UN Heads to Syria to Hunt Chemical Weapons

Officials to investigate weapons' use, but not who to blame

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2013 3:03 AM CDT | Updated Aug 15, 2013 6:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Following approval by Bashar al-Assad, a UN team is headed to Syria to investigate whether chemical weapons are being used in the country. "The departure of the team is now imminent," says a statement from secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. Inspectors will remain in Syria "for a period of up to 14 days, extendable upon mutual consent" with its leaders. The probe aims to determine if the weapons have been used without seeking to identify a perpetrator. Just one of three inspection sites is known: Khan al-Assal, in Aleppo, Reuters reports. The investigation follows 13 reports to the UN of chemical weapons use, including one from the Syrian government itself.

This Saturday, July 27, 2013 photo shows the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in the heavily disputed northern neighborhood of Khaldiyeh, in Homs, Syria.   (AP Photo/SANA)
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