Can the U.S. Respond to the Syria Chemical Weapons Attack without Risking Escalation?

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After an apparent chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held Damascus suburb Saturday, the United States and its allies are considering retaliatory strikes against the Syrian government.

  • Sam Heller
  • ICG

In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Sam Heller lays out the Douma attack’s impact and the repercussions of a possible new U.S.-led intervention.

  • What do we know about the 7 April chemical weapons attack?

Kapn 2bOn the evening of 7 April 2018, the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma was subjected to an apparent chemical weapons attack.

According to local first responders, the attack killed more than 42 residents sheltering in their homes and affected more than 500.

The attack came as Syrian government forces subjected the city to a…

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