UK scientists: samples from Syrian attack test positive for sarin

Apr 17, 2017, 04:55
UK scientists: samples from Syrian attack test positive for sarin

Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States on Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an worldwide investigation of the chemical-weapon attack there that killed almost 90 people.

More than 80 people were killed in what the USA has described as a nerve gas attack that Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out.

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. Up until Trump's action, the USA efforts were largely financial, (US taxpayers have spent $11.5 million dollars a day supporting the rebels) and it appears little difference has been made in the civil war. The tense back-and-forth over last week's deadly chemical attack in Syria has added to the strain. Though he voiced the opinion, somewhat passively, that he believed the "Assad reign is coming to an end".

Trump didn't just blame Russian Federation for the attack, but the past Obama Administration as well, claiming the assault was a "consequence of the past administration's weakness". On Election Day in the Balkan nation, Serbian and Russian nationalists tried to assassinate the country's prime minister, an attempt that USA officials suspect was engineered by Russia's intelligence community.

He said his forces had not been diminished by the United States strike.

"They admitted only to 1,300 tons, but we knew in reality they had almost double that", Sakat told the Telegraph. "No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie".

The third strategic implication of the American strike for Russian Federation can be an improvement in Moscow's communication with Bashar al-Assad.

Charles Krauthammer has the optimistic side: "I too was encouraged by the meeting between Lavrov and our Secretary of State Tillerson... but precisely I was encouraged by the iciness".

The Kremlin has been anxious to restart relations with Washington that were largely frozen after the annexation of Crimea three years ago, Lucian notes.

But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria. "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack", Assad said in his first comments since the US missile strikes in response to the chemical attack.

The medic that found himself president in 2000 is a figure of hate and if captured is likely to face charges of war crimes.

The three ministers also discussed the beefing up of USA forces on Jordan's border with Syria, Moallem said.

Tillerson was greeted frostily in the Russian capital as Lavrov began their meeting Wednesday by demanding to know America's "real intentions".

Last week, the United States launched a missile attack on Syria after a reported chemical attack on civilians, including children. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future".

However, "If you remove Trump, the risks get easier to calculate and consent for humanitarian action becomes easier to secure".

"We insist on conducting a meticulous, objective and unbiased investigation into the alleged chemical weapon attack by Syrian aircraft on April 4", Lavrov said at a joint press conference after talks with his Iranian and Syrian counterparts, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Walid al-Muallem.

"Even if we have them, we wouldn't use them, and we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history". White House officials say they drew on reports from aid agencies, video evidence, laboratory analysis of samples from victims and classified intelligence to draw that conclusion.