France promises proof Assad regime behind chemical attack

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Syria said its weapons were destroyed in 2014 and it blamed a conspiracy between the United States and an extremist group linked to Al Qaeda.

The Russian military is questioning the conclusions by the global chemical weapons watchdog that victims of the April 4 suspected chemical attack in Syria were exposed to sarin or a similar toxin.

For many, the USA strikes on a Syrian air base two days later were a satisfying response and long overdue in a protracted, deadly civil war that has left millions of families shattered, Daesh emboldened and Assad seemingly immune. The fighting has killed an estimated 400,000 people and displaced half of Syria's population. The assessment was confirmed by two other defense officials, AP said. The OPCW was in 2013 responsible for overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon stockpile, following an attack in the Ghouta area of Damascus that activists say killed 1,400 people.

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Such a move would also be against the convention against chemical weapons "as it is the role of the OPCW to lead independently any investigation", he added.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) took biomedical samples from 10 victims of the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhoun and found indications that they had been exposed to Sarin or a Sarin-like substance. But doubts began to emerge soon afterward that not all such armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed.

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Dan Kaszeta, a United Kingdom -based chemical weapons expert, said the Israeli estimate appeared to be conservative, but nonetheless was enough to be highly lethal. Inquiries confirmed the attacks at Ghouta back in August 2013 released sarin on a relatively large scale, but the perpetrators have never been formally identified. "While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible", OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said on Wednesday, addressing the organisation's executive council, which was held at The Hague, Netherlands.

The finding supported earlier testing by Turkish and British laboratories.

Top Assad ally Russian Federation has asserted a Syrian Government airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons factory, causing the disaster.

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