As US Moves to Arm Syrian Rebels, Questions Raised About Reports of Chemical Weapons Attack


The Obama administration is reportedly close to begin arming Syrian rebels with “lethal weaponry” in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad. The Washington Post reports President Obama will make a final decision in the coming weeks on what one official described as “assistance that has a direct military purpose.” Syrian rebels have already asked Western backers for anti-tank weapons and surface-to-air missiles. This comes as Israel and U.S. sources have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons. On Tuesday, President Obama said chemical-weapon use in Syria would be a “game-changer.” We speak to Tracey Shelton, a GlobalPost senior correspondent covering Syria. Her most recent article is “Syria: The Horrific Chemical Weapons Attack that Probably Wasn’t a Chemical Weapons Attack.” Last month, Shelton won a George Polk award for “communicating the human tragedy of the conflict in Syria in a way that is impossible to ignore or forget.”

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3 responses to “As US Moves to Arm Syrian Rebels, Questions Raised About Reports of Chemical Weapons Attack

  1. The United States shouldn’t even get involved in this situation. The last thing we need is another war, especially one that is based on unsubstantiated rumors or suspicions. GW Bush did that with the situation in Iraq, and we all know how that turned out.

  2. Pingback: Obama urged to train, provide intelligence to Syria rebels — State of Globe

  3. Pingback: UN: Syrian Rebels, Not Government, Used Sarin | World News Curator

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