United Nations accuses Assad of war crimes

United Nations General Assembly building in New York

Twenty seven were by forces of the government of President Bashar al-Assad, including seven between 1 March to 7 July.

The UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Syria said it had gathered an "extensive body of information" showing that the Syrian airforce was behind the horrific sarin gas attack on April 4. That group confirmed in June that sarin was used in Khan Sheikhoun, but did not identify the attacker.

The UN report went on to note that Syrian government forces had continued with systematic use of chemical weapons against civilians in areas under opposition control.

"In the gravest incident, the Syrian air force used sarin in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, killing dozens, the majority of whom were women and children", the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria reported, explicitly accusing Assad of committing war crimes.

The U.N. investigators found that 33 chemical attacks had taken place during the civil war.

Diplomacy over the Assad government's use of chemical weapons has been thorny, resulting in deadlock at the U.N. Security Council as the Syrian president's key backers have blocked resolutions to punish his armed forces.

In late August, a U.S. intelligence report says with "high confidence" that Syria's government carried out the attack.

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After the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, the USA launched missiles from the Mediterranean at an airbase east of Homs in central Syria, from which the aircraft that dropped the bombs with sarin most likely took off. It said its strikes in Khan Sheikhoun hit a weapons depot belonging to rebel forces, a claim "excluded" by Pinheiro. Satellite imagery, photos of bomb remnants and early warning reports were used.

The attack was the latest in a string of chemical strikes since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011.

Most of the dead from these attacks are directly on the head of Barack Obama.

In 2016, a United Nations commission finds helicopters from two regime-controlled air bases dropped chlorine barrel-bombs on the villages of Qmenas, Talmenes and Sarmin, in rebel-held Idlib province, in 2014 and 2015.

This UN report exposes the hollowness and cynicism of the Obama administration in its dealings with Russian Federation and the American people.

Images of the youngest casualties are believed to have figured in President Donald Trump's calculation to order missile strikes on a Syrian government airstrip days later, marking the first direct American military intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad. These attacks constitute clear violations of worldwide humanitarian law and the Convention on Chemical Weapons, the report notes, which the Syrian Arab Republic ratified in 2013 following a previous sarin attack.

At least 38 people were killed in the attack, including a woman and three boys ranging from 6 to 13 years old.

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