard to US claims that Russians knew ahead of time that chemical weapons would be used in the attack.

According to a senior US official speaking to AP on condition of anonymity, a Russian surveillance drone was flying over a hospital, where victims of the attack were being brought for treatment.    

“That hospital area has been noted as one of the spots where people have been kidnapped [by terrorists]… so this is an area that the Russians know about very well; this is not anything new,” Bennet asserted, suggesting that might have been the reason behind the drone flight.

By claiming that Moscow was aware of the chemical attack, the United Sates is “simply trying to get ahead of that to blur and confuse the issue.”