Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels, U.S. and European officials conclude

Officials reported that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons on opposition forces

by The Commentator on 13 June 2013 20:51

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The New York Times is reporting that U.S. and European officials have concluded that Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime has indeed used chemical weapons against rebels and opposition forces in the country.

Last week, UN investigators said there were reasonable grounds to believe that limited quantities of toxic chemicals had been used in at least four attacks in Syria's civil war, but that more evidence was needed to determine the precise substances or who used them.

British officials reported that it was "very likely" that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons on opposition forces.

According to an internal memorandum circulating inside the U.S. government today, the “intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year.”

The news comes as a new American military proposal for arming Syrian rebels also called for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced from Jordanian territory.

The Wall Street Journal reports that when asked by the White House to develop options for Syria, military planners have said that creating an area to train and equip rebel forces would require keeping Syrian aircraft well away from the Jordanian border.

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