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Full Accountability for War Crimes in Syria

The Bashar al Assad regime has been named for a third time as the culprit behind the use of chemical weapons on Syrians. 

A confidential report to the United Nations(UN) Security Council(SC) has found that the Syrian government dropped chlorine barrel bombs on the northwest Syrian province of Idlib on March 16, 2015, according to the BBC-News.

It was not the first time in 2015 that the Assad regime used chemical weapons on Syrians. An earlier report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons(OPCW), similarly faults the Syrian regime for two other chemical attacks in 2015.

The use of chemical weapons has been banned by the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. In 2013, the Assad government agreed to give up its chemical weapons under a deal brokered by Washington and Moscow.  The UN Security Council sealed that agreement with a resolution that if Syria did not comply, according to the BBC-News, it could face sanctions or military action under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

Obviously, the Assad regime has not complied with the resolution since it has been found to use chemical weapons two years after the deal. Therefore, the Syrian regime is guilty of war crimes and the military option against it must still stand. There must be full accountability of war crimes in Syria that have taken the lives of thousands of civilians and children.