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Statement by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers on Obama Administration’s Confirmation of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

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Washington, DC, June 13, 2013 | Susan Phalen | comments

Statement by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers on Obama Administration's Confirmation of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

“I am pleased that President Obama’s Administration has joined the growing international chorus declaring that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons in Syria, crossing the red line drawn by the President last August.  Assad must not be allowed to continue to commit these atrocities.  As I called for in a USA Today oped earlier this week, the United States should assist the Turks and our Arab League partners to create safe zones in Syria from which the U.S. and our allies can train, arm, and equip vetted opposition forces. These efforts have the potential of turning the tide once and for all against the Assad regime to deliver a peace negotiation. Then the United States would have the credibility it needs for a seat at the table during the transition to a post-Assad Syria.”

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