U.S. Weighing Syria Options

Aug 23, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, second from left, talks with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East policy Matthew Spence, center, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2013. Hagel spoke with Spence after announcing to reporters that the White House had released a statement saying it had evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels.
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The Pentagon is updating target lists as the White House considers a military response in Syria, after an attack in which U.S. officials say they saw “strong indications” of chemical weapons use.

U.S. officials are saying that there are “strong indications” that chemical weapons were used in this week’s attack in Syria which left more than 1,000 people dead.

While experts are still sifting through the evidence, President Barack Obama, speaking on CNN today, said, “what we’ve seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern.”

The president has been criticized for not acting after earlier reports that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad Obama had used nerve agents as it battled to retain power in the face of wide spread opposition and violence.

Those reports came after President Obama had warned Syria that the use of chemical weapons would mean crossing a “red line.”