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>> International investigators have said for the first time, they suspect president Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. This, according to a document seen by Reuters from a joint inquiry for the UN and global watchdog. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Reuters Amsterdam bureau chief Anthony Deutsch got an exclusive look at some of the investigator's findings.>> This organization has never formally identified any individuals. And the document for which I have seen, it names the president Bashar al-Assad, and his younger brother. It names several other high ranking members of the defense forces, various Air Force units.
And it goes down through the chain of command to the heads of the helicopter units.>> Chemical weapons are banned by international law, but Syria is not a member of the International Criminal Court. Alleged war crimes could be referred to the UN Security Council, but Syria's ally, Russia wields veto power.
>> Yes, these are the types of crimes that you would expect to come before an international war crimes tribunal. Is that gonna happen in Syria's case? Well we're a long way from that ever happening.>> A Syrian government official said accusations that government forces had used chemical weapons had quote no basis in truth.