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Chemical attacks in Syria. Where’s the proof Assad was responsible?

•, Brad Knickerbocker
 As the Obama administration fights for political and diplomatic support for attacking the regime of Bashar al-Assad over chemical weapons in Syria, one critical issue remains unclear.

Who, exactly, used these weapons of mass destruction to kill hundreds of Syrians?

So far, no slam-dunk, smoking-gun evidence – the kind that proved to be so elusive in Iraq 10 years ago – has been produced. That has left the door open to alternate scenarios and conspiracy theories about who was responsible – the Assad regime or rebel groups backed by outside forces.

In his initial statement 10 days ago about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry was adamant about who was to blame for an attack in the suburbs of Damascus that he said killed 1,429 people, including 426 children.

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