US requests inquiry into mass chemical arms attack in Syria

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August 21, 2013 19:10

 
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WASHINGTON -- The United States is "deeply concerned" by reports that hundreds of Syrian civilians have been killed in Syria in a chemical attack perpetrated by the government of Bashar Assad, the White House said on Wednesday.

The US will thus formally request that the United Nations "urgently investigate this new allegation," and has called an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council.

Free Syrian Army leadership has alleged that up to 1600 have been killed in Ghouta, a suburb of the capital city of Damascus, with chemical weapons.

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