The Syrian government acknowledges for the first time that it has chemical weapons and threatens to use them in the event of military operations by Western countries, but not against its own population.
United Nations war crimes investigators said Wednesday they have evidence showing the Syrian regime carried out an April sarin gas attack in Idlib province that killed dozens of people.
The UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Syria said it had gathered an "extensive body of information" showing that the Syrian airforce was behind the horrific sarin gas attack on April 4.
On April 4, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, supported by the United States, blamed Damascus for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapons incident that killed 80 people, including children, and injured 200 more. In al-Rashidin (Aleppo), a single vehicle bombing killed 96 people, including 68 internally displaced children, from previously besieged Fu'ah and Kafraya (Idlib).
Twenty seven were by forces of the government of President Bashar al-Assad, including seven between 1 March to 7 July. Perpetrators had not been identified yet in six attacks, they said.
The failure to attack was criticised by Donald Trump during his campaign for the presidency, and he used the attack on Khan Sheikhoun to highlight how Assad still had access to stockpiles of sarin and was prepared to use it against civilians.
The weapons used on Khan Sheikhun were previously identified as containing sarin, but that finding by a fact-finding mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) did not specify who was responsible. A number of local truces, including the so called "Four Towns Agreement", incorporated evacuation agreements which resulted in the forced displacement of civilians, a war crime.
The attack by the Syrian airforce also targeted medical facilities throughout the area, hampering attempts to treat the wounded and increasing the death toll.
The investigators also appealed to the US -led coalition to better protect civilians as it strikes at Islamic State militants in the east.
The UN is reporting that the Syrian government has used poison gas to attack civilians at least 27 times.
The panel also said us air strikes on a mosque in Al-Jina in rural Aleppo in March that killed 38 people, including children, failed to take precautions in violation of worldwide law, but did not constitute a war crime. His apologists can try to wiggle away from Obama's culpability, but the fact of the matter is that Obama made the decision not to take out Syria's chemical weapons supply and then made a ridiculous deal with Syria's ally Russian Federation to have the stockpile removed.