Chemical Weapons and US Escalation in the Volatile Middle East
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Chemical Weapons and US Escalation in the Volatile Middle East

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Last night, the White House announced that the US would provide direct military aid to some of the Syrian rebels, because the al-Assad government crossed that "Red Line" by using chemical weapons. Also, developments in Turkey, including Prime Minister Erdogan's meeting with protesters today.

Banner image: A Free Syrian Army fighter wearing a gas mask, carries his weapons as he walks past a damaged tank, after seizing a government military camp used by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near Idlib, June 13, 2013. Photo: Abdalghne Karoof/Reuters

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Last night, the Obama White House announced that the US would provide direct military aid to some of the Syrian rebels, because the al-Assad government crossed that "Red Line" by using chemical weapons. There won't be boots on the ground. So far, it's small arms and ammunition. Is a wider war possible? Is it too late for diplomacy? We hear about the available options and possible outcomes, including spillover into the rest of the Middle East.

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