Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rep. Rogers: ‘High Probability’ Chemical Weapons Used in Syria

Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Tuesday that there was a “high probability” that chemical weapons were used by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

“I have a high probability to believe that chemical weapons were used,” the Michigan Republican told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We need that field verification.

 “Given everything we’ve known over the last year-and-a-half, I, as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, have come to the conclusion that they are either positioned for use and ready to do that, or, in fact, have been used,” Rogers said.

“We need to make sure,” Rogers added. “We need to make sure that this was chemical-weapons usage.”

He said that the United States had “limited efforts, very small, special capabilities” that could be used to “render their chemical weapons delivery systems not for use.

“If it takes a limited military strike to do that, I think we are morally obligated to do that if, in fact, they have crossed the president’s ‘red line’ of chemical weapons use,” Rogers said, referring to President Barack Obama’s previous warnings to Assad on using chemical weapons......

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