UN: Chemical Weapons Used 5 Times

    FILE -- In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, a citizen journalism image provided by the United Media Office of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows members of the UN investigation team take samples from sand near a part of a missile that is likely to be one of the chemical rockets according to activists, in the Damascus countryside of Ain Terma, Syria. The dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is under way, but the mission faces multiple challenges, from an ambitious deadline and a raging civil war that threatens inspectors’ safety. It also has far-reaching political consequences, giving a political boost to President Bashar Assad and further alienating the rebels. (AP Photo/Local Committee of Arbeen, File)

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    The U.N.’s highly-anticipated report on chemical weapons in Syria was released late Thursday, and it’s just as grisly as expected. Investigators examined seven incidents and concluded that chemical weapons either were or were very likely used in five of them, including the massacre on August 21 that left 1,300 people dead. The weapons were confirmed by testing urine and blood samples from hospital patients, which showed traces of sarin. The report does not specify whether the attacks were carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime or by the opposition.

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