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Russia says it’s compiled 100-page report blaming Syrian rebels for a chemical weapons attack

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Matthew Schofield
McClatchy [1]
September 5, 2013

Russia says it has compiled a 100-page report detailing what it says is evidence that Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, were behind a deadly sarin gas attack in an Aleppo suburb earlier this year.

In a statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website late Wednesday. Russia said the report had been delivered to the United Nations in July and includes detailed scientific analysis of samples that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack, Khan al Asal.

Russia said its investigation of the March 19 incident was conducted under strict protocols established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international agency that governs adherence to treaties prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. It said samples that Russian technicians had collected had been sent to OPCW-certified laboratories in Russia.

The report itself was not released. But the statement drew a pointed comparison between what it said was the scientific detail of the report and the far shorter intelligence summaries that the United States, Britain and France have released to justify their assertion that the Syrian government launched chemical weapons against Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21. The longest of those summaries, by the French, ran nine pages. Each relies primarily on circumstantial evidence to make its case, and they disagree with one another on some details, including the number of people who died in the attack.

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[1] McClatchy: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/09/05/201268/russia-releases-100-page-report.html#.UiipY9JJHni

[2] Syrian rebels aim to use chemical weapons, blame Damascus – report: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syrian-rebels-aim-to-use-chemical-weapons-blame-damascus-%e2%80%93-report.html

[3] Russia says Syrian rebels used chemical arms near Aleppo: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-says-syrian-rebels-used-chemical-arms-near-aleppo.html

[4] REPORT: Russian forces take Syrian chemical, biological weapons under control: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-russian-forces-take-syrian-chemical-biological-weapons-under-control.html

[5] Russia, China Urge Respect Of Syrian Sovereignty As UN Finds Only Syrian Rebels Used Chemical Weapons: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-china-urge-respect-of-syrian-sovereignty-as-un-finds-only-syrian-rebels-used-chemical-weapons.html

[6] Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident – Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/materials-implicating-syrian-govt-in-chemical-attack-prepared-before-incident-russia.html

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