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Syria 'chemical weapon' claims

Syria's Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi said the country's armed forces would never use internationally banned weapons, after the government and rebels traded blame for what both sides said was a chemical weapon attack near Aleppo.

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Chemical weapons 'would push US towards intervention'

Malcolm Chalmers, research director at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), says the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a “game changer”.

“If indeed there is confirmation of chemical weapon use, then we would move much closer to some sort of American military intervention,” he said.

He added: “Both the regime and the rebels have said that chemical weapons have been used…

“Both the [US] President and the Secretary of State Clinton have made it clear that such use would be unacceptable and it would lead to unspecified consequences – but it’s pretty clear those consequences would be military.”

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