A senior Israeli officer said Wednesday it was difficult to believe that President Bashar Assad did not know about the chemical attack on Syrian civilians earlier this month.
According to the officer, Israeli intelligence shows that the attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun involved sarin gas and was carried out by senior officers in the Syrian army.
“It’s hard to believe that he didn’t know about it,” the officer said, adding that the use of these weapons pointed to “difficulties on Assad’s part. Using sarin shows that he’s deeply frustrated, and even though he has used chemical weapons in the past, this use created a change.”
The officer argued that the American missile attack on a Syrian air force base in response was not a strategic turnaround in the six-year Syrian war that has caused more than half a million deaths.
“The American attack is not a strategic turnabout but a combat development,” …
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