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USA: Pompeo says Syrian gov. forces used chemical weapons in May01:21

USA: Pompeo says Syrian gov. forces used chemical weapons in May

United States, New York City
September 26, 2019 at 21:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Syrian government forces used "chlorine as a chemical weapon" in Latakia province on May 19 as part of its campaign in Idlib. He spoke on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City on Thursday.

"Today, I am announcing that the United States has concluded that the Assad regime used chlorine as a chemical weapon on May 19 in an attack at Latakia province, Syria. This attack was part of the Assad regime's ongoing violent campaign in Idlib," said Pompeo.

He went on to say that Washington would provide an additional $4.5 million (€4.12 million) to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "to help its investigations of continued chemical weapons use in Syria."

Pompeo also called on the Syrian government to release thousands of "American citizens held in Syria", including US journalist Austin Tice, who is believed to have spent "seven years in captivity."

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Syrian government forces used "chlorine as a chemical weapon" in Latakia province on May 19 as part of its campaign in Idlib. He spoke on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City on Thursday.

"Today, I am announcing that the United States has concluded that the Assad regime used chlorine as a chemical weapon on May 19 in an attack at Latakia province, Syria. This attack was part of the Assad regime's ongoing violent campaign in Idlib," said Pompeo.

He went on to say that Washington would provide an additional $4.5 million (€4.12 million) to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "to help its investigations of continued chemical weapons use in Syria."

Pompeo also called on the Syrian government to release thousands of "American citizens held in Syria", including US journalist Austin Tice, who is believed to have spent "seven years in captivity."

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