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Heather Nauert: Obama 'never did enough' to stop Syria carnage

Heather Nauert: Obama 'never did enough' to stop Syria carnage
From Al Jazeera - April 15, 2018

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 subsequent 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.

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, andmultiple attacks have been reported since, using toxic agents, such as chlorine, mustard gas, and sarin.

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