US official: Syria destroyed evidence but little doubt of chem weapons attack
An American official has told the Jerusalem Post that Syria has destroyed evidence of a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus last Wednesday, but the United States has little doubt that the attack took place
“If the Syrian government had nothing to hide and wanted to prove to
the world that it had not used chemical weapons in this incident, it
would have ceased its attacks on the area and granted immediate access
to the UN – five days ago," the official said.
"At this juncture,
the belated decision by the regime to grant access to the UN team is too
late to be credible, including because the evidence available has been
significantly corrupted as a result of the regime’s persistent shelling
and other intentional actions over the last five days."
Extensive evidence indicates that sarin gas was used against civilians in Ghouta on April 21, killing upwards of 1,000.
on the reported number of victims, reported symptoms of those who were
killed or injured, witness accounts, and other facts gathered by open
sources, the US intelligence community, and international partners,
there is very little doubt at this point that a chemical weapon was used
by the Syrian regime against civilians in this incident," the official
Assad officials, including the foreign minister, gave rare
interviews to foreign media outlets on Saturday strongly denying claims
that its government had used chemical weapons against its own people on
Wednesday in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, despite Western officials
stating they have "little doubt" the attack occurred.
And as was the case with Libya and with the disclosure of the Iranian nuclear plant in Qom, it's the British and the French who are taking the lead, and not the Obama administration.
London and Paris have been working in close concert with the White House
on preparations. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday
that confirmation of chemical weapons use on such a mass scale would
disrupt international standards of warfare, and would require a "serious
What could go wrong?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Britain, chemical weapons, France, Syria, Syrian army