An exclusive report Wednesday in Foreign Policy magazine claims that a State Department cable has concluded that the Syrian Army directed by President Bashar Al Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in a deadly attack in early December.
United States diplomats in Turkey conducted a previously undisclosed, intensive investigation into claims that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons, and made what an Obama administration official who reviewed the cable called a “compelling case” that Assad’s military forces had used a deadly form of poison gas.
The Assad regime has been fighting off an uprising and civil war for nearly two years while spilling much of their own people’s blood. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been emphatic about a red line for U.S. intervention and “consequences” for Assad in Syria if it was discovered that the regime used any chemical or biological weapons. Reuters reported Wednesday that the United States still has no reason to believe Syria has used chemical weapons during the civil war thus far, despite this most recent cable from Turkey reported by Foreign Policy.
Stephan Yates of DC International Advisory joined ‘Real News‘ Wednesday to discuss the Foreign Policy report and the ongoing conflict in Syria.