Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100 percent fabrication'

Trevor Jackson
April 14, 2017

The official stressed that the intelligence community was not aware of the attack before it happened, noting that the USA intercepts such massive quantities of communications in Syria that they can't immediately be processed.

The Pentagon has intercepted Syrian regime communications in which military sources discussed preparation for the alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held village, an unnamed U.S. official has said.

"It is an attempt by him to throw up false flags, create confusion", Toner said.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun an investigation into the alleged attack, but Russian Federation on Wednesday blocked a UN Security Council resolution demanding Syria cooperate with the probe.

Both Damascus and its allies in Moscow have denied the regime used chemical weapons on the village, maintaining that the casualties were caused by gases released by gases released after an al-Qaeda affiliated ammunitions depot was hit by conventional munitions in a government air raid.

Also on Wednesday, Russia's representative to the United Nations vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning the attack and calling for an immediate worldwide investigation. Washington said that account was not credible, and rebels have denied it.

Samples taken from Khan Sheikhoun last week tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, the British delegation t the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW said on Thursday.

McCain: Russia cooperated with Syria in chemical attack
Vucic, Serbia's current prime minister, received 55 percent of the vote in the presidential election, enough to avoid a runoff. "We had eight joint exercises in 2016, six or seven were agreed in 2017 and over a hundred joint activities".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received a frosty reception Wednesday on a visit to Moscow, where he said there was "a low level of trust" between the countries.

The US strikes on Shayrat airbase and a reversal of what had been a growing diplomatic acceptance that Mr Assad's removal was no longer a priority may have taken its toll, our correspondent adds. The US blamed the Assad regime for the attack and accused Russian Federation of trying to cover it up.

Russia's hopes for a thaw in Russia-U.S. ties following Trump's election have been shattered by the congressional investigation into alleged ties between Trump's campaign associates and Russian Federation.

On Thursday Trump expressed confidence that US-Russia ties would improve. "At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!"

"A political solution is the only to deal with the Syria issue", Wang said when meeting the press after talks with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki in Beijing.

Mr Assad told the AFP that he would only allow what he called an "impartial" investigation to ensure it would not be used for "politicised purposes".

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