Syria chemical attack evidence must be preserved

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2018

"It's some of the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian Federation propaganda machine". It has been unfulfilled because, again, Russian Federation has continually blocked the efforts.

Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called by Russian Federation that should the USA and its allies decide to act in Syria it will be to defend "a bedrock global norm that benefits all nations" - the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

At the same time, France's President Emmanuel Macron was quoted as saying that he has "proof" that the Syrian government targeted civilians in Douma with chemical weapons last week. "Because we know the Al-Nusra forces do not have aircraft", said McInerney, who adds that USA -led surveillance ought to provide critical evidence on whether the attack came from the air, although it may take time to comb through the intelligence.

The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were continuing, and no Syrian government forces had entered the town. He didn't elaborate or name the state.

"We are having a meeting today on Syria", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Michel Duclos, former French ambassador in Syria and special advisor at the Montaigne Institute think tank, told AFP: "You have to hit hard enough to make sense but not too much not provoke an escalation, or create a misunderstanding about exactly what you want".

He "regretted" the Russian veto at the U.N. Security Council which prevented a "united and firm response" after a suspected gas attack last week in Douma, Syria.

"We hope that there will be no point of no return - that the U.S. and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state", said Nebenzia said outside United Nations headquarters on Thursday.

A western official told CNN that it is not conclusive but officials suspect the substance used in the attack was a mixture of chlorine, sarin and possibly other chemicals.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there. Syria earned $5.5 billion from oil exports in the past year before the war. So on the face of it, the use of a chemical weapon seems unnecessary and, from the Syrian regime's point of view, counter-productive. With American air support and military supplies, they halted the ISIS and began to push them back in Iraq, while the Syrian military relentlessly pounded them in Syria, forcing them to concede territories.

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said in a statement to the official STA news agency that "due to the Syria crisis", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian cancelled his planned visit to Slovenia on Friday and Saturday.

Tajik said "Trump has vowed to do something, but he can't".

Congressman Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a U.S. strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress.

One woman who refused to be identified because of fear for her security described herself as "trembling" and said she stocked up on food and is considering not sending her kids to school.

Russian Federation deployed its military forces in Syria, showing their allegiance to the Assad regime.

He said Russian experts have found no trace of chemical weapons at the sight of the attack. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

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