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Watchdog investigates chemical attack in Syria

THE HAGUE: The global watchdog working to eradicate chemical weapons is investigating reports of a suspected poison gas attack on the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, its head said Monday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "made a preliminary analysis of the reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons immediately after they were issued," said director general Ahmet Uzumcu. A fact-finding team was now gathering more information "to establish whether chemical weapons were used," he added in a…

Trump says ‘big price to pay’ for Syria chemical attack

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Sunday there would be a “big price to pay” after aid groups said dozens of people were killed by poison gas in a besieged rebel-held town in Syria, an attack the opposition blamed on Syrian government forces. As international officials worked to try to confirm the chemical attack which happened late on Saturday in the town of Douma, Trump took the rare step of directly criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin in connection with the incident. With tension…

Syria chemical attack: what we know

An alleged chemical attack in Syria's rebel-held Douma has sparked international outrage, with Washington warning Sunday of possible military action, while Damascus and Moscow said the reports were mere "fabrications". What happened? Syria's White Helmets, who act as first responders in rebel-held areas of Syria, said the attack took place late on Saturday using "poisonous chlorine gas". "More than 500 cases -- the majority of whom are women and children -- were brought to local medical centres with symptoms indicative…

US says Assad may be preparing chemical attack

WASHINGTON: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing another chemical weapons attack, one that would result in the "mass murder" of civilians, the White House said Monday, warning the regime would pay a "heavy price" if it went ahead with such an assault. The White House said the preparations were similar to those undertaken by the Assad regime ahead of an apparent chemical attack on a rebel-held town in April. Washington launched a retaliatory cruise missile strike days later against a Syrian airbase from…

Syria’s Assad says chemical attack ‘100 percent fabrication’

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town was a "fabrication" to justify a US military strike, in an exclusive AFP interview. "Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication... Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack," Assad said Wednesday, in his first interview since American cruise missiles hit a central Syrian air base. He maintained…

Tillerson to confront Russia over support for Assad

MOSCOW: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew into Moscow on Tuesday to confront Russia about its support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad after a suspected chemical weapons massacre. Tillerson is the first senior US official to visit Moscow since President Donald Trump took office promising to seek closer anti-terrorist cooperation with Russia, but as he arrived relations were already tense. Last week, the US fired a volley of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in response to an alleged regime attack using a suspected…

UK defense minister: Russia responsible by proxy for Syria chemical deaths

LONDON: Britain said on Sunday Russia bore responsibility by proxy for civilian deaths in Syria last week caused by a poison gas attack that Washington says was carried out by the Moscow-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. At least 70 people died in what the United States says was a chemical weapons attack in rebel-held Syria. The attack prompted the United States to fire 59 cruise missiles into a Syrian air base from which it said the attack was launched. Damascus and Moscow denied Syrian forces…

Six years of conflict in Syria

BEIRUT: US warships fired a volley of missiles at a Syrian airbase on Friday in response to a suspected chemical attack on April 4 that killed dozens of civilians. It was the latest twist in a complex six-year civil war that has left Syria in ruins. The conflict began with peaceful protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011. Security forces bloodily repressed the demonstrations, prompting an armed rebellion. The war has left more than 320,000 people dead, according to the Syrian…