Sarin gas use in Syrian chemical attack proved, Says Kerry

September 2, 2013 1:45 pm

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Damascus 02nd September 2013 : Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that the US now has proof of chemical nerve agent sarin gas use in attack in Syria last month.

Through blood and hair samples provided by first responders in Damascus, the administration got a positive result of sarin use.

The US criticized the Syrian government for the chemical weapon attack. President Barack Obama has vowed punitive action. Mr Obama said on Saturday any action would be limited, ruling out a ground invasion.

But he wants Congress to vote on it first, which is scheduled to return from a summer break on 9th September. Any military action would not take until then.

Kerry said he was confident that Congress will give Obama its backing for an attack against Syria. Obama has the right to take action against Syria, with or without Congress’ approval, he added.

Syria said it was ready to face any action. “Syria is capable of facing up to any external aggression just as it faces up to internal aggression every day, in the form of terrorist groups and those that support them,” said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Arab League foreign ministers, meeting in Cairo, called on the United Nations and the international community to take the deterrent and necessary measures against Syria.

The deadliest chemical weapon attack, which took place on 21st of last month, had killed as many as 1300 people.

But Syrian government denied any involvement in the attack. It blames the rebels for the attack. The government has been fighting with rebels since March 2011. More than 100,000 people have killed in the conflict, and at least 1.7 million have become refugees.


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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle

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