Obama: U.S. “Will Investigate Thoroughly” Reports Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

“We intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened,” Obama says.”

Obama and Netanyahu shake hands while they hold a joint news conference in Jerusalem. Larry Downing / Reuters

President Barack Obama reiterated that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a “game changer” and “red line” for the administration on Wednesday, and said that reports that chemical weapons had already been used against the Syrian people were being investigated.

“We have been clear that the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people would be a serious and grave mistake,” Obama said during a press conference in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened,” Obama said of reports that chemical weapons were recently deployed in Syria. Obama said that the Syrian regime has the capability to make chemical weapons, and “I am deeply skeptical of any claim that it was in fact the opposition that used chemical weapons.”

” I have made clear that the use of chemical weapons is a game-changer,” Obama said.

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