US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Damascus of using chemical weapons in May 2019 in Idlib. At the same time, the official declined to elaborate on how the US is going to respond in light of the accusations.

“The Assad regime is responsible for innumerable atrocities some of which rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Today I am announcing that the United States has concluded that the Assad regime used chlorine as a chemical weapon on May 19”, he said.

Ahead of the announcement, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed US official, that a new intelligence assessment allegedly indicated that government forces had used chlorine agents on the battlefield near the village of Kabani in Syria’s Latakia province on 19 May.

It is not clear how the US got this information, as the area itself is controlled by hardline groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party.

The last time the US struck the Syrian military was in April 2018; this was in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma in the East Ghouta region.

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rabbi drewzif
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“It is not clear how the US got this information, as the area itself is controlled by hardline groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party.”

Exactly there will be no evidence provided, the US will just make it all up for a casus belli.
Imagination is a great thing !

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A casus belli would mean an attack on USA (this includes navy-vessels and embassies). “Casus belli” means “cause for war”.
This ismore likely a PR prop for an excuse to do some strike on SAA, in fact, I wouldn’t be too surprised if they ended striking IRGC bases, as, officially, there are no IRGC bases according to Iran 😉

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@ Marg bar, Yes i agree they need an excuse to attack the SAA and they have used this gas attack feint several times before. The SAA and their allies are wiping the floor with the jihadist terrorists it’s not good for the US or Israel.

It is, as you say, also the opportunity to attack IRGC bases in Syria whether they exist or not, and this is the “casus belli” they need to attack Iran on behalf of Israel. Lets not forget who controls congress and the senate.
The” cause for war ” as always is carried out at Israels behest.

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@ Daesh; It is even more likely a pre-emptive casus foederis,aimed at the perceived threat of the IRGC and it’s forces whether they are present or not and carried out at the behest of it’s Israeli ally.
It is Iran and Syria who have a case for “casus belli” , after all it is Israel who have been carrying out aggressive acts of war against them

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@death2, wrong – the US red line is chemicals. So the 5 eyes are making up pretexts to attack in Syria again – probably together with France. Since the French IDF “explainer” here always justifies the illegal attacks on Hezbollah and IRGC. Frankly there are no UNSC resolutions giving anyone the permission to strike Syrian forces and their government’s allies in Syria. All there is is a deduced justification to fight IS because of the genocides the organization committed against non Sunni groups.

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They got there information by telling the terrorist that are armed and trained by the US what to say!

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Or perhaps more likely, they said it on behalf of the terrorists and further saying “shut up terrorist buddies or your funding is gonna dry up”.

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COMING FROM A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT? SHOW US THE PROOF THAT YOU DON’T HAVE

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TRUMP AND BROWNED NOSE POMPEO HAVE TO CREAT ANOTHER DISTRACTION FOR WHAT IS GOING ON IN TH WHITE HOUSE.

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Agreed.
Not even an amateurish White Helmets video to attempt to backup this ludicrous claim. And also how convenient is it to bring up this accusation just as Trump is about to be impeached…..