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UN confirms chemical arms were used repeatedly in Syria

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of the seven attacks investigated by UN experts in Syria, where a 2-1/2-year civil war has killed over 100,000 people, according to a UN report published on Thursday. "The United Nations Mission concludes that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic," the final report by chief UN investigator Ake Sellstrom said. The report noted that in several cases the victims included soldiers and civilians, though it was not always possible to establish with certainty any direct links between the attacks, the victims and the alleged sites of the incidents. The final report was hand delivered in front of reporters to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by Sellstrom, the head of the UN mission that was investigating the seven cases of possible chemical weapons use in Syria, including an incident near Damascus in August that reportedly lef

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