House Intel Chief: I Think Syria Used Chemicals
Assad blames rebels amid much confusion
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2013 7:41 PM CDT
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian victim who suffered an alleged chemical attack at Khan al-Assal village receives treatment.   (AP Photo/SANA)

(Newser) – So did Bashar al-Assad cross the "red line" that could trigger US involvement by using chemical weapons on rebels in Aleppo? Or did the rebels use them? Or neither? Confirmation remains elusive after an attack today that Syria's official news agency says left more than 30 dead and 100 injured. Each side accuses the other of launching a chemical attack, and House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers tells CNN he thinks there's a "high probability" that the Syrian government did so. His counterpart in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein, says she agrees with Rogers.

"I think the probabilities are very high that we're going into some very dark times, and I think the White House needs to be prepared," she said. Spokesman Jay Carney said the White House is investigating all the allegations. The New York Times, meanwhile, quotes two unnamed US officials who are skeptical any chemical attack happened. Reuters reports that Damascus ally Moscow has blamed the rebels, and Al Jazeera talks to a medic who thinks people were hit by organic pesticides, not chemical weapons such as Sarin.

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Mar 20, 2013 5:55 PM CDT
The military industrial complex must REALLY want to make their money back after they've lost it in the budget cuts.
Mar 20, 2013 6:19 AM CDT
Now McCain and Graham want in.. They see this as a way to make a quick buck. Even if they just do a no fly zone, the amount of bombs and missiles required would be close to a trillion dollars in profits for the military industrial complex.
Mar 20, 2013 2:39 AM CDT
Rogers and Feinstein are a pair of degenerate lyres that would use chemical weapons on USA citizens when the citizen wake up to the fact these elected officials are corrupted and not working in the interest of USA but instead Israel and Saudi interest as well are there own personal interest and prejudices . They don't have to wonder who did what, these pieces of garbage infesting this nations government are in on all the terrorism going on world wide. There agency the CIA contracts for it, and we the public pay for it with the credit of the nation our ancestors built for us and defended for us, now laid prostrate and vulnerable by law makers like there traitors Feinstein and Rogers. They both belong in jail.These 2 sicken me. They are the terrorist.