US intel agencies suspect Assad kept chemical weapons despite 2013 deal

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April 6, 2017 23:26
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US intelligence agencies suspect that Syrian President Bashar Assad kept some of the chemical weapons or components that he agreed to surrender under a 2013 US-Russian deal, a US intelligence official said on Thursday.

"We have never taken the Assad regime at its word that it declared its entire chemical weapons stockpile," said the US intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Assad has repeatedly shown that he is willing to use whatever chemical weapons he has retained or reconstituted to attack and terrorize his own people," the official said.

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