France sure Assad behind attack of own citizens
WASHINGTON – A report by France concludes the Assad regime was behind the April 7 chemical attack on civilians in the Douma suburb of Damascus. It’s the first detailed governmental assessment laying out the justification for the U.S.-led allied strikes on Syria.
“Beyond possible doubt, a chemical attack was carried out against civilians at Douma, (and) there is no plausible scenario other than that of an attack by Syrian armed forces as part of a wider offensive in the Eastern Ghouta enclave,” said the report issued Saturday by the French government.
The report, based on technical analyses of witness accounts, photos and videos that appeared around the same time as a Syrian government offensive in Douma, was provided by the French embassy in Washington.
“After examining the videos and images of victims published online, (French intelligence services) were able to conclude with a high degree of confidence that the vast majority are recent and not fabricated,” it said.
The analysis was released hours after the U.S., France and Britain fired 105 missiles at three chemical weapons facilities in Syria — and about an hour before the convening of an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council called for by Russia, a Syrian ally that disputes the charge that chemical weapons were used.
During the U.N.’s emergency meeting Saturday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., pushed back on the Russian denials.
“Russia’s desperate attempts at deflection cannot change the facts,” she said. “The pictures of dead children were not fake news. They were the result of the Syrian regime’s barbaric inhumanity.”