US sanctions 271 in Syrian chemical attack

Lauren Perry
April 24, 2017

There also is evidence that the Islamic State terror group and other insurgents have acquired chemical weapons.

"We sense a great change in the direction of American policy", he said.

Three days later, the USA responded by firing a barrage of 59 cruise missiles at the regime-held Shayrat airbase in Homs. The United States also fired 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield on April 7 in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack.

Earlier this month, 50 tomahawk missiles were launched on the Syrian Shayrat air base destroying the whole compound including all the war planes and arms that were stationed there.

Canada placed new sanctions on Syria on Friday in a bid to pressure President Bashar Assad to cease attacking his own people.

Earlier this week, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that it is identifying sarin in samples related to the April 5 incident.

Treasury officials said that those on the sanctions list were "highly educated" and were likely to be able to travel out of Syria and use the worldwide financial system, even if they don't have assets outside their own country. Russian Federation described the attack as an aggression against a sovereign state.

It is apparent that the United States and the other Western powers backing regime change in Syria fear what such a mission would uncover.

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As it stands, OPCW - an independent worldwide watchdog - is probing the source of the attack and is expected to issue a report within the next two weeks.

"The Syria we once knew is gone and will never be again", he said.

Assad reiterated the Syrian stance that no chemical attack ever took place in Idlib.

The entire stockpile was said to have been dismantled and shipped out under worldwide supervision in 2014 and destroyed.

Speaking alongside Mr Mattis, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman refused to reiterate that detail.

The landmark December 2015 UN security council resolution committed nations to support peace talks between the Syrian government and insurgents, who were supposed to break their alliances with Isis and al-Qaida terrorists. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson followed up on Wednesday with a bellicose denunciation of Iran and the clear indication that Washington was prepared abrogate the deal and escalate military confrontation.

Israel captured the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau, in a 1967 Middle East war. The Netanyahu government viewed the Obama administration as insufficiently supportive, even as it raised the annual military aid from Washington to some $3.8 billion. "I am keenly aware that we stand together this morning just a week before the Holocaust Remembrance Day and we share a common determination to never allow such horrific events to recur".

Jim Mattis said on Friday that Syria had dispersed its warplanes in recent days and that it retained chemical weapons, an issue he said would have to be taken up diplomatically.

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