US, Russia trade claims about who used chem weapons in Syria

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Haley led a special open session of the U.N. Security Council devoted to the chemical attack, which the United States has blamed on the Assad regime. While then-President Barack Obama said "Assad must go" in 2011, the U.S. and an alliance of rebels it backed never mounted a successful campaign to overthrow him.

"When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action", Nikki Haley told the council, without elaborating. "Big impact. That was a frightful, disgusting thing", he said at a White House news conference with King Abdullah II of Jordan. "A frightful, disgusting thing, unspeakable", Trump said. "Ultimately, we can not expect to be safe ourselves from the threats emanating from the Middle East as long as Bashar al-Assad remains in power".

"These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a effect of the past administration's weakness and irresolution, "the statement read, in part".

Alghabra said the ongoing Syrian conflict is frustrating, given his personal connections to the carnage.

"It's simply impossible to shame the Assad and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin regimes with words alone", said Sen. "They are now facing exactly the same bad dilemmas that Obama faced and will quickly realize there are no easy ways to deal with the situation", said Phil Gordon, Obama's top Mideast adviser from 2013 to 2015.

The United States and Russian Federation were trading conflicting assertions Wednesday about who launched a chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 72 people, as world leaders grasped for a response to the latest atrocity in Syria's intractable civil war. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said its on-the-ground sources reported that one neighbourhood "was bombed with material believed to be gases which caused suffocation and other symptoms, like intense breathing secretion, iris shrinkage, pail, general spasm, and other symptoms".

Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, said, "The images and reports coming from Idlib today leave me shocked, saddened and outraged". 'We can not allow this suffering to continue'.

She said the global community must investigate, identify who did it, and hold them to account.

Toxic attack kills 58 in Syria, military denies involvement
Reasonable people can disagree with that view, but one person who doesn't disagree, though he may think he does, is Donald Trump. Among his tweets on the matter, he urged Obama in all caps, "DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN".

Turkish experts evacuate a victim, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, of alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syrian city of Idlib, at a local hospital in Reyhanli, Hatay, Turkey.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it was "seriously concerned" by reports of Tuesday's attack. Russian Federation has the power to veto it, as it has done to block all previous resolutions that would harm Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But Russia says anti-Assad rebels are to blame. Tillerson noted both countries signed up as guarantors to a recent Syrian cease-fire and said they must pressure Assad not to conduct more such attacks.

Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll reported Hollande's comments during a weekly cabinet meeting.

Trump earlier described Tuesday's incident as "heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime" and faulted Obama for having failed to enforce the red line four years ago.

In 2014, the OPCW said Syria had handed over its declared stockpile of chemical weapons.

Condemnation is growing as the US, UK and the European Union blamed the Syrian government for the deadly incident, hours before the start of a donor conference on Syria was due to begin in Brussels.

A United Nations investigation previous year found two instances where regime forces had used chlorine as a chemical weapon. That was interpreted by many to mean that the Obama administration goal of removing Assad from power and pushing for a political solution to the Syrian war had been set aside.

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