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UN will investigate alleged chemical attack in Syria

The United Nations will investigate an alleged chemical attack that killed 26 people near Aleppo, Syria. The inquiry will explore "the specific incident brought to my attention by the Syrian government," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who emphasized the need for all sides to cooperate. "I am of course aware that there are other allegations of similar cases involving the reported use of chemical weapons," he added. Reuters (3/21), Reuters (3/20), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"With foreign combat troops withdrawn from Iraq, long-simmering conflicts and the civil war's fallout are rearing their heads. ... Instead of rebuilding [Iraq] and providing for basic humanitarian needs, the international community is letting Iraq set itself up for conflict and humanitarian problems."

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