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December 3rd, 2012
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President issues stern warning to Assad over reported chemical weapon preparations in Syria

OutFront tonight: signs of chemical warfare in Syria.

New evidence is emerging that President Bashar al-Assad's regime has started mixing chemicals to make the deadly sarin gas, which could indicate that the military is gearing up to use its massive stockpile of chemical weapons.

This means that Assad is on the edge of President Obama's so-called "red line" against Syria, as the administration has repeatedly named the use of chemical weapons as an event that would prompt U.S. intervention in the country's civil war. Speaking just hours ago, the President warned Assad that the "world is watching" and he "will be held accountable" if the weapons are deployed.

CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr is OutFront with more details.

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  1. John

    I'd love to know who saw them "mixing" the chemicals, lololol, what a pile of horse manure

    December 5, 2012 at 4:08 am | Reply
  2. Betsy in Illinois

    Has Assad sent the President his year-old issue of Vogue magazine which gushingly featured photos of family man Assad and his stylish wife playing games with their children on the floor of their family room? As the President thinks of the Syrian families who no longer have homes and with whose lives Assad is playing games, he might want to rethink the wisdom of appointing Anna Wintour ambassador to anywhere!

    December 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  3. Joey at Purdue Univ

    It's never good seeing the kids get hurt, as if bombing the orphanages wasn't sufficient for the Assad regime.

    It's like you're thankful that media in the modern age allows you to monitor various crises such as this, but at the same time guilty that we can't (or won't) do more for life's casualties. I remember a year ago seeing this nine-month old baby in the Dadaab refugee camp who was not but skin & bones, and had to ask, "What righteous divinity would allow a kid to gestate for nine months only to starve to death for nine months?" Then to add insult to injury, I turned on one of the stock channels to see people literally eating flakes of gold for breakfast.

    I guess the moral there is that there's probably no deus ex machina descending from a parting of the clouds to shelter the kids in those orphanages. I'm not sure how to do it, just hope somebody out there can.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply

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