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White House confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria
White House confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria

The government in Syria has used chemical weapons in that country’s civil war, killing at least 100 to 150 civilians, the White House said Thursday in an announcement that left unclear what the U.S. response would be. Small-scale attacks using sarin, a potent nerve gas, have taken place as recently as late May, long after international attention had been drawn to the issue, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters in a conference call. He cited intelligence on attacks in both Aleppo, in northern Syria, and in a neighborhood of Damascus, the Syrian capital. The attacks have come from forces loyal to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Rhodes said,...

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