UN to send chemical weapons investigators to Syria


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The United Nations sends a team to Syria to investigate claims of chemical weapons use. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government agreed to allow inspectors to go to 3 sites where the use of chemical weapons has been reported.

Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom leads the team. They will try to establish whether chemical weapons were used, not who used them.  The Syrian government and rebel forces have accused each other of using the weapons, but both sides have denied it. In June, the United States concludes government forces used the weapons against the rebels.

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