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Tensions rising between US and Syria
Tensions are rising between the US and Syria tonight. The White House says it is no longer a question of if chemical weapons were used in Syria, but what is the appropriate response. Growing intelligence is pointing to the Assad government as the culprit in last week's alleged chemical weapons assault on a Damascus suburb.
That attack left hundreds dead--including women and children.
Defense secretary Chuck Hagel says the military is ready to go if ordered by the president to launch strikes. The white house says while there will be a response; the President is still reviewing his options.
An emergency NATO session has been called in Brussels tomorrow. Any military action would take place after that. And no strike is likely while UN Inspectors are still on the ground in Damascus, either. Today, vice president Biden said there is no doubt Syria is behind the attack.
"For we know that the Syrian regime are the only ones who have the weapons, have used chemical weapons multiple times in the past, have the means of delivering those weapons."
Rebels accuse the regime of killing more than 1,300 people in the August 21 attack. More than 100,000 people have died in the Syrian Civil War, which has raged for more than two years. But Russia is warning the US that any military strike would result in "catastrophic consequences" for the region.