As U.S. Moves to Arm Syrian Rebels, Questions Raised About Reports of Chemical Weapons Attack | Democracy Now!

The Obama administration is reportedly close to begin arming Syrian rebels with «lethal weaponry» in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad. The Washington Post reports President Obama will make a final decision in the coming weeks on what one official described as «assistance that has a direct military purpose.» Syrian rebels have already asked Western backers for anti-tank weapons and surface-to-air missiles. This comes as Israel and U.S. sources have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons. On Tuesday, President Obama said chemical-weapon use in Syria would be a «game changer.» We speak to Tracey Shelton, a GlobalPost senior correspondent covering Syria. Her most recent article is «Syria: The Horrific Chemical Weapons Attack that Probably Wasn’t a Chemical Weapons Attack.» Last month, Shelton won a George Polk Award for «communicating the human tragedy of the conflict in Syria in a way that is impossible to ignore or forget.»

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