8 April 2017

Was Bashar al-Assad responsible for the nerve agent, sarin attack

In an article by Emma Graham Harrison published in the Guardian newspaper on 7th April it is argued that Bashar al-Assad did have convincing reasons to use sarin in an attack on Khan Sheikhun town on Tuesday 4th April.  Joshua Landis, a long-time Syrian observer and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, said chemical weapons could be attractive to a leader running low on military alternatives. “I think Assad and his generals want to win the war but have a depleted and exhausted army,”  "He’s struggling in many places, locally, and this in itself can prompt the use of terror tactics. His army is in bad shape,” Joshua said.