Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who’s on a tour of the Mideast, told reporters on Thursday: “Our intelligence community does assess, with varying degrees of confidence, that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically, the chemical agent sarin.”
The disclosure also was made in a letter to Congress, The Guardian reported.
Sarin, one of the most dangerous chemical warfare agents, is 500 times more toxic than cyanide, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. It was used by Saddam against the Kurds in the 1980s and by a Japanese cult in the Tokyo subway in ’90s.
“I have made clear that the use of chemical weapons is a game changer,” President Obama said last month on a visit to Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side.
The question is, what happens next?