UN Inspectors Back in Syria
(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- After confirming that chemical weapons were used to slaughter civilians in an attack on a Damascus suburb last month, United Nations inspectors are again on the ground in Syria to complete the mission they started. The discovery of sarin gas used in the Aug. 21 assault that left 1,400 people dead pushed President Bashar al-Assad's regime to accept a Russian-brokered proposal to turn over its chemical weapons stockpiles to international control.
The U.N. report did not identify where the sarin gas originated from and both Assad and Moscow alleged it was rebel forces that launched the attack -- a claim rebuffed by the U.S. and its Western allies.
On their return to Syria, the inspectors hope to find evidence of a chemical weapons attack that occurred last March in Khan al Assal, a village not far from the country's largest city of Aleppo.
Again, both the Syrian government and opposition forces have accused one another of launching the deadly strike.
The Khan al Assal incident is one of 14 alleged attacks involving chemical weapons or agents that have occurred since the civil war began 30 months ago. The inspectors hope to investigate six of them.
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