Arab League blames Syria's Assad for chemical attack

CAIRO Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:15am EDT

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CAIRO (Reuters) - The Arab League said on Tuesday it holds Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for a chemical attack near Damascus, as speculation mounted that the United States was preparing a military strike.

Diplomatic sources said the statement, issued after a meeting of Arab League delegates in Cairo, was pushed through with strong backing from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

(Reporting by Ayman Samir, Writing by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Kevin Liffey)