Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press, citing high-level German surveillance sources

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A handout image purporting to show UN weapons inspectors collecting samples at the site of the Aug. 21 gas attack in Syria.

A handout image purporting to show UN weapons inspectors collecting samples at the site of the Aug. 21 gas attack in Syria.

Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press

Bild am Sonntag cites high-level German surveillance source suggesting Syrian president was not personally behind attacks

Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond in Berlin  |  The Guardian, Monday 9 September 2013

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A anti-Syria strike demonstration in LA. German paper Bild am Sonntag has cited information saying the Syrian president did not personally order chemical attacks, but this does not exonerate his regime. Photograph: David Mcnew/Getty

President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month’s chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported , citing unidentified, high-level national security sources.

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