The contemporary term ‘false flag’ describes covert operations that are designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own.

Example of false flag operations abound. In 1953, the CIA launched Operation Ajax in order to overthrow Iran’s democratically elected leader, Mohammed Mosaddiq, and replace him with the Shah. The aim was to depose of Iran’s nationalized Anglo-Persian Oil Company and install five U.S. oil companies to take over Iran’s oil fields.  “Operation Ajax was intended to teach tyrants and aspiring tyrants that the world’s most powerful governments were willing to tolerate limitless oppression as long as oppressive regimes were friendly to the West and to Western oil companies.”

In 1954 Israeli agents planted bombs in several Egyptian, American and British-owned cinemas, libraries and educational centers including a US diplomatic facility, and framed eight Egyptian Muslims as the perpetrators. A public trial exposed the Israeli spy ring and the covert operation.

The Gulf of Tonkin incident, a major escalator of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, never actually occurred. The government essentially staged—or at the very least, utilized a patently false report—in order to manufacture a geopolitical narrative with a ready-made enemy, the North Vietnamese. The original incident—also sometimes referred to as the U.S.S. Maddox Incident— involved the destroyer supposedly engaging three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats as part of an intelligence patrol. President Lyndon Johnson promptly drafted the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which became his administration’s legal justification for a major military build-up that prolonged the war another eleven years.

A Mossad agent admitted in 1984 that Israel planted a radio transmitter in Gaddaffi’s compound d in Tripoli, Libya that broadcast fake terrorist transmissions in order to frame him as a terrorist supporter. Ronald Reagan bombed Libya immediately thereafter killing one of Gaddaffi’s children.

High-level American intelligence sources now admit that the Turkish government—fellow NATO country and US ally—carried out the chemical weapons attack blamed on the Syrian government in 2013. A high-ranking Turkish government official recently confirmed this to be true.

In The Syrian, I treat the assassination of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rafic Hariri as a false flag operation. I contend that Israel along with the CIA killed Hariri to frame Syria. I believe that truth is often times best told through fiction and so in the story I have Sonia Rizk, an investigative reporter, investigate the assassination. What follows are the details of her investigation.

On February 14, 2005, Rafic Hariri, along with twenty-one others, was killed in a massive explosion when his motorcade passed by the St. George Hotel along the Corniche. Lebanese officials claimed a Mitsubishi truck laden with TNT, parked near the site of the crime, was detonated as Hariri’s motorcade passed. However, French investigators were quick to point out that a surface explosion could not have left a crater some 40 feet by 12 feet deep.

French military experts further argued that the explosion was caused by a new weapon combining nuclear and nanotechnology that triggered the explosion. The blast that killed Hariri generated a blast of extreme heat and of brief duration. This would explain why the flesh exposed to the blast was instantly carbonized, and why the part of the body facing the ground did not burn. High density objects like Hariri’s gold watch absorbed the heat and were destroyed but low density things like his shirt collar, which didn’t have time to absorb the heat, were unaffected.

One of the passengers who survived was flown to a French military hospital where it was discovered that he’d come in contact with enriched uranium, clearly pointing to some kind of penetrating weapon with a delayed fusing system that allowed it to penetrate a surface before it exploded. Because the explosion occurred within a small area, the energy from the blast caused the huge crater and was likely launched from a plane, or a small missile fired from a drone.

Since Hariri’s car was equipped with a sophisticated jamming device it would have been impossible to trigger the explosion by remote control without first deactivating the interference system built into the car. The system was made by Netline Communications, an Israeli-owned company.

There is evidence that an Israeli drone was monitoring Hariri’s route the day he was killed, and that the U.S. was flying AWACS over Lebanon that day. Their live feeds would have helped to establish the presence of a drone and its flight pattern, but the U.S. refused to hand over the footage to Lebanese authorities.

While Sonia’s facts are speculative, they, nevertheless, raise questions about a possible false flag operation since both the US and Israel wanted Syria to remove its 35,000 troops from Lebanon. What better way to accomplish this than to carry out such an operation and then blame Syria for the Prime Minister’s death.

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