Russia: Syria Won’t Use Chemicals

    A Syrian soldier investigates the scene after a bomb attached to a fuel truck exploded outside a Damascus hotel where U.N. observers are staying in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. Several  people were wounded, Syria's state TV reported. TV said the explosion took place near a parking lot used by the army command, which is about 300 meters (yards) away. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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    Russia believes that Syria will not use its stockpile of chemical weapons, a Russian state newspaper reported on Wednesday. President Obama said on Monday that the use of chemical weapons would be a “red line” that could cause action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West against taking any unilateral action. Meanwhile, the Syrian Army reportedly sent tanks into Damascus and shelled the neighborhoods where the rebels are rumored to operate. At least 24 people were reportedly killed nationwide in Aleppo on Tuesday, as rebels said they are gaining ground.

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