BERLIN, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission of President Bashar al-Assad, Germany's Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence.
Syrian brigade and division commanders had been asking the Presidential Palace to allow them to use chemical weapons for the last four-and-a-half months, according to radio messages intercepted by German spies, but permission had always been denied, the paper said.
This could mean Assad may not have personally approved the attack close to Damascus on Aug. 21 in which more than 1,400 are estimated to have been killed, intelligence officers suggested.
Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) could not be reached for comment.
Bild said the radio traffic was intercepted by a German naval reconnaissance vessel, the Oker, sailing close to the Syrian coast.
Last week the head of the BND, Gerhard Schindler, gave confidential briefings to the German parliament's defence and foreign affairs committees. Bild said Schindler told the defence committee that Syria's civil war could continue for years.
The chief of staff of Germany's armed forces, General Volker Wieker, also told lawmakers the influence of al-Qaeda linked forces with within the rebels was becoming stronger and stronger.
Members of the foreign affairs committee present at the briefing told Reuters Schindler had said that although the BND did not have absolute proof Assad's government was responsible, it had much evidence to suggest it was.
This included a phone call German spies intercepted between a Hezbollah official and the Iranian Embassy in Damascus in which the official said Assad had ordered the attack.
Germany, along with the European Union, blames the Syrian government for the attack but urged waiting for a report from U.N. weapons inspectors before any U.S.-led military response.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel repeated in an interview with Bild am Sonntag that Germany would not take part in any military intervention but that the use of chemical weapons should not go without response.
Merkel is fighting to win a third term in a federal election in two weeks. Germans are overwhelmingly opposed to military action in Syria.
The political analysts is of the opinion that UN should hold an impartial inquiry to find out who or those who violated the International law and used gas to kill innocent men , women and children.
It would be easy to find out by a thorough inquiry and investigation both simultaneously. It is needed because before the lone super power launches the operation on SYREA at the behest of a terrorist country Israel to ascertain if it is not Nitanyahu to satisfy his egoistic demand to Strike both SYREA and IRAN is trying to fire the guns from the shoulders of US. .
As Israel in particular Nitanyahu the PM, Bolton and many Jews in both the political Parties of US were demanding to strike both SYREA AND IRAN to satisfy their own targeted end of revenge on both.Now under adverse circumstances has made many to walk back over their desires.
In addition, Nitanyahu’s personal hate for the US President, might like to still strike SYREA by firing the guns from the shoulders of US and blame US for the war.
Further more with a view so that US could never ever be able to show its face to the World Community of Nations as an honest broker of peace and leader of the world or even an honest and good world police organization. This move is with the intent so that US would need Israel morbidly Israel as a helping hand and depends on it for ever. And that US would always need Israel as a walking stick is needed by an old person who needs the reliable walking stick to walk.In addition, on the other hand Israel could use US power necessary to relationship more effectively then Israel has now to to Extort from the world Community of Nations its own necessity easily whenever it needed. What a clever move of Jewish brain.
Intelligentsias are of the opinion that one should remain alert and highly cautious of Nitanyahu PM of Israel from believing him. In addition, quickly added that it would be better to rely and believe a venomous snake would not harm but Nitanyahu. They held strongly that if it is inevitable to select and to believe one out of Nitanyahu and the Snake it would would better to believe a snake.