Ambassador: 'Chemical attacks by terrorist groups'

The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations claimed that the chemical attacks in Damascus were carried out by terrorist groups, and not by Bashar Assad's regime.

Bashar Jaafari told a news conference at the UN in New York that the country's own soldiers had been infected by inhaling the poisonous gas, believed to be sarin.

He said he had sent a letter of request from the Syrian government to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to investigate the "heinous attacks".

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West 'threatening Syria solution'

The Russian Ambassador to the UK has accused the West of "deliberately undermining chances for a political solution in Syria" by pushing for military action. The US has said Syria must be held accountable for its "heinous" chemical weapons attack.