Boris Johnson calls Assad a 'monster' who needs 'decapitating'


PARIS - France says it will provide proof within days that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime carried out the April 4 chemical attack in Syria that killed at least 90 people.

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal to avert US strikes following a chemical weapons attack in opposition-held suburbs of Damascus in August 2013 that killed hundreds of people and sparked worldwide outrage. Top Assad ally, Russia, has asserted a Syrian government airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons factory, causing the disaster.

Israel has largely stayed out of the civil war raging in its northern neighbor. But doubts began to emerge soon afterward that not all such armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed.

It will be "very difficult" for the United Kingdom government to refuse military assistance to the USA in Syria if they expressly ask for it, British FM Boris Johnson has said, responding to an MP's question on if he intends to heed parliament's vote against the incursion. In August 2013, the regime also used sarin in the suburbs of the capital Damascus, killing 1,429 people, including 426 children.

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"While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible", Uzumcu told the meeting of the body's executive council which resumed today at its headquarters in The Hague. Damascus denied any involvement in the Idlib incident, while the Syrian army said it does not possess chemical weapons.

A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an global watchdog, is investigating the incident and is expected to issue a report within two weeks.

In an address to British MPs on Tuesday, Johnson said the UK government has not taken any decision yet but would find it "very difficult" to reject a request from the United States regarding attacks on Syria.

On April 4, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces blamed the Syrian government for an alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun.