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US says Syria crossed ‘red line’ with use of chemical weapons

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WASHINGTON, DC — Congress has been notified that the United States will acknowledge that Syria used chemical weapons on a small scale multiple times and that a “red line” has been crossed, congressional sources told CNN on Thursday.

The intelligence community has concluded that sarin gas was used in the Syrian civil war, and that between 100 and 150 people died as a result, a senior intelligence official said.

Earlier this year, the United States said its intelligence analysts had concluded “with varying degrees of confidence” that chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian civil war. But President Barack Obama said “intelligence assessments alone are not sufficient.”

From Barbara Starr – CNN Pentagon Correspondent

CNN’s Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

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