Definition of sarin
: an extremely toxic chemical weapon C4H10FO2P that is used as a lethal nerve gas —called also GB
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A report from the watchdog group that monitors the international chemical weapons treaty concluded Thursday that sarin, a deadly nerve agent, led to the deaths of more than 80 civilians in an April attack on Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.
The conclusion that sarin was used had been expected.
Last month, the U.S. fired cruise missiles on a government air base after accusing Assad's military of killing scores of civilians with a sarin-like nerve agent.
In 2013 a sarin attack left more than 1,400 dead, including more than 400 children, and a recent report by Human Rights Watch found that government forces have used nerve agents on at least four occasions in recent months.
Ayrault said France reached the conclusion after comparing samples from a 2013 sarin attack in Syria that matched the new ones.
As far back as the mid-1980s, the CIA claimed that the Syrian regime was capable of producing nearly eight tons of sarin per month.
Experts and monitors said the French report also appeared to offer near-definitive proof of the Syrian government’s involvement in an August 2013 sarin attack on the Damascus suburbs.
Following that attack, France obtained an intact, unexploded grenade containing 100 ml of sarin.
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Origin and Etymology of sarin
First Known Use: 1951See Words from the same year
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