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UN extends Syria gas attacks probe

Backed by Russia, the UN Security Council agreed to extend the joint investigation by UN-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) until November 2017The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously decided to extend for another year the mandate of a panel tasked with investigating chemical attacks in Syria and identifying those responsible. Backed by Russia, the council adopted a US-drafted resolution to prolong the joint investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) until November 2017. US Ambassador Samantha Power said the work of the panel, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), was “far from finished” and pointed to reports of alleged chlorine gas attacks in east Aleppo.

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