Syria: evidence of US control of chemical weapons attack by Bashar al-Assad regime

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The Syrian regime may have used chemical weapons in the north-west of the country only a few days ago, according to the United States. A statement from the US State Department speaks of a "suspected chlorine gas attack" on the morning of May 19th. Therefore, chemical weapons could have been used during the offensive in the Idlib region controlled by jihadists.

"We continue to gather information on this incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and its allies will respond quickly and appropriately," US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

US President Donald Trump and his government have repeatedly threatened Syrian governor Bashar al-Assad in the past in order to use chemical weapons with serious consequences. On Tuesday, the US State Department accused the Syrian leadership and its ally Russia of falsely accusing other groups of using chemical weapons.

In the Syrian conflict the toxic gas has been used several times. For a poison gas attack Sarin in the Chan Scheichun village in April 2017 with over 80 dead, the One accused the Assad regime. In addition, due to a chemical weapons strike in the former East Ghuta rebel bastion in this year's April, which killed more than 40 people, the Western states blamed the regime.

Syria and Russia have always rejected these charges. Damascus says it has no more chemical weapons from a 2013 agreement. According to a report from the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, there were 336 chemical weapons attacks confirmed in Syria between 2012 and 2018.

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