Defense Secretary Hagel Says Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in the two year civil war ravaging Syria, the White House and Pentagon chief announced today.

But officials at the White House said they want more time to examine the evidence and confirm beyond doubt the Assad regime crossed the all-important “red line” by using chemical weapons.

The accusation could have serious implications for U.S. policies toward Syria and lawmakers from both parties argued Thursday that addition action must be taken against Syria.

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