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Putin wrong to blame Syria rebels for chemical attack
President Vladimir Putin and Russia are "isolated and alone" in asserting that Syrian rebels were likely responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack on civilians near Damascus that prompted a US threat of military action, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

 

Arguing against President Barack Obama's proposed US military strike on Syria in an op-ed piece published in the New York Times on Thursday, Putin blamed the rebels for the attack. (Reuters)