US checking whether Russia knew about chemical attack in advance

According to a Pentagon official, the U.S. government has evidence showing that a Russian drone was above the Khan Sheikhoun hospital that was bombed just a few hours after the Idlib chemical attack. The Pentagon is now searching for any evidence indicating that the Russian government knew about the chemical attack in advance.

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While Russia has denied that it was involved in the chemical attack in Idlib, the U.S. is finding Moscow’s story hard to believe. Yesterday evening (Friday), American media outlets reported that Washington is checking whether Moscow was involved in the deadly attack.

According to the CNN report, a senior-level U.S. defense official confirmed that the Pentagon is searching for any evidence indicating that the Russian government knew about the chemical attack in advance and maybe even played a role in it. When CNN asked Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov about the possibility, he replied: “That is not true.”

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According to the report, the U.S. is examining whether a Russian aircraft bombed a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun, where victims of the chemical attack were being treated, in order to destroy evidence. A U.S. defense official said that the government has evidence indicating that a Russian aircraft was above the hospital at the same time that it was bombed. He added that the aircraft was a Russian drone but because of the fact that the Russians use drones frequently in the area, it is hard to determine exactly what happened there.



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