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Pentagon memo: Syria has ‘ridiculously huge’ stockpile of sarin gas

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A Syrian man carrying a man on his back who has suffered from a suspected chemical attack, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun
A Syrian man carrying a man on his back who has suffered from a suspected chemical attack, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun
The Washington Times, April 6, 2017 - Syria produced a “ridiculously huge amount” of deadly sarin gas, says an internal Defense Department memo written amid the Obama administration’s effort to remove and destroy all the country’s chemical weapons.
That stockpile, which Obama aides declared was reduced to zero by summer 2014, is back in the news.
President Trump on Wednesday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of once again committing mass murder against his own people by unleashing sarin gas on a town in Idlib province, killing dozens of innocents.
His words raise the question, where did the sarin come from? An intelligence official said, that at this point, the U.S. does not know.
“Our incompetence did not get all of Assad’s chemical weapons,” said James Dolbow, a former Republican Senate defense aide.
It was Mr. Assad’s brutal use of sarin in August 2013 that prompted President Barack Obama to plan airstrikes on a wide number of Syrian military targets. The raids were averted when Russian President Vladimir Putin, an Assad protector, intervened and proposed that Syrian voluntarily give up its chemical weapons.

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