New U.N. probe of Syrian chemical weapons use to name perpetrators

September 10, 2015 10:55 PM

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Russia has backed off objections to a United Nations probe to determine who carried out chemical weapons attacks in Syria, allowing the Security Council to create a new investigative unit on Thursday empowered to assign blame.

The Kremlin has previously used or threatened to use its veto power as a permanent member of the Security Council to limit investigation of deadly chlorine and sarin gas attacks in Syria's civil war to confirming that they occurred without identifying the perpetrators.

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