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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. chemical weapons experts will depart imminently for Syria now that the government has accepted arrangements for the investigation, the United Nations announced Wednesday.

The team is expected to visit three sites where chemical weapons attacks allegedly occurred, including Khan al Assal, a village outside the embattled city of Aleppo, which was captured by the rebels last month. The government and rebels blame each other for the purported March 19 attack in Khan al Assal, which killed at least 30 people. The locations of the other two incidents are being kept secret for safety reasons.

U.N. diplomats and chemical weapons experts have raised doubts about whether the U.N. team will find anything since the alleged incidents took place months ago.

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