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Pompeo accuses Syria of using chemical weapons to attack

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Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, speaking on the sidelines of the U. N. General Assembly on Thursday, said the United States has concluded that Syrian government used chemical weapons in an attack at the beginning of this year.

Pompeo said U.S. officials had determined that the Syrian President had been used by Bashar Assad’s government chlorine in the attack on the opposition forces in the Idlib province on September 19.

“The Assad regime is responsible for countless atrocities, some of which rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Pompeo said in a news conference.

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U.S. officials in may said they did not receive reports that provide, in accordance with a chemical attack in the North-West of Syria, but a definitive conclusion at the time.

In April 2018, the US, Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as a retaliation for what they described as a suspected chemical attack that killed more than 40 people earlier this month.

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“This is different, in a sense, because it was chlorine… know, however, that President, Trump has been quite strong in the protection of the world from the use of chemical weapons,” said Pompeo.

He added that the US would Finance an additional $4.5 million to the Organisation for the prohibition of Chemical weapons, the investigation into other cases of alleged Syrian chemical weapons.

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Pompeo called on the Assad government for the release of thousands of unlawfully detained prisoners, including the U.S. journalist, Austin Tice, has been missing and presumed by the government for seven years.

“He is just one of a number of American citizens, in Syria, and we call on the Syrian regime to let go of it all.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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