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Syrian regime advisor and Human Rights Watch on chemical attack

UN team samples sand near missile that likely delivered a chemical warhead (AP Photo/United media office of Arbeen)

UN team samples sand near missile that likely delivered a chemical warhead (AP Photo/United media office of Arbeen)

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A Russian proposal for Syria to hand over its chemical arsenal may offer the U.S. a chance to delay military action against Syria.

Until Monday, the Syrian Regime denied having chemical weapons. Yesterday, it agreed to the Russian proposal to turn over its non-existent arsenal thus avoiding, or at least delaying, military action against Syria.

An advisor to the Syrian regime, Bassam Abu Abdullah, would not comment on why the government has changed its story. But he insists that, even though Syria had the weapons in its possession, the regime never used them nor planned to use them. Russia and Syria both blamed rebel extremists for carrying out the chemical attack. But an independent investigation conducted by Human Rights Watch has determined that the regime is responsible.  Its investigation included speaking with witnesses, doctors who treated victims, and an analysis of physical evidence.  

Emergencies Director Peter Bouckaert says weapons systems used to deliver the chemical payload match those of the regime.

Click 'Listen' to hear HRW's Peter Bouckaert and regime advisor, Bassam Abu Abdullah.

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