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White House says highly likely that Assad's regime, not rebels, was behind any chemical weapons use in Syria

Last modified: 6 May 2013 21:03

The US said it was "highly sceptical" of an assertion that Syrian rebels had used chemical weapons, after a UN human rights investigator suggested the opposition had 
deployed sarin gas.

"We are highly skeptical of suggestions that the opposition could have or did use chemical weapons," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. "We find it highly likely that any chemical weapon use that has taken place in Syria was done by the Assad regime. And that remains our position."

A senior US official separately said that Washington had no information to suggest Syrian rebels had "capability or the intent to deploy or use such weapons."