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e missile and airstrikes on Syrian facilities said to house chemical weapons had less of an impact on President Bashar al-Assad's capabilities than White House statements would suggest. That's according to four US officials who spoke to Reuters anonymously. They said the attacks orchestrated by the French, British, and American forces had only a limited effect, and that Assad's stockpiles were scattered far beyond the three targets hit.
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The officials also say that Allied intelligence suggests some of it is stored behind human shields such as schools and in civilian apartment buildings. But the Trump administration has previously implied that the Syrian government was dealt a devastating blow. When asked about Reuters findings, White House spokesperson said the purpose of the operations was to deter future chemical attacks while minimizing civilian casualties.
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Meanwhile, international weapons inspectors are still yet to reach the site of suspected chemical attacks which sparked the strikes in Syria. The poison gas attack is said to have occurred on April 7th. Inspectors fear if they don't reach it soon that the evidence may dissipate or be covered up.