US and allied strikes against Syria took out targets with materiel that could have been used to produce chemical weapons such as sarin, a senior US official says.
There was “information” that showed that both sarin and chlorine were used in the most recent chemical weapons attack in Syria, prompting the US strikes, the official said on Saturday.
“We assess that both sarin and chlorine were used in the attack,” the official said.
The official added that “while the available information is much greater on the chlorine use, we do have significant information that also points to sarin use” in the attack.
Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s progress in the seven-year-old civil war.