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Syria Update: U.S. Calls for Investigation Into Possible Chemical Warfare


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A Syrian rebel fires as a regime fighter jet flies overhead in Syria's eastern town of Deir Ezzor, on August 17, 2013
Abo Shuja/Getty Images
A Syrian rebel fires as a regime fighter jet flies overhead in Syria's eastern town of Deir Ezzor, on August 17, 2013

The U.S. and Russia are asking the Syrian government to allow the United Nations to investigate evidence of an alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel stronghold near Damascus. Syrian officials have denied use of chemical weapons, but the international community is calling for action if proof is found. President Obama said the gassing was "of grave concern," but also stressed he did not expect to involve the U.S. military. We discuss the latest from Syria, and what evidence of a chemical attack might mean for U.S. involvement.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Ben Hubbard, Middle East correspondent for the New York Times
  • Jeffrey White, defense fellow at the Washington Institute of Near East Policy

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