US says Syrian regime has used chemical weapons

US says Syrian regime has used chemical weapons

The United States says it has definite proff the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebels in the country, urging a major policy shift by President Barack Obama. 

The White House says up to 150 people have been killed in these chemical weapon attacks, and has announced today the US will now supply arms to the Syrian Opposition.

President Obama has long said the use of chemical weapons would be crossing a red line, that would be a game changer for more US involvement.

He is yet to detail what type of weapons will be provided to the rebels.

The President’s deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes says there is no evidence at this stage to suggest tje rebels have used similar weapons.

The White House is also still debating whether to implement a no-fly zone over Syria.

It comes as the United Nations has today released the latest statistic on the Syria death toll, revealing 93,000 people have been killed since the civil war began, inclusing 6,500 children.

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