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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.
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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.
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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.
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>> 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.