Syria

Israel: Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons "Nearly 100 Percent Certain"

NATO says it's ruled out intervention

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Senior Israeli military officials on Tuesday stated that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons against the country's civilians, saying their evidence — including photographs of victims foaming at the mouth — made them "nearly 100 percent" certain.

It was the most direct and public assertion by Israel to date that Syria has resorted to chemical weapons, which would be a troubling escalation of a brutal civil war that has stretched on for more than two years. Coming less than a week after France and Britain made similar allegations about Syria to the United Nations, the remarks could add to the mounting international pressure on the United States — which has repeatedly said it will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons – to intervene in the Syrian conflict."