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Clearly, the last word has not been said about the chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, Syria, on April 4, which left 85 dead and an estimated 555 injured. But three points – concerning responsibility for the attack, the United States' military response to it, and the episode's effect on the course of Syria's civil war – need to be made.So one should prefer Russian President Vladimir Putin's account to Syrian President Bashar Assad's, and U.S. President Donald Trump's account to Putin's.Finally, the Trump administration cites conclusive evidence that the attack was planned and carried out by the Assad government.Although Trump's evidence has not been revealed, I think it is more likely than not that there was a sarin gas attack and that it was ordered by the Assad regime. The second point is that Trump has revealed his psychological instability. Of the 16 million Syrians who remain in Syria, 65.5 percent live in government-held territory.
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