Syria Crossed “Red Line” on Chemical Weapons

By Brian Shields

Thu Jun 13th, 2013 2:31pm America/Los_Angeles

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WASHINGTON — – US officials say the Obama administration has concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has used chemical weapons against the opposition seeking to overthrow him, crossing what President Barack Obama called a ‘red line’.

However, the officials said the administration has not determined how it will respond.

CNN is reporting Congress has been notified that the United States will acknowledge that Syria has used chemical weapons on a small scale multiple times and a “red line” has been crossed, according to congressional sources.

The intelligence community has concluded that sarin gas was used and 100-150 people have died, a senior intelligence official said Thursday.

The Syrian government and rebels have accused each other of using chemical weapons on the battlefield, prompting the United Nations to call for the deployment of an international team of investigators. Both sides have denied using chemical weapons.

The Syrian government has been battling a rebellion for more than two years.

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