SOURCE ALERT: US to Arm Rebels After Confirming Syria’s Chemical Weapons Use

American analysts assert that President Bashar al-Assad’s troops have used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels.

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Josh Lockman is an expert in U.S. foreign policy, international law and the Middle East. He can comment on what American confirmation of chemical weapons use means for the Syrian conflict.

“The news today will only increase the likelihood that the U.S., along with its allies in Europe and the Middle East, will take concerted muscular action to protect the civlians of Syria from more harm and to avert further gains in the conflict by the Assad regime.”

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Patrick James is an expert on international relations and Middle East conflict. He can comment on how this development could affect the politics of the region and world.

“This has been an especially difficult situation for the administration because its preferred strategy, given considerations at home, is to stay out of the situation if at all possible.”

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Marc Eckstein is an expert in emergency medical care, including in cases of biological and terrorist attacks. He can speak about the symptoms and treatment of chemical weapons exposure.

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