Syria Likely Used Chemical Weapons

    ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 25:  U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after reading a statement on chemical weapon use in Syria during a press conference  on April 25, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The U.S. Defense Secretary is on a six-day regional tour of the Middle East, his first since taking over as Pentagon chief two months ago. The visit is expected to be dominated by concerns over Iran's nuclear program and Syria's civil war.  (Photo by Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images)

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    Just two days after Israel decried Syria for its use of chemical weapons, the White House switched its view on the topic, sending letters to Congress to say it now believes as well that Syria has used them. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said U.S. officials believe with “some degree of varying confidence” that the warring nation employed the deadly weapons. Intelligence officials had allegedly been “assessing information” about Syria’s use of chemical weapons for a long time, but that the decision to speak out about Syria was made “in the last 24 hours.”

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