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dateline: 27 August 2013

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US Says Chemical Weapons Used In Syria

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • suburb: a housing region outside of a main city
  • opposition: a group that is on the opposite side of a government or party in power
  • cover up: hide the truth
  • confirm: prove

US Says Chemical Weapons Used In Syria

Hundreds of people reportedly died in a chemical attack on a Damascus suburb last Wednesday, and many more were badly injured. Following a UN investigation, John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, said there is that the Syrian government is behind the gas attack. The US has also accused the Syrian regime of covering up the attack. investigators had been trying to the area where the attack took place, but had . The Syrian government finally allowed UN investigators into the area on Sunday after it had been largely destroyed. US Navy ships are reportedly moving into place for a possible military .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is John Kerry?
  2. What happened when UN investigators tried to visit the site of the alleged chemical attack?
  3. Why does the report mention the US Navy?

Discussion Question: The civil war in Syria has been going on for over two years. Do you think countries such as the US and Britain should step in with military force, or not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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