Watchdog says 'incontrovertible' sarin used in Syria attack

Watchdog says 'incontrovertible' sarin used in Syria attack

Syria's presidential advisor Buthaina Shaba'an said on Wednesday that her government's main ally, Russia, assured the Syrian government that there will be no more U.S. strikes on Syrian military positions.

Israeli military officials have said the regime still has up to three tonnes of chemical weapons. Spicer had to later clarify that if the barrel bombs-a weapon routinely used by Syrian forces-contained chemical agents, then a military response would be possible.

The director general for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, said Wednesday that analysis of samples from victims of the Khan Sheikhoun attack showed "incontrovertible" results that "sarin or a sarin-like substance" was used in the attack.

The Syrian government has relocated the majority of its combat planes to protect them from potential United States strikes, two U.S. defense officials told CNN Wednesday.

Sarin is a nerve agent banned under global law which attacks the body's central nervous system, causing nausea, drooling, difficulty breathing, blurred vision and loss of control of bodily functions.

"They would also like more American support in fighting terrorism in the Sinai peninsula", said Jon Alterman, head of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington. "It could also be used for roughly 10 attacks of a similar size to the recent Khan Sheikhoun attack".

She said Canada was helping with an worldwide investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The officials delivered the assessment on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, weeks after a chemical attack in Syria killed at least 90 people. "The other possibility that we believe in is that it was a false flag, there was no attack", the president explained.

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He said in a statement that further results would follow, but that "the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible".

Most of Syria's operational fixed wing military aircraft were moved to the Latakia base, according to an official who spoke to ABC.

Mr Assad claims the poison gas attack is a fabrication used to justify the USA air strike.

On April 4, an alleged chemical attack killed dozens of people in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syrias Idlib province.

On Wednesday (local time), France said it would soon provide proof of the Syrian regime's involvement in the latest attack as well.

The Syrian government agreed to give up its chemical weapons following sarin gas attacks on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta that killed over 1,000 in August 2013, and a joint U.N. -OPCW mission in 2014 to remove the stockpile claimed 96 percent of the weapons had been secured and destroyed.

In their Final Communiqué on April 10-11, G-7 leaders stated that USA action against the Shayrat airfield "was a carefully calibrated, limited in scope response" to the attacks at Khan Sheikhoun "in order to prevent and deter the proliferation and use of deadly chemical weapons in Syria". Top Assad ally, Russia, has asserted a Syrian government airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons factory, causing the disaster.

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