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The military has evacuated most of its headquarters in Damascus in advance of a possible Western strike. The government asked the UN to keep its investigative team longer in country to look into the chemical attack on Aug. 21, which Syria said was executed by rebel forces with an agent "close to the nerve gas sarin," and to investigate other sites of alleged rebel attacks in the Damascus suburbs as well. UN Secretary Ban did not respond directly, but said, "It is essential to establish the facts," and asked for more time for the team to finish its work; only two days of investigation have been completed so far. A draft resolution at the UN authorizing the use of force against Syria stalled; the US blamed Russia. At least 6,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon through the main crossing in the past 24 hours, six times the usual number.
The Arab League issued a statement blaming the Assad regime for the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Damascus and calling for international trials for the perpetrators. In the face of mounting Western condemnation of the regime for the attack, Foreign Minister Mouallem demanded proof of the allegation, and said Syria would strike back if attacked. A coalition of Islamist groups led by the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is advancing on Alawite villages in Latakia. Rebel fighters reportedly killed the commander of the Aleppo city NDF along with over 50 soldiers in clashes in Aleppo province. The ISIL said it and allied rebel groups would take revenge for the Aug. 21 attack in Damascus.