US: Assad regime used chlorine as chemical weapon
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US: Assad regime used chlorine as chemical weapon

An affected baby receives medical treatment after Assad militias conduct gas attacks on Sakba and Hammuriye of Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria on March 07, 2018. Dia Al Din Samout | AA | Getty Images
Orient Net
Date: 2019-09-27 12:23
Chlorine use in May marks first confirmed violation of ban since Trump authorized airstrikes in 2018 over Syria’s use of poison gas

The United States has concluded that the Assad regime used chlorine as a chemical weapon in May, marking the first confirmed violation of the ban on chemical weapons since Donald Trump authorized airstrikes in 2018 over Syria’s use of poison gas.

“The Assad regime is responsible for innumerable atrocities some of which rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, told a news conference in New York on Thursday (Sep. 26), where he has been attending the UN general assembly.

“Today I am announcing that the United States has concluded that the Assad regime used chlorine as a chemical weapon on 19 May,” Pompeo said.

The US said in May it had received numerous reports that appeared consistent with chemical exposure after an attack by Assad regime militias on Idlib province in north-west Syria, but it had made no definitive conclusion as to whether they used chemical weapons.

The Trump administration has twice bombed Syria over Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons, in April 2017 and April 2018.

The US, Britain and France launched airstrikes in April 2018 against what they described as three Syrian chemical weapons targets in retaliation for a suspected gas attack that killed scores of people in a Damascus suburb earlier that month.

Assad launched an offensive at the end of April this year on Idlib and parts of adjacent provinces, saying insurgents had broken a truce.

This is different in some sense because it was chlorine but know that President Trump has been pretty vigorous in protecting the world from the use of chemical weapons, Pompeo said, declining to say what the US response could be.

Pompeo said Washington had also added sanctions on two Russian entities for providing fuel to the Assad regime. Russia supports Assad in the more than eight-year-long Syrian war.

Based on The Guardian

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