President of Syria Bashar Al-assad says chemical attack was a fabrication

Jerome Frank
April 17, 2017

But Assad said evidence came only from "a branch of Al-Qaeda", referring to a former jihadist affiliate that is among the groups that control Idlib province, where Khan Sheikhun is located.

"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication", he said of the incident.

"We gave up our arsenal three years ago", he said.

However, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem denied the government's involvement in the Idlib incident, saying it never used chemical weapons on either civilians or terrorists operating in the country and would never do so.

The U.S. accuses the Syrian government of deliberately launching the deadly chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4.

The meeting was called to discuss the April 4 attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun that killed almost 90 people.

"Till now, experts of the OPCW's Secretariat (in the investigation into Khan Sheikhoun) for some reason are acting somewhat secretly", the Russian minister said.

Investigators have concluded that sarin, chlorine and sulfur mustard gas have been used in Syria's civil war.

The fact finding mission was sent from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague to gather bio-metric samples and interview survivors, sources told Reuters on Thursday.

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He claimed details of the attack were made up in order to give the USA an excuse to bomb a Syrian airbase in retaliation.

"On April 4, the lifeless bodies of innocent victims, grotesquely contorted and twisted by the nerve agent sarin, tell the real story", Ward said. "It continues to possess and use chemical weapons".

Lavrov on Friday expressed skepticism about a preliminary investigation conducted by the U.N.'s chemical weapons watchdog.

Assad said more U.S. attacks "could happen anytime, anywhere, not only in Syria".

U.S. Central Command said Thursday that coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates by their partner forces, the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, for a strike meant to target Islamic State militants south of their Tabqa stronghold.

It was the 8th time Russian Federation has used its veto power. And U.S. analysts say the timeline and strike location suggested by Russian Federation don't match reports from the ground or satellite imagery.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters Thursday that China condemns the use of chemical weapons, but revisions were needed to the U.N. Security Council resolution for it to secure global backing.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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