UN Officially Accuses Assad Government in Using Sarin in Khan Sheikhoun

Kelvin Reese
September 7, 2017

The report, which also documents violations by al Qaeda's branch and other militant groups in Syria, said the commission is gravely concerned about the impact of coalition air strikes on civilians in Raqqa, where USA -backed Syrian forces are battling the Islamic State.

The findings, presented in Geneva, go further than those from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The Syrian government and its Russian backers had insisted that the Khan Sheikhoun attack was the fault of opposition forces in the area, or that it was entirely fabricated.

The Syrian air force of President Bashar Assad was responsible for a sarin gas attack that killed at least 83 people, United Nations investigators said on Wednesday as they dismissed the regime's claims that their planes had been targeting a chemical weapons site.

The report criticizes the U.S. for not having taken all necessary precautions to protect civilians in an airstrike on a mosque in the Aleppo province in March.

The Syrian president denies using chemical weapons on his own people.

A few hours after Mnuchin's television appearance, President Trump doubled down on the issue. Republican leaders have promised that the debt ceiling will be raised in time.

Syrian activists on Wednesday said fierce fighting is under way between pro-government forces and IS militants around a garrison in Deir el-Zour, after an IS counter attack late on Tuesday involving multiple suicide bombings. At least 281 people were killed in an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21, 2013, with some reports putting the death toll at 1,729. The strikes did little to impede Assad's forces.

Investigators were not granted access to Syria and based their report on photos of bomb remnants, satellite imagery and witness accounts.

Most of the dead from these attacks are directly on the head of Barack Obama.

August 21, 2013: Hundreds of people are killed in the east and southwest of Damascus, including in Moadamiyet al-Sham, in chemical weapons strikes after Syrian troops launch an offensive in the area. While it's true that chlorine has multiple industrial uses, the same can not be said of Sarin gas used in several attacks over the last few years.

August 25, 2015: Syrian rebels and activists say they documented a chemical weapons attack on August 21 in the rebel stronghold of Marea in northern Aleppo, affecting dozens of people.

Russia's Defense Ministry said the toxic agents were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal and munitions factory. But the media - ignoring the unprecedented withdrawal of a redline which severely damaged USA credibility - played along with the fiction and thousands of Syrian civilians died. His staunch ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin, said in June that he believed the attack was "a provocation" staged "by people who wanted to blame him (Assad) for that".

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