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Chemical attacks in Khan Sheikoun
  • In the morning of April 4th, shortly after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated that the US would no longer oppose Assad’s presidency, the town of Khan Sheikoun in Idlib was targeted by chemical weapon attacks killing at least 100 people.
  • Hours later, both the local clinic and the civil defense headquarters were targeted by multiple airstrikes. The suffering is immeasurable.
  • The suffering is also immeasurable on every other day. It is telling that only chemical weapons give Syria’s war a blink of international attention nowadays. 
  • Will it be more than a blink? Unlikely. The Syrian government/military denied any responsibility and does anyone believe that the Trump administration will step in? Anyhow, the recent chemical attacks won’t be a turning point. What we see is just another horrific chapter of the Syrian war.
  • It is worth to mention that US led coalition airstrikes as well as Turkey also killed hundreds of civilians during the past few months. Can those parties present themselves as credible defenders of humanity?
  • What will happen next?  The Security Council will likely do nothing as long as there is no clear evidence. The rebel faction Ahrar al-Sham said it would allow foreign journalist access to the area and guarantee their safety. Inspection teams are already on their way.
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