An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog has concluded that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria's civil war. The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's Idlib province left more than 90 people dead, including women and children, and sparked outrage around the world as photos and video of the aftermath were widely broadcast. The investigation did not apportion blame, per the AP. Its findings will be used by a United Nations investigation team to assess who was responsible.
"I strongly condemn this atrocity, which wholly contradicts the norms enshrined in the Chemical Weapons Convention," the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement. The OPCW scheduled a meeting of its Executive Council July 5 to discuss the findings, and members of the group will take part in the UN inquiry. The State Department said in a statement that "the facts reflect a despicable and highly dangerous record of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime." President Trump cited images of the aftermath of the Khan Sheikhoun attack when he launched a punitive strike days later. (Read more chemical weapons stories.)