White House: Syria crosses 'red line' with use of chemical weapons on its people

White House: Syria crosses 'red line' with use of chemical weapons on its people
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Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 4:51pm

The White House acknowledged Thursday the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale a number of times, according to a statement. 

The administration also indicated it will increase the "scope and scale of assistance" to rebels in Syria following its acknowledgment that the Bashar al-Assad government has used chemical weapons in the civil war, according to the statement. 

The intelligence community has concluded that sarin gas was used in the Syrian civil war, and that between 100 and 150 people died as a result, a senior intelligence official said.

Earlier this year, the United States said its intelligence analysts had concluded "with varying degrees of confidence" that chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian civil war. But President Barack Obama said "intelligence assessments alone are not sufficient."

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