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French intelligence cites 'massive use' of chemical weapons in Syria

French intelligence cites 'massive use' of chemical weapons in Syria

PARIS — A French intelligence assessment alleges that the Syrian regime launched an attack Aug. 21 involving “massive use of chemical agents” and could carry out other strikes of a similar nature in the future. The government published a nine-page synopsis Monday that says at least 281 deaths can be attributed to the attack in areas outside Damascus. The analysis based that count in part from dozens of videos culled by French intelligence services. The United States has said the chemical attack killed more than 1,400 people, including at least 426 children. Secretary of State John Kerry has said sarin, a deadly nerve agent, was used in the attack. French President...

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