25 May 2017

Bashar Al Assad

French intelligence says Assad forces carried out sarin attack

KONFRONTASI-French intelligence has concluded that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a sarin nerve gas attack on April 4 in northern Syria and that Assad or members of his inner circle ordered the strike, a declassified report showed.

The chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed scores of people, according to a war monitor, Syrian opposition groups and Western countries. It prompted the United States to launch a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base, its first deliberate assault on the Assad government in the six-year-old conflict.

Assad has said in two media interviews since April 4 that the evidence of a poison gas attack was false and denied his government had ever used chemical weapons.

The six-page French document - drawn up by France's military and foreign intelligence services and seen by said it reached its conclusion based on samples they had obtained from the impact strike on the ground and a blood sample from a victim.

"We know, from a certain source, that the process of fabrication of the samples taken is typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories," Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters after presenting the findings to the cabinet.

"This method is the signature of the regime and it is what enables us to establish the responsibility of the attack. We know because we kept samples from previous attacks that we were able to use for comparison."

Among the elements found in the samples were hexamine, a hallmark of sarin produced by the Syrian government, according to the report.

It said the findings matched the results of samples obtained by French intelligence, including an unexploded grenade, from an attack in Saraqib on April 29, 2013, which Western powers have accused the Assad government of carrying out.

"This production process is developed by Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) for the regime," the report said.

The United States on Monday blacklisted 271 employees belonging to the agency.

Syria agreed in September 2013 to destroy its entire chemical weapons program under a deal negotiated with the United States and Russia after hundreds of people were killed in a sarin gas attack in the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.

The report said that based on its assessments, there were "serious doubts on the accuracy, completeness and sincerity of the dismantlement of Syria's chemical arsenal."

Israel says Assad's forces still have several tonnes of chemical weapons

KONFRONTASI-Israel's military said on Wednesday it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after a chemical attack that killed nearly 90 people in Syria.

Israel, along with many countries, blames the strike on Assad's military. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said French intelligence services would provide proof of that in the coming days.

May dan Trump akan Bujuk Rusia untuk Putuskan Hubungan dengan Assad

KONFRONTASI-Perdana Menteri Inggris, Theresa May, berbicara dengan Presiden Amerika Serikat, Donald Trump, dan menyetujui memakai "jendela kesempatan" saat ini untuk membujuk Rusia agar memutuskan hubungan dengan Presiden Suriah, Bashar al-Assad.

Juru bicara Theresa May juga mengatakan, Trump telah mengucapkan terima kasih kepada May atas dukungannya terhadap aksi militer Amerika Serikat pekan lalu di Suriah melawan rezim Bashar.

Assad allies say U.S. attack on Syria air base crosses 'red lines'

KONFRONTASI-A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base on Friday crossed "red lines" and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally.

The United States fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian air base on Friday from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched earlier in the week, escalating the U.S. role in Syria and drawing criticism from Assad's allies including Russia and Iran.

Iran Yakin Penggunaan Senjata Kimia di Suriah Bukan Dilakukan Rezim Assad

KONFRONTASI-Iran mengecam "seluruh penggunaan senjata kimia" di Suriah, tapi mengatakan bahwa serangan mematikan pada pekan ini kemungkinan besar dilakukan "kelompok teroris", bukan rezim Presiden Bashar al-Assad.

"Iran mengecam keras seluruh penggunaan senjata kimia terlepas dari siapa pun pelakunya dan korbannya," kata juru bicara Kementerian Luar Negeri Bahram Ghassemi, Rabu, seperti dilansir AFP.

Namun, dia mengatakan perlunya untuk menghindari "penghakiman dan tuduhan terburu-buru yang menguntungkan... aktor tertentu".

Assad tells paper he sees no 'option except victory' in Syria

KONFRONTASI-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said there is no "option except victory" in the country's civil war in an interview published on Thursday, saying the government could not reach "results" with opposition groups that attended recent peace talks.

The interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List appeared to have been conducted before U.S. President Donald Trump accused Assad of crossing "many, many lines" with a poison gas attack on Tuesday.

KAMMI Tuntut Jokowi-JK Bersikap atas Kejahatan Perang Assad

KONFRONTASI-Serangan senjata kimia berbentuk gas yang ditembakkan dari pesawat rezim Assad melanda kota Khan Sheikhoun, Provinsi Idlib, Suriah, yang dikuasai pemberontak anti-Assad pada Selasa (4/4/2017). Serangan itu menewaskan 100 orang, termasuk 20 orang anak-anak dan 350 orang lainnya terluka.

Soal Penggunaan Senjata Kimia, Trump Anggap Assad Sudah Melewati Batas

KONFRONTASI-Presiden Amerika Serikat Donald Trump menuduh pemerintahan Presiden Suriah Bashar al-Assad telah "melewati garis merah" karena melancarkan serangan gas beracun kepada warga sipil. Trump menyatakan akibat serangan itu sikapnya terhadap Suriah dan Assad telah berubah total, namun tidak menyebutkan bagaimana dia merespons Assad.

Ribut Soal Aleppo, Kenapa Barat Diam Terkait Palmyra?

KONFRONTASI - Presiden Suriah menilai serangan kelompok teroris Daesh ke kota Tadmur (Palmyra) di Provinsi Homs adalah reaksi atas kemajuan pasukan pemerintah Suriah di Aleppo, Utara negara itu.

Bashar Al Assad, Presiden Suriah dalam wawancara dengan stasiun televisi Russia Today (14/12) memprotes diamnya pemerintah dan media-media Barat terkait serangan dan pendudukan kembali kota Palmyra oleh kelompok teroris.

ISIL bombs rock Assad government strongholds

KONFRONTASI-More than 100 people have been killed in multiple attacks claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group in ares controlled by the Syrian government, a monitoring group said.

Syrian state TV also reported the attacks, putting the death toll at 65.

Simultaneous car bombs and suicide bombers in bus stations, hospitals and elsewhere in the coastal cities of Tartus and Jableh in Latakia province on Monday appeared to severely breach government defences, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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