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Terror Chemical Attack Plotted in Syria's Idlib Aleppo- Russian MoD Terror Chemical Attack Plotted in Syria's Idlib Aleppo- Russian MoD
Patty Aguilar | 25 May, 2019, 19:44

Washington late on Tuesday said it had seen signs that Assad may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack, in the latest offensive and warned that it would respond "quickly and appropriately" if this were proven.

In news from Syria, the State Department said Tuesday that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons during recent fighting in Idlib.

The State Department said it was assessing indications that the regime used chemical weapons on Sunday during its offensive on the most significant remaining holdout of extremist rebels.

In neighbouring Hama province, Syrian troops battled for a third straight day to repel a rebel counterattack around the town of Kafr Nabuda, leaving 15 combatants dead, 11 of them rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

On Friday, the Russian Defence Ministry said militants of the Nusra Front terror group were preparing to stage a false-flag provocation in Syria's Idlib province to frame the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian army for allegedly attacking civilians with chemical weapons.

Ortagus said that the offensive has "destroyed known health facilities, schools, residences and internally displaced person camps".

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Ortagus pushed back at the allegations: "Russia's recent allegations against the White Helmets and others are part of a continuing disinformation campaign by the Assad regime and Russian Federation to create the false narrative that others are to blame for chemical weapons attacks that the Assad regime itself is conducting". "The United States reiterates its warning, first issued by President Trump in September 2018, that an attack against the Idlib de-escalation zone would be a reckless escalation that threatens to destabilize the region".

But a newly leaked internal document from the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reveals there were conflicting views within the organization as to what happened.

His action was a reversal from his predecessor Barack Obama, who had declared chemical weapons to be a red line but chose not to respond militarily.

A sarin gas attack in April 2017 in the town of Khan Sheikhun killed 83 people, the United Nations said, leading Mr Trump to order a strike with 59 cruise missiles on a Syrian air base. It said US officials are still investigating that incident.

Over 100 airstrikes targeted rebel positions in northern Syria on Thursday, as part of an ongoing military showdown between the Syrian army and the rebel groups, a war monitor reported.

It was not clear if the statement marked an official change in policy.

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