President Obama has met with security advisers to discuss the Syrian government's apparent use of chemical weapons.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
The nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack on a Syrian town that killed dozens, the international chemical weapons watchdog OPCW has confirmed. But it did not say who was to blame.
Is the regime of President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the chemical weapons attack in northern Syria? Experts suggest it could have been jihadi rebels. It wouldn't be the first time.
US destroyers in the Mediterranean have launched dozens of cruise missile strikes on an airbase in Syria following a deadly chemical weapons attack.
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