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US has ‘some confidence’ Syria used chemical weapons

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said American intelligence believes “to some degree of varying confidence” that Syria has used chemical weapons.

During a visit to the United Arab Emirates, he said it was suspected that sarin gas had been used against rebels.

Mr Hagel said the use was “small scale” and did not specify where or when.

The White House has warned chemical weapons use would be a “red line” for possible intervention, but said the intelligence does not represent proof.


 

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