Assad says army 'gave up' all chemical weapons in 2013


JERUSALEM - Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons, Israeli defense officials said Wednesday in the first specific intelligence assessment of President Bashar Assad's weapons capabilities since a deadly chemical attack earlier this month.

France has said it will provide evidence within days that the Syrian regime was behind the chemical attack which killed more than 80 people, including up to 30 children.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on April 6 that he was "100 percent certain" that the attack was "directly ordered and planned by Assad".

Military officials and even Syrian civilians alike raved about how they've been waiting for a president willing to react with necessary force.

A US official says that Syria has moved all of the aircraft from the airbase that was struck by USA missiles two weeks ago to an airbase used by Russian Federation for missions within Syria.

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He said it would be "very difficult" for the United Kingdom to say no to a request for support from the U.S. to a future strike if it was in pursuit of similar objectives. However, it was not disclosed then how much in advance the IDF was notified.

Leading weapons expert and MIT professor emeritus Theodore Postol has been one of the most prominent voices pushing back against the intelligence used to tie Assad to the chemical weapons attack.

The Foreign Secretary has previously said there will be "no impunity" for the people responsible for the chemical weapons attack.

Israeli military has said that Bashar's forces still possess tonnes of chemical weapons.

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The Syrian regime had agreed to surrender its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013, in a bid to hold off USA intervention in retaliation for a chemical attack on an opposition-held Damascus suburb earlier that year which killed hundreds and prompted worldwide outrage.

A combination image released by the US Department of Defense which they say shows the impact crater associated with an alleged April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.

It was reported at the time that the entire stockpile was dismantled and shipped out of the country under global supervision in 2014, and was later destroyed. But doubts began to emerge soon afterward that not all such armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed.

"However, in 2013 when the big chemical weapons attack happened in Ghouta, the United Nations itself did not lay blame on the Syrian government: it said that it could have been, but there is nothing absolute to suggest that", he told RT.

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