Ninth Anniversary of Syria’s Ghouta Chemical Weapons Attack

Nine years ago, in the early morning hours of August 21, 2013, the Assad regime launched the nerve agent sarin at Syrian civilians in the Ghouta neighborhood of Damascus, killing more than 1,400 people, many of them children. Today, we remember this tragic event with horror and recommit ourselves to accountability to the perpetrators.

The United States remembers and honors the victims and survivors of the Ghouta attack and the many other chemical attacks we believe were launched by the Assad regime. We condemn in the strongest terms any use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anyone, under any circumstances. There can be no impunity for those who use chemical weapons; the United States uses every tool available to promote accountability for such attacks.

The United States calls on the Assad regime to declare and fully destroy its chemical weapons program, in accordance with its international obligations, and on the regime to allow access to the assessment team of the declaration of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at home to confirm Syria has resolved all remaining concerns regarding the regime’s chemical weapons program.

The United States strongly supports international and Syrian-led efforts to seek justice for the countless atrocities committed against the Syrian people, some of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. We also reaffirm our support for an inclusive political resolution of the Syrian conflict in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.