26 Aug '13, 8pm

White House turns up pressure on Assad regime: The Obama administration on Monday turned up the rhetoric... #navy

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday turned up the rhetorical heat on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, signaling a new Middle East conflict could be imminent. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a blistering statement, said the administration has examined allegations that Assad’s forces used chemical weapons and concluded those charges “are real.” “What is before us today ... is compelling,” Kerry told reporters at the State Department. “It is grounded in facts.” Kerry several times said “we know” Assad’s military possesses chemical weapons and the platforms needed to deliver them. Kerry — and White House press secretary Jay Carney in a separate briefing — said Assad’s forces have been shelling the site of the chemical attack since it occurred on Aug. 21. “That is not the action of a regime has nothing to hide,” Kerry said. Carney noted that “even Iran and Russia...

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