France promises proof Assad regime behind chemical attack

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.

"There is an investigation underway (by) the French intelligence services and military's a question of days and we will provide proof that the regime carried out these strikes", said French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Syria has blamed terrorist groups for the attack, and Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that the attack was carried out by "forces" trying to frame the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Laboratory tests later confirmed that victims of the April 4 attack were exposed to Sarin nerve gas or a similar banned toxin.

Almost 90 people, including several children, died in the attack with many others in critical condition. After an even bigger chemical attack in August 2013, which killed several hundred people, he warned then-President Barack Obama against retaliating against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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A senior military official told reporters that the Israeli intelligence estimates that Assad has "between 1 and 3 tons" of chemical weapons. After the meeting, USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson stated the USA strikes were a matter of national security: "We do not want the regime's uncontrolled stockpile of chemical weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS, or other terrorist groups and want to attack the United States and our allies".

The Post, citing a defense official, also said the regime used the chemical weapons out of frustration after failing to make meaningful advances on the ground despite support from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

Russian Federation deployed military forces and operations into Syria in the latter part of 2015 to boost the Syrian government in the country's civil war.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former British Army officer and chemical weapons expert advising Syrian NGOs, tells Newsweek rumors persisted in 2014 as the weapons were removed that investigators had not managed to retrieve them all.

The Syrian government has moved its aircraft from a base bombed by the USA two weeks ago to a Russian base in the coastal city of Latakia, ABC News reported. "There can be no doubt in the global community's mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all", said Mattis.

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The Syrian military has denied using chemical weapons, and its Russian ally has claimed the Syrian airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun targeted a rebel warehouse of chemical munitions. But doubts began to emerge soon afterward that not all such armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed.

Israel, along with many countries, blames the strike on regime forces. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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"We are deconflicting with the Russians ... and we will continue to deconflict", Mattis said on Tuesday, insisting Moscow and Washington were still in touch.

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