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US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has slammed former President Barack Obama for not taking action against the Syrian government after the chemical weapons attack on Eastern Ghouta in September 2013.

During a phone interview with Al Jazeera on Saturday, the senior US official said the Obama administration’s reluctance to intervene militarily had allowed further chemical attacks to take place.

“President Obama’s administration by many accounts never did enough to try to stop this, ” she said, adding Obama had drawn a “red-line” and let Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “run right through” it.

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Up to 1,417 people died in the 2013 and US-led intervention against Assad was averted after Western states agreed to a Russian-brokered agreement to force Syria to give up its chemical weapons arsenal.

However, the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government continued with multiple attacks reported since, using toxic agents, such as chlorine, mustard gas, and sarin.

After the Trump administration took the reins of the White House in January 2017, the US took a harder stance on the use of chemical weapons than the one adopted by Obama.

Nauert said President Donald Trump had tried diplomatic approaches to get Assad to relinquish his chemical weapons after US strikes in April 2017, but the approach had not worked because of Moscow’s diplomatic backing for Syria.

“They (Russia) are not serious about peace and stability, and we know that because they continue to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad as he kills his own people,” she said.

According to Nauert, one of the State Department’s most senior officials pending Secretary of State-nominee Mike Pompeo’s confirmation, the US, UK, and France on Saturday had taken a leadership role in countering further use of chemical weapons by the Assad government.

The US official said Saturday’s missile strikes had achieved their goal of degrading Syria’s chemical weapons capacity.

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Benoit says:

If they have such a heart why are they ignoring Yemen?

Joe Black says:

Like USA care…

Mr Coffee says:

Find your self a happy kitchen and stay there .

Azrul Osman says:

they just want to make media forget about palestine isu right now…

outlaw scumfuc says:

the only reason I’m mad is because we didn’t use nukes

kamran kam says:

Stupid presenter. So let's have more excuse to bomb. Here is an answer silly girl, it is non of your business!

Bee be Cee says:

The US MIC let off firecrackers but invoiced the taxpayers hundreds of million dollars. Follow the money. Mission accomplished and the Congress/Senate are in joyful celebration.

Yahya Sowe says:

How many innocent people are dying in America Everyday,
#BlackLivesMatter Your government have to care About that…

pimpciak says:

Laughable at this point…

Joshua Paul says:

They are trying to rationalize nonsense.  Without UNSC authorization, therefore in breach of international law and the UN Charter, and before the OPCW had an opportunity to investigate Douma, US and its allies struck Syria. Most of Syria is in rubble and US, UK and France just to save face (with the arrival of OPCW experts the situation became simply embarrassing) blow up empty buildings wasting 140 million of hard-earned taxpayers' dollars in the process. Get out of Syria! Even fake news MSM will not be able to sell this nonsense to American people.

Seven Sevens says:

Did USA strike ISIS or are they the Airforce for ISIS?

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