G7 seeks broad support to isolate Syria's Assad

G7 seeks broad support to isolate Syria's Assad

G7 seeks broad support to isolate Syria's Assad

Calling for a United Nations investigation, Putin held to his claim that it was actually Assad opponents who introduced chemical weapons into Syria's harrowing civil war.

Assad foe Turkey said blood and urine samples taken from victims of the alleged attack confirmed the banned sarin nerve agent was used.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer once again followed Mr Trump's earlier narrative of blaming the previous Obama administration.

"They have chosen to side with a murderous, barbaric criminal, rather than with their global peers".

He incorrectly posited even after we answered the chemical attack that we couldn't call for Assad's ouster because "We would look ... rather silly not acknowledging the political realities that exist in Syria". France, Britain and the United States have accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of carrying out the attack that killed at least 87 civilians, including 31 children. The US and others have said Russian Federation bears responsibility for the deaths of civilians at the hands of Assad given Moscow's role in guaranteeing the 2013 deal in which Assad was supposed to have given up his chemical weapons arsenal.

The White House officials said Russian Federation has frequently offered multiple, conflicting accounts of Syrian government aggression, including the incident in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, to create confusion and sow doubt within the worldwide community. "The Syrian regime should think long and hard before it again acts so recklessly in violation of global law against the use of chemical weapons".

Mattis was vague on whether this threat includes the use of Chlorine, which the Assad government has been accused of deploying against its people many times.

He declined to draw a "red line" for additional intervention against Assad.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Monday there is "no doubt" the Syrian regime was behind last week s deadly chemical strike, while U.S. officials accused Moscow of waging a misinformation campaign around the attack.

The strike is assed to have taken out about 20 Syrian aircraft, accounting for about 20 percent of the force.

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"Experts are aware that it is impossible to hide the traces of chemical weapons", Colonel General Rudskoy said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, and Gen. Joseph Votel listen to questions during a news conference at the Pentagon April 11, 2017.

"There is no doubt the Syrian regime is responsible for the decision to attack and for the attack itself", Mattis said.

The last few days have seen a flurry of gaffes, walk-backs, vague, sometimes conflicting statements and off-the-cuff policy making by President Donald Trump himself, Tillerson, Haley and Spicer.

"We can not let this happen again", the secretary of state said. He said he would ask The Hague and the global community to investigate the allegations.

Prior to becoming President, Trump had categorically condemned any military intervention in Syrian affairs, even in the face of the on-going slaughter of innocent civilians by notorious ISIS-linked fighters-while Russian Federation maintained its support for its long-time ally, President Assad.

He said the cease-fire talks that Russian Federation and Iran had helped broker in the Kazakh capital, Astana, could generate momentum toward broader talks about a political transition - if the Astana talks succeed in creating a durable cease-fire.

"It is clear to us the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end", Tillerson told reporters in Italy. Even if Moscow co-operates, the allegations of election meddling have weakened the US leader's hand to deliver on any significant carrot, such as a loosening of the USA and European economic sanctions stemming from Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Mattis said that he is confident that US involvement in Syria will not spiral out of control.

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