“High Probability” Syria Used Chemical Weapons

President Bashar al-Assad accused rebels of a deadly chemical weapons missile attack on Tuesday. Rebels rebuffed the claims and blamed the regime. At least 25 people died and more than 110 others were injured in the town of Khan al-Asal, Syrian state media said.

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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:

CNN: Sen. Feinstein on #Syria and chemical weapons: The White House needs to “make some statement as to what action the U.S. will take.”— BuzzFeed News

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