US almost Con­fi­dent of Syr­ian Regime’s Use of Chem­i­cal Weapons

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Accord­ing to the US defense sec­re­tary, Chuck Hagel, it is believed that chem­i­cal weapons have been used recently in Syria’s war. Hagel revealed on Thurs­day that the Syr­ian régime’s forces have used the sarin gas against rebels.

With­out spec­i­fy­ing the area or date when the sarin gas was used in Syria, Hagel said: “The use was on small scale.”

 

“Our intel­li­gence com­mu­nity does assess, with vary­ing degrees of con­fi­dence, that the Syr­ian régime has used chem­i­cal weapons on a small scale in Syria, specif­i­cally, the chem­i­cal agent sarin,” he stated in a press con­fer­ence dur­ing an offi­cial visit to Abu Dhabi.

The use of chem­i­cal weapons has been named by the White House as a ‘red line’ that can­not be crossed. The Obama admin­is­tra­tion did not rec­og­nize the state­ments made by the Amer­i­can intel­li­gence regard­ing the use of sarin gas as a proof, which does not neces­si­tates an Amer­i­can inter­ven­tion yet.

John Kerry, US Sec­re­tary of State, revealed on Capi­tol Hill that ‘two instances’ of chem­i­cal weapons use in Syria have been detected.

The British For­eign Office issued a state­ment on Wednes­day report­edly say­ing: “Mate­r­ial from inside Syria tested pos­i­tive for sarin.”

In Decem­ber 2012, the Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent Barack Obama warned the Syria régime from using any kind of chem­i­cal weapons against the Syr­ian peo­ple, adding that the Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-​Assad will face seri­ous con­se­quences in a case of using such weapons.

Accord­ing to reports, Syria obtains a large arse­nal of chem­i­cal weapons, which rep­re­sents a source of worry for the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity, espe­cially given the fact that the use of such weapons will affect the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries as well.

On the other hand, the Syr­ian Obser­va­tory for Human Rights recorded March as the blood­i­est month of the upris­ing, in which more than 6.000 peo­ple were killed accord­ing to the obser­va­tory, includ­ing 500 women and children.

Source: ARA News

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