UN Report Blames Syrian Regime for April Chemical Attack

(New York Times) Nick Cumming-Bruce - A UN Commission of Inquiry said Wednesday that Sukhoi 22 aircraft operated by the Syrian Air Force carried out the attack on the Syrian village of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 that killed at least 83 people, injured close to 300 others, and prompted President Trump to order cruise missile strikes on the airfield where the planes were based. The panel said at least 20 chemical weapons attacks were carried out from March 2013 to March 2017 by government forces, though the number of reported chemical attacks is vastly higher. Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, noted that the UN report "comes just as the international community is loosening or removing altogether its opposition to Assad's continued rule."

2017-09-07 00:00:00

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