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Syrian government asks UN to launch investigation into use of chemical weapons by terrorist groups

Syria asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday to launch an independent investigation into an chemical weapons attack by "terrorist groups" near the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said.

"The Syrian government has requested the Secretary-General of the United Nations to form a specialized, independent and a neutral, technical mission to investigate the use by the terrorist groups operating in Syria of chemical weapons yesterday against civilians," Ja'afari told reporters.