UN Syria chemical weapons probe extended for one month

A young man breathes with an oxygen mask on March 17, 2015 at a clinic in Sarmin, the capital of Syria's Idlib province, following reports of suffocation cases related to an alleged regime gas attack in the areaThe UN Security Council has given a panel investigating chemical weapons use in Syria another month to complete its work and determine who is responsible for chlorine attacks in the war, the United Nations said Thursday. The UN-led joint investigative mechanism (JIM) last month reported that Syrian government forces had carried out at least two chemical attacks in 2014 and 2015 and that Islamic State jihadists had used mustard gas as a weapon. It was the first time an authoritative probe had pointed the finger of blame at President Bashar al-Assad’s forces after years of denial from Damascus.

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