A tank belonging to forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is set on fire during what activists said were clashes between government forces and the Free Syrian Army, in the main south highway near Damascus, March 19, 2013.
(CNN) — There is a “high probability” that Syria deployed chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war, but final verification is needed, the chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday.
“I have a high probability to believe that chemical weapons were used,” Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) told CNN. “We need that final verification, but given everything we know over the last year and a half, I would come to the conclusion that they are either positioned for use, and ready to do that, or in fact have been used.”
Rogers and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, struck ominous tones in an interview on CNN’s Situation Room about the possibility that Syria had crossed what President Barack Obama has said was a ‘red line’ that could lead to the United States getting involved militarily in the conflict.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) calls on the White House to make a statement: