UK PM May says highly likely Syrian government behind poison gas attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 22:41
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has broken his silence over a deadly chemical weapons attack that killed scores of civilians, describing it as a "fabrication" to justify American military action.
'Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists'.
The World Health Organization and The Associated Press have separately reported around 90-100 people were killed in the April 4 attacks.
Assad further claimed the Syrian Arab Army relinquished all of its chemical weapons stock under the terms of a 2013 deal brokered between the USA and Russian Federation. A sarin gas attack in 2013 reportedly killed more than 1,400 people in a Damascus suburb. "Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched".
A wave of worldwide condemnation follows, with several governments accusing Assad of responsibility.
The United States intelligence community concluded that Syrian forces were behind the chemical attack, using aerial intelligence, local reporting, and samples taken from victims of the attack in its assessment. Central Command said the strike was launched Tuesday. "They want to use it as an umbrella for the terrorists", he said.
The last Administration under President Obama said he would draw the line on chemical weapons.
On April 6, US President Donald Trump threatens Syria, calling the attack "egregious" and an "affront to humanity". President Vladimir Putin says that accusing Assad without proof is "unacceptable".
An open source investigation by journalist Elliot Higgins pieces together the timeline of the Khan Sheikhoun attack and attempts to debunk previous claims by the government in Damascus and Russian Federation that the chemical cloud was released after Syrian jets targeted a rebel weapons depot in the town.
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Trump calls on all "civilised nations" to seek an end to the conflict in Syria.
He added that "morally" the Syrian government would never do this "because it's not acceptable".
Asked about strategies going forward, Wicker said Tuesday that it would have been easier if the US had "shown a little more muscle three years ago". Pentagon chief Jim Mattis says the United States strike destroyed a fifth of the Assad regime's remaining warplanes.
Adams' comments were confirmed by British Prime Minister Theresa May who said during a televised statement on Thursday: "We believe it is highly likely that the attack was carried out by the Assad regime". We don't have any chemical weapons. It's not clear whether it happened or not, how can you verify a video?
"It's stage one, the play [they staged] that we saw on social network and TVs, then propaganda and then stage two, the military attack", he said, questioning the authenticity of the video footage.