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In Syria, officials in the Assad government denounced the new American claims on chemical weapons use as a “caravan of lies,” repeating claims that it was factions in the rebel army — not the government — who have deployed the sarin gas.

The Obama administration “relied on fabricated information in order to hold the Syrian government responsible for using these weapons, despite a series of statements that confirmed that terrorist groups in Syria have used chemical weapons,” according to a statement released by the Syrian foreign ministry.

— This article was based in part on wire service reports.