French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, says samples show forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used sarin nerve gas in an April 4 attack in northern Syria. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION Samples obtained by French intelligence show that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "undoubtedly" used sarin nerve gas in an April 4 attack in northern Syria, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Wednesday (April 26), citing a declassified report. The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed scores of people and prompted the United States to launch a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base in response, its first direct assault on the Assad government in the conflict. The six-page document - drawn up by France's military and foreign intelligence services and seen by Reuters - said it was able to reach its conclusion based on samples they had obtained from the impact strike on the ground, and a blood sample from a victim.