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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama again vowed that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would be viewed as a “game changer” for international involvement in that civil war, but said officials still don’t have enough details to take action.
On Tuesday, Obama told reporters that too much uncertainty exists to change course in U.S. policy toward the conflict.
“What we have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside Syria, but we don’t know how they were used, when they were used, who used them,” he said. “We don’t have a chain of custody that establishes exactly what has happened.”
Hezbollah fighters are aiding troops in Syria to combat the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad, the head of the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement confirmed on Tuesday.
"A large number of (rebels) were preparing to capture villages inhabited by Lebanese," so it was "normal to offer every possible and necessary aid to help the Syrian army, popular committees (pro-government militia) and the Lebanese," Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech.
Nasrallah, a close ally of Assad, said the fighting in the central Qusayr region close to the Lebanese border was "not over".
A bombing in the heart of Damascus killed at least 13 people Tuesday, as Russia banned its civilian planes from Syrian airspace after the crew of one reported coming under threat over the war-hit country.
The bomb attack in the Damascus district of Marjeh came a day after Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Haqi survived a car bombing in an upscale neighbourhood of the capital. "The number of casualties in the cowardly terrorist blast targeting the commercial and historic centre of Damascus in the Marjeh district rose to 13 martyrs and more than 70 injured," state television said, citing the interior ministry. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported "14 dead, including nine civilians and five members of the security forces, in a car bomb attack near the old interior ministry headquarters."
Originally posted by Swills
Cowardly terrorist attacks indeed.
Originally posted by lynxpilot
It's Syria's battle. Let them handle it.
Originally posted by threewisemonkeys
There is hope for humanity yet. This is proof that someone somewhere still has at least one functioning brain cell. If not, we'd be bombing another country of brown people based of a pack of lies. Hoorah.
Originally posted by bekod
reply to post by timewarpedbrain7
No I think it this was Assad's forces, but then read my opening line, it could be suicide rebels after all, just to get the US in, and it did not work.
edit on 1-5-2013 by bekod because: line edit