Chemical attack confirmed in Syria

It’s been confirmed: Syrian President Assad used chemical weapons against his own citizens.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a “watchdog” group that makes sure that the countries that agree with the Chemical Weapons Convention (which is 98% of the world) are not using chemical weapons.

Some background:

  • Several confirmed chemical attacks were carried out by the Assad regime and against the Syrian people using sarin, chlorine and other chemicals.
  • Then, in 2013, Russia, the US and Syria entered into an agreement that Syria would surrender its stockpile of chemical weapons, stopping a planned military action.
  • But, in April 2017, the Syrian government attacked a rebel-controlled village in Syria killing 85 people, including 27 kids, with chemical weapons.
  • President Assad said the story was made-up–that no attack occurred–and Russia said an airstrike hit the rebel’s supply of chemical weapons.

The OPCW:

  • The UN requested the OPCW conduct an investigation to determine if sarin was used by Assad.
  • The OPCW watched autopsies, analyzed medical samples, interviewed witnesses and concluded: sarin was used in the attack.
  • Next step? The OPCW will try to figure out who was responsible.

Click here to read the WSJ article.


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