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Syrian government dismisses report on sarin attack

 

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government on Saturday dismissed a report by the international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack in northern Syria, saying it lacked "any credibility".

 

Western governments including the United States have said the Syrian government carried out the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun which killed dozens of people. The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons.

 

The attack prompted a U.S. missile strike against a Syrian air base which Washington said was used to launch the strike. The report into the attack was circulated to members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, but was not made public.

 

In a statement, the Syrian foreign ministry said the fact-finding team had based its report on "the testimonies offered by terrorists in Turkey". Turkey is a major backer of the Syrian opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

 

After interviewing witnesses and examining samples, the fact-finding mission of the OPCW concluded that "a large number of people, some of whom died, were exposed to sarin or a sarin-like substance".

 

Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, has described the report as biased.

 

The attack on April 4 in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northern Idlib province was the most deadly in Syria's civil war in more than three years. Western intelligence agencies had also blamed the Assad government. Syrian officials have repeatedly denied using banned toxins in the conflict.

 

A joint United Nations and OPCW investigation has found Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks in 2014 and 2015 and that Islamic State militants used mustard gas.

 

Syria joined the chemicals weapons convention in 2013 under a Russian-U.S. agreement, averting military intervention under then U.S. President Barack Obama.

 

The United States said on Wednesday the Syrian government appeared to have heeded a warning this week from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons attack.

 

Russia warned it would respond proportionately if the United States took pre-emptive measures against Syrian forces after Washington said on Monday it appeared the Syrian military was preparing to conduct a chemical weapons attack.

 

 
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It's not easy to gauge what's true or not.  There's a new sheriff on the world stage, and he tells lies easier than switching wives.

 

The US used to be somewhat reliable re; calamitous world events.  Now its credence is down the toilet, and it's only partly due to the Dufus in Chief denigrating the CIA and State Dept., partly by not bothering to put staff hundreds of positions.  The US has been asleep at the wheel re; f int'l affairs. Other countries will step up to the plate to fill the vacuum = China, Germany, Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, to name a few.  I would name the UK, but it lost influence via Brexit.

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11 hours ago, boomerangutang said:

It's not easy to gauge what's true or not.  There's a new sheriff on the world stage, and he tells lies easier than switching wives.

 

The US used to be somewhat reliable re; calamitous world events.  Now its credence is down the toilet, and it's only partly due to the Dufus in Chief denigrating the CIA and State Dept., partly by not bothering to put staff hundreds of positions.  The US has been asleep at the wheel re; f int'l affairs. Other countries will step up to the plate to fill the vacuum = China, Germany, Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, to name a few.  I would name the UK, but it lost influence via Brexit.

I wish Trump could read your post............ and get some idea what the world thinks of him.............

I'm American............. and I would like to continue to be 'proud' to be American...........

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