Alleged Chemical Attack In Syria, Aug. 21, 2013

August 31, 2013 by  

Alleged Chemical Attack In Syria, Aug. 21, 2013, The Obama administration plans to release declassified intelligence Friday to show the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical weapons attack believed to have left hundreds dead.

But allegations of chemical weapons used by the Syrian government began as early as December 2012.

Included is a brief timeline on the U.S. stance toward the Syrian government and claims surrounding its alleged chemical weapons use.

August 20, 2012: President Obama said during a press conference Syrian President Bashar al-Assad lost legitimacy with his people. Obama did not make any indication of U.S. military involvement in the Syrian conflict but established America’s stance on the threat or use of chemical weapons in the Middle East. “A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” Obama said. “That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”

December 3, 2012: U.S. officials reported Syria showed signs of creating materials for chemical weapons prompting Obama to issue a second warning to Assad. “The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable,” Obama said. “And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed a similar warning. Around this time, all non-essential UN employees were pulled out of Syria.

December 8, 2012: U.S. satellite images showed Syrian chemical weapon factories began to combine the components necessary to create Sarin nerve gas. British Foreign Secretary William Hague confirms he has seen the same evidence.

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