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Syria developing new types of chemical weapons

02 February 2018, 09:42 | Damon Campbell

White Helmet civil defence worker breathes oxygen after suspected chlorine attack in Douma Credit White Helmets

White Helmet civil defence worker breathes oxygen after suspected chlorine attack in Douma

USA officials on Thursday said the Syrian military was shifting tactics to try to hide its role in using such weapons.

The department was echoing comments made by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said Moscow, a key Syrian ally, should also be held partially accountable for failing to enforce a strict ban on the use of chemical weapons.

Bashar al-Assad's forces have instead "evolved" their chemical weapons, and used them in smaller amounts.

WASHINGTON-The Trump administration warned Syria about an increase in the use of poison gas against civilians, despite last year's cruise-missile strike aimed at deterring the Assad regime from carrying out such attacks.

"We are on the record and you all have seen how we reacted to that, so they would be ill-advised to go back to violating the chemical (weapons) convention", Mattis said. "To allow the Syrian regime to use chemical or other weapons against its people yet again is absolutely unconscionable".

Previous attacks on January 22 and January 13 caused symptoms consistent with chemical exposure in more than two dozen civilians.

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A Civil Defence member carries a damaged canister in Ibleen village from what activists said was a chlorine gas attack, on Kansafra, Ibleen and Josef villages, Idlib countryside May 3, 2015. In April of 2017, Trump ordered an attack on a Syrian airbase after a chemical attack blamed on the Syrian regime in Khan Sheikhun.

Mr Assad's forces have instead "evolved" their chemical weapons and made continued occasional use of them in smaller amounts since the attacks a year ago, the officials told reporters in a briefing.

Long-time ally Russian Federation has also rejected claims about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and called into question the results of the OCPW inquiries.

Assad's forces have instead "evolved" their chemical weapons and made continued occasional use of them in smaller amounts since a deadly attack last April that drew a United States missile strike on a Syrian air base, the officials told reporters in a briefing.

Reports of chemical attacks have continued to stream in from Syria, noted AP, including as recently as Thursday, when rescue workers in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma reported what they described as a suspected chlorine gas attack that injured a number of civilians.

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