U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his press conference after the "Friends of Syria Meeting" at the Foreign Office in London, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that he had seen "raw data" suggesting Syrian government forces had used chlorine gas in the country's civil war, but added it had not been verified.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said Syria may have used chemical weapons involving chlorine in 14 attacks in recent months. Kerry, who earlier met foreign ministers from European Union and Gulf Arab countries from the Friends of Syria group opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad, said the data had not been verified.Syria has promised to hand over or destroy its entire chemical weapons arsenal, although it still possesses roughly 7.5 percent of declared chemicals and has yet to destroy 12 production and storage facilities.Britain will also provide an extra 30 million pounds ($50 million) in "practical support" for the opposition, Hague said.Kerry declined to say whether ramping up support for the opposition meant providing vetted rebel groups with portable surface-to-air missiles to stop government air attacks.
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