OPCW: Sarin Or Similar Substance Used In Suspected Syria Chemical Attack

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

Earlier in the day, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons, a global watchdog, said sarin or a similar banned toxin was used in the April 4 strike in Syria's Idlib province.The findings supported earlier testing by Turkish and British laboratories.

"There is a clear sense of paranoia", a senior defense official told Fox News about the movement of large numbers of Syrian aircraft after the strike.

"If today we were millions tomorrow even more of us need to come out", said opposition governor and two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, who last week was barred from running for office for 15 years.

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared the Iran nuclear deal a failure on Wednesday but left open the possibility the Trump administration will uphold it nonetheless. It was the first direct USA attack on the Syrian government's facilities.

The US has not ruled out additional strikes against the regime should it opt to use chemical weapons in the future.

The movement of the aircraft to the air base at Bassel Al-Assad International Airport began shortly after the US's April 6 Tomahawk cruise missile strike on Sharat air base, which destroyed some 24 Syrian warplanes in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that the USA says Syria launched from that airfield. In response, the United States fired almost 60 missiles at a Syrian air base it suspected of being the launching pad for the attack. Despite rising tensions with Russian Federation, the U.S. remains committed to preventing further chemical attacks by the Syrian government. The fighting has killed an estimated 400,000 people and displaced half of Syria's population. Israel welcomed the strike on its northern neighbor. Iran and Hezbollah, both bitter enemies of Israel, along with Russian Federation have sent forces to support Assad.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on April 6 that he was "100 percent certain" that the attack was "directly ordered and planned by Assad".

The army has issued their assessment two weeks after a chemical attack that killed almost 90 people in Syria.

The disarmament, which was carried out amid a chaotic conflict, has always been the subject of some doubt, and there is evidence that the Islamic State group and other insurgents have acquired chemical weapons.

The entire stockpile was said to have been dismantled and shipped out under worldwide supervision in 2014 and destroyed.

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