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White House confirms ‘small scale’ use of chemical weapons in Syria

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:46 EDT
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US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters in Abu Dhabi on April 25, 2013, after reading a statement on chemical weapon use in Syria. (AFP)
 
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The White House said Thursday it had informed lawmakers that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against rebel fighters on a “small scale,” but emphasized that more assessments were needed.

“Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

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