French Intelligence labels Assad Govt. responsible for chemical attack

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

London [U.K.], April 26 (ANI): France has said that it has evidence that the Bashar-Al-Assad-led Syrian Government was responsible for the chemical attack that killed 89 people. French Intelligence Unit claims to have identified the chemical signature of the Syrian Government, indicating that Sarin was used in the bombings. They said that the chemical compound was the hallmark of Assad's Sarin manufacturing process, the Guardian quoted a declassified intelligence report. Samples of the chemical compound were collected from the scene of the attack in Khan Sheikhun town. "Based on this overall evaluation and on reliable and consistent intelligence collected by our services, France assesses that the Syrian armed forces and security services perpetrated a chemical attack using Sarin against civilians," the report says. The French intelligence agency's report also pointed to the presence of sarin, hexamine and diisopropyl methylphosphonate, a compound formed when sarin is synthesized. The report said that the chemical found there matches the biological fingerprint of the Assad government's sarin manufacturing process. The report added that the same chemicals were found in the samples from a 2013 attack in Idlib's Saraqeb town, which was also linked to the regime. The April 4 attack drew worldwide condemnation and provoked the United States to launch two 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian airbase. (ANI)