Syria rivals accused of using chemical weapons in civil war

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. His regime has been accused on numerous occasions of using chemical weapons. PHOTO | SANA | HO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • A US intelligence report says with "high confidence" that Syria's government carried out the attacks. It says 1,429 people were killed, including 426 children.

  • A joint commission of the United Nations and the OPCW in August 2016 finds that helicopters from regime-controlled air bases dropped chlorine barrel bombs on two villages in the northwestern province of Idlib in 2014 and 2015.

  • The commission also accuses the Islamic State jihadist group of using mustard gas in August 2015 in the rebel stronghold of Marea in the northern province of Aleppo.

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