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United States tone turns harder on Syrian acts

Military response to toxic arms use appears possible

WASHINGTON — Moving a step closer to possible US military action in Syria, a senior Obama administration official said Sunday that there was “very little doubt” that President Bashar Assad’s military forces had used chemical weapons against civilians last week and that a Syrian promise to allow UN inspectors access to the site was “too late to be credible.”

The official said that “based on the reported number of victims, reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, witness accounts and other facts gathered by open sources, the US intelligence community, and international partners, there is very little doubt at this point that a chemical weapon was used by the Syrian regime against civilians in this incident.”

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