Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Syria preparing for chemical weapons attack, US says

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responds to a question from the news media during a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 June 2017. Today’s briefing was closed to video, but open for still photographers, audio recording and open for reporters. EFE

Washington DC, Jun 26 (EFE).- The government of the United States on Monday announced that it has identified the Syrian regime’s “possible preparations” for launching a new chemical weapons attack in Syria, and warned that the president and his Armed Forces “will pay a heavy price” if that happens.

In a statement, the White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said the activities identified were “similar” to the preparations that the Syrian government under Bashar al-Assad had made before the chemical attack on Apr. 4.

However, the White House did not elaborate on where or when it detected the Syrian regime’s “potential preparations” for a new chemical attack, but only notes that it “would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.”

Syrian women living in Jordan carry banners and shouts slogans against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad regime in front of Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan, 21 August 2014. Hundreds of Syrian people living in Jordan gathered marking the first anniversary of the Assad regime’s chemical attacks on Al Ghouta. EFE

“As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price,” Spicer said.

Following the chemical attack in northern Syria on Apr. 4, which the West blamed on the Assad regime, US President Donald Trump ordered a unilateral bombardment of a Syrian government air base, in the city of Homs.

Such bombing marked Washington’s first direct attack on the Damascus regime in six years of conflict, and also thwarted the thawing relations between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump and Putin are scheduled to have their first bilateral meeting next week, as part of the G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, Germany.