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  Shvat 5, 5773 , 16/01/13

US Downplays Syria's Reported Use of Chemical Weapons

The United States on Tuesday brushed aside a report of a leaked State Department cable indicating that Syria had used chemical weapons in its brutal crackdown on a nearly two-year-old rebellion.

Foreign Policy Magazine said it had acquired a leaked State Department report by American diplomats in Turkey that made a "compelling case" that President Bashar al-Assad's forces had used poison gas.

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