Israeli military officials: U.S. gave 2-hour warning before striking Syria

Konashenko said only by carrying out an objective investigation on the spot can the truth be established about what happened in the Khan Sheikhun area of Syria's southern Idlib province and who was responsible.

A senior Israeli officer said Wednesday it was hard to believe that President Bashar Assad did not know about the chemical attack on Syrian civilians earlier this month.

"Incontrovertible" test results show that sarin gas or a chemically similar substance to the nerve agent was used in an incident which killed 86 people in a Syrian village earlier this month, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said.

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"One ton of sarin could easily be used to perpetrate an attack on the scale of the 2013 attack".

"One ton of sarin could easily be used to perpetrate an attack on the scale of the 2013 attack", Kaszeta said.

The global chemical arms watchdog Thursday "overwhelmingly" rejected a Russian-Iranian move to launch a new investigation into a suspected chemical attack in Syria, delegates said, backing the probe already underway.

Following the USA attack on a Syrian government airbase earlier this month, many allies of the USA will want to know how the Trump team intends to approach Syria.

He spoke on condition of anonymity under military briefing rules.

On April 4, an alleged chemical attack killed dozens of people in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syrias Idlib province.

Asked by CNN whether its evidence amounted to proof that the Syrian regime carried out the attack, the OPCW said that it was still investigating the incident.

Earlier this week, Assad's former chemical weapons research chief told Britain's The Telegraph that Syria had "at least 2,000 tons" of chemical weapons before the war and only declared 1,300.

Shabaan added that both Russian Federation and Syria are convinced that neither the United States nor the OPCW will set up a committee of inquiry to clarify the causes of the incident in Khan Shaikhun since the use of chemical weapons in this area 'was a scene'.

The Syrian government has been locked in a six-year civil war against an array of opposition forces.

"We were not asked for specific support, but it is my belief-I stress that no such decision has yet been taken-that were such a request to be made in future and were it to be a reasonable request in pursuit of similar objectives, it would be very hard for the United Kingdom to say no", the top British diplomat said, without elaborating.

On April 6, U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the deployment of 59 cruise missiles against a Syrian air base in response to the attack. The U.S. retaliated two days later with a missile strike against the al-Shayrat air base in Syria.

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