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    Posted: April 13 2017 at 3:12pm

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Idlib chemical attack '100 per cent fabrication'

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Beirut: 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.

In a combative Agence France-Presse interview subject to strict restrictions by the Syrian regime, Mr Assad dismissed photographs and video footage that moved President Donald Trump to launch retaliatory strikes on a Syrian air base. He insisted that his government would never use banned weaponsFullscreen


But Mr Assad said evidence collected at the scene came only from "a branch of al-Qaeda," referring to a former jihadist affiliate that is among the groups controlling Idlib province, where Khan Sheikhoun is located.

It was the Syrian government's second version of events in the space of nine days. In earlier comments, officials attributed the deaths to a Syrian airstrike that hit a rebel factory where chemical weapons were being made, releasing the toxins.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being interviewed by AFPTV.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being interviewed by AFPTV. Photo: BBC

"There was no order to make any attack. We don't have any chemical weapons. We gave up our arsenal a few years ago," Mr Assad said. "Even if we have them, we wouldn't use them, and we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history."

The Syrian government was supposed to have given up its entire chemical weapons stockpile under the terms of a 2013 deal brokered by Russia and the United States.

A Syrian doctor treats a child following the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria.A Syrian doctor treats a child following the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. Photo: EMC/AP

"Frankly, that didn't happen," a Western diplomat said this week, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Activists and monitoring groups have continued to record chemical weapons attacks on opposition-held areas. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syrian government warplanes have used chlorine gas on opposition-held territory on nine separate occasions this year.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun an investigation into the alleged attack, but Russia on Wednesday blocked a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Syria cooperate with the probe.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that Britain believed Mr Assad's government was responsible, despite his rejection of culpability.

"We believe it is highly likely that the attack was carried out by the Assad regime," Mrs May said in a televised statement. "Apart from anything else, we believe it's only the regime that has the capability to make such an attack."

Samples taken from Khan Sheikhoun last week tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, the British delegation at the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW said on Thursday. 

US denies hitting poison gas depot

The US-led coalition against Islamic State on Thursday denied a Syrian army report it had carried out an air strike that had hit poison gas supplies belonging to IS and caused the deaths of hundreds of people.

A statement by the Syrian army, circulated by state media, said the alleged incident late on Wednesday in the eastern Deir al-Zor province proved that Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked militants "possess chemical weapons". 

Responding to Thursday's Syrian army claim, US Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the coalition, said it had carried out no air strikes in the area of Deir al-Zor at the time.

"The Syrian claim is incorrect and likely intentional misinformation," Dorrian said in an email to Reuters.

The Russian defence ministry said it had no information about people killed in an attack by international coalition forces in Deir al-Zor, according to RIA news agency. A ministry spokesman said Russian forces had sent drones to check the area.

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The attack was ordered by Al-Bashar Assad - president of Syria and commander of their military forces. This is not the first attack using chemical weapons - especially Sarin gas which has killed thousands and many children.
The attack was monitored and tracked by U.S. and other intelligence with a high level of confidence from the airbase to the target. It was recorded on satellite video and there is no doubt it was ordered and carried out the ruling Syrian regime that needs to go.
The peaceful solution is to allow the people in Syria to select a new leader.

The world solution is unite with even those who are not NATO - but Russian and China - to act together in the fight against ISIS rather than separately .

What could be expected when the former administration lied about so many things - drew a red line in the sand and then ran off. Isis is a danger to Russia and not just those in the Middle East. They are a threat to all of Africa as well the Americas and Russia and China.

A war crime is a war crime and a murderer of thousands of people using chemical weapons can not be ignored as it has for years.

As a reminder - there is no doubt this is not the first attack of this kind. The others are well documented and a reality. This must stop.

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 I AGREE,

Dashe has to go ,but take them out first,

as i said in a previous post ,Why now ,the Sarin?? 

with Russias help ,Assad was winning ,so why bring the wrath of the world down on yourself.....

we have no mission here ......

let Asssd and the Russians deal with the  rebels and Dashe (one and the same)

and then sort out Assad,

remember Assad is an alawight, they are Against Dashe......and fundemental Islam......


Iran want that territory from Assad,

so they get the Golan heights!!!!!!

Iran  want Israel destroyed........

theres a bigger game here than people first see......

and Who takes over from Assad.....Gaddaffi ???????
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CRS, DrPH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 14 2017 at 5:55pm
Why does Assad persist in using his chemical weapons?  This article has good insights:

Aaron Stein, who studies the Middle East and arms control at the Atlantic Council, a research group, said that for a leader like Mr. Assad, who appears unconcerned with civilian death, chemical weapons presented a way to solve his battlefield problems.

“They are effective weapons,” he said, that were best suited to capitalize on Mr. Assad’s air power superiority and compensate for his manpower shortages.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/world/middleeast/why-the-syrian-chemical-weapons-problem-is-so-hard-to-solve.html

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Fair enough...
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