Tuesday, May 21, 2019

U.S. Says Signs Syria May Be Using Chemical Weapons- Response Will Be Quick

Reuters UK
The United States sees signs the Syrian government may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack on Sunday in northwest Syria, the State Department said on Tuesday, warning that Washington and its allies would respond “quickly and appropriately” if this were proven.
“Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
“We are still gathering information on this incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will respond quickly and appropriately,” she said.
The State Department statement accused Russia and Assad’s forces of “a continuing disinformation campaign ... to create the false narrative that others are to blame for chemical weapons attacks.” 

This claim is certainly making the rounds:
  1. Daily Mail: Trump Admin Warns Assad Gov 
  2.  CNN
The US State Department issued a warning to the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria on Tuesday, saying the US is closely watching the regime's military operations against a rebel enclave in northwest Syria and is looking into allegations that Assad's troops have used chemical weapons in recent days.
"Watching the regime's military operations" that is an interesting claim. 
Since I noticed there was little to no western media coverage reporting on the fact that a ceasefire had been declared. Days ago.

 Sputnik

Terrorists in Syria are planning chemical attacks in the Idlib deescalation zone, as well as in the west of the Aleppo province, the head of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said on Tuesday.

"The militants plan to stage such provocations in the village of Jarjanaz, as well as in the town of Saraqib, where a group of children and adults — refugees from the southern provinces of Syria — have already been gathered.
Similar preparations are underway in the west of Aleppo province", Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin said at a daily briefing.

Two shells are  reported to have landed in Aleppo

 Two shells fall in the centre of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Reuters reported citing Syria’s Ikhbariya television.

 Gotta say I'm getting that feeling the US and friends are looking for an excuse. Any excuse.
What will tomorrow bring?

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