French intelligence has concluded that Bashar al-Assad forces carried out the sarin nerve gas attack on April 4 in northern Syria. Assad or members of his inner circle ordered the strike, a declassified report showed on Wednesday. The six-page French document. drawn up by France's military and foreign intelligence services and seen by Reuters, said it reached its conclusion based on samples they had obtained from the impact strike on…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted there could be no solution in Syria while Bashar al-Assad remains in power. Erdogan said Russian President Vladimir Putin had told him he was not personally committed to Assad. "Assad is not the address for a prospective solution in Syria," Erdogan told Reuters in a wide-ranging interview in the presidential palace in Ankara on Tuesday. He voiced frustration at international failure to compel the…
Great Britain welcomed US sanctions against individuals with connection to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. “Sanctions send a clear signal that actions have consequences and seek to deter others from a similar act of barbarism,” Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement Tuesday. “We welcome the role sanctions play in increasing pressure on the Syrian regime to turn away from its military campaign.” The US on Monday…
The United States on Monday blacklisted 271 employees of an Assad regime agency it said was responsible for developing chemical weapons, weeks after a poison gas attack killed scores of people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rural Idlib. The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), an agency that Washington says develops chemical weapons for the Assad regime, the Treasury said…
The Seventh Annual Meeting of the Global Network of Responsibility to Protect Focal Points began in Doha on Sunday. The meeting will discuss the situation in Syria and explore ways to prevent mass atrocities in light of the continued war the regime has been waging against the Syrian people for over six years. The two-day meeting will highlight the ineffectiveness of the current global system and its failure to find…
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