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Russia warns Syria against using chemical weapons
A 2011 photo shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with army leaders, including Defense Minister Daoud Rajha (front, right), who was killed in a rebel bombing July 18.
A 2011 photo shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with army leaders, including Defense Minister Daoud Rajha (front, right), who was killed in a rebel bombing July 18.
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ussia warned Syria Tuesday not to use chemical weapons, citing an international protocol Syria ratified in 1968 that bars the use of poison gases as a method of warfare. On Monday, Jihad Makdissi, Syria's foreign ministry spokesman — while warning that Syria would use chemical weapons if attacked by international parties — inadvertently confirmed that Syria possesses weapons of mass destruction, something that had long been suspected. Early Tuesday, Makidissi walked back those comments, saying that his comments were not a "declaration of [Syria] possessing non-traditional weapons."

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