US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against foreign-sponsored militants, saying there is Å“strong evidence,” despite the fact that UN officials and other US officials say there is no evidence.
Å“This fight is about the terrible choices that the Assad regime has made with its willingness to kill anywhere… to use gas, which we believe there is strong evidence of use of,” AFP quoted Kerry as saying on Friday.
The White House had previously described any use of chemical weapons in Syria as a “red line” that could trigger possible military action.
On Thursday, Turkey and Britain also claimed that President Bashar al-Assadâ„¢s government has chemical weapons.
In an interview with the US television network NBC, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Syria has used chemical weapons and thus crossed the red line set out by US President Barack Obama.
“It is clear the regime has used chemical weapons and missiles,” Erdogan said, without providing details on when or where they were used.
A spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron also said the government believes it is “very likely” that the Syrian government has used such weapons but emphasized that it had “no evidence to date” that the anti-government militants had also used then.
In addition, on March 20, US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford testified to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and said that the Obama administration had not uncovered any evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
However, on May 10, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said that it had Å“strong, concrete suspicions” chemical weapons have been used by the militants in Syria.
Commission member Carla Del Ponte said that the UN investigators gathered testimony from people injured in the Syrian conflict and medical staff indicating that the militants had used the nerve agent sarin, which UN Resolution 687 classifies as a weapon of mass destruction.
The commission also said that the inquiry had not yet seen evidence showing that government forces have used chemical weapons.
Damascus has repeatedly said that it will not use chemical weapons.
Former US President George W. Bush used faulty intelligence to justify invading Iraq in pursuit of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that turned out not to exist.
The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been
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