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Assad regime crossed ‘red line’: US Intel committee chairman

Last Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 10:32

Washington: The chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee is pressuring the Obama administration to get more involved in the Syrian conflict, saying that Bashar al-Assad regime has "absolutely" crossed the so-called "red line" by using at least a small amount of chemical weapons.

US Representative for Michigan’s eighth congressional district Mike Rogers said that ‘there is mounting evidence that it is probable that the Assad regime has used at least a small quantity of chemical weapons during the course of this conflict’.

The comments come a week after both the Assad regime and opposition forces traded charges of using chemical weapons.

According to Fox News, Rogers said that the weapons were likely been employed since the start of the conflict in 2011.

Further, he noted that the red line had been defined as both moving and using the weapons.

Rogers said this shouldn`t necessarily lead to a "big boots on the ground conflict," but suggested the US send "small groups with special capabilities" to re-engage and train and equip the opposition.


First Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 10:31
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