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How Investigators Determine Sources of Chemical Weapons

The Washington Post

This week, the French government released a scathing report on the deadly sarin attack in Syria. The assault bears “the signature” of President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons program, researchers found.

It’s confirmation of something the international community long suspected — that the Syrian government was behind the attack on Khan Sheikhoun, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria, which killed at least 86 people and injured dozens more. Gruesome images of children convulsing and foaming at the mouth stirred President Trump to launch a military strike a few days later.

“There is no doubt about the use of sarin,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters. “The responsibility of the Syrian regime can no longer be doubted.”

The Assad government did not comment directly on the French report, but has previously denied responsibility for the attack in early April. A deal brokered in 2013 by Russia and the United States called for the destruction of all Syria’s chemical stockpile.

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Featured image: By محمد السعيد (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp_Ju6742Z0) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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