White House warns Syria's Assad against chemical attack

Frederick Owens
June 27, 2017

The White House has declared that it believes Bashar al-Assad's regime is preparing to carry out another chemical weapons attack, and warned that the Syrian leader and his military would "pay a heavy price" if it went ahead, according to the Guardian.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the United States had detected evidence of preparations for a chemical attack, similar to the preparations that occurred before an attack in April.

Russian Federation on Tuesday denounced U.S. "threats" against the Syrian regime after the White House said leader Bashar al-Assad may be preparing another chemical attack and would face a "heavy price".

Three days later, the USA launched a military strike in response to the chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people. Assad called the Idlib chemical attack in Syria "a cover up for the American intervention" in the country, which President Donald Trump meant to use to get support in his home country amid various conflicts with the members of the USA establishment.

US President Donald Trump has warned Syrian President Bashar Assad over another plan to use chemical weapons on civilians.

Syria denied using chemical weapons.

Syria maintained it hadn't used chemical weapons and blamed opposition fighters for stockpiling the chemicals.

S. intelligence agencies would all be consulted before the White House issued a declaration sure to ricochet across foreign capitals.

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The assessment was based in part on the locations, security surrounding the suspect sites and other information which the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to describe.

The Russian government denounced the US airstrikes against its ally, with the Kremlin spokesman calling the strikes "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law".

Trump said at the time that the Khan Sheikhoun attack crossed "many, many lines", and called on "all civilized nations" to join the U.S.in seeking an end to the carnage in Syria. Syria denied it carried out the attack.

The move sets the stage for a possible USA strike on Syrian government targets, although Mr Trump may hold his hand if the Syrians shelve any planned sarin gas attacks.

But another chemical attack would take the conflict to a new level.

"That is why we do not think it is possible to lay the blame on the Syrian armed forces", Peskov said.

The White House did not provide evidence to back up the claim.

Colvin reported from Washington.

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