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USA starts war with Syria in case of use of chemical weapon2012-08-21 12:56
The U.S. President Barack Obama stated the possible use of chemical weapons by Syrian authorities would become "red line", after which Washington would directly interfere in the Syrian crisis.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"A red line for us is [if] we see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around, or being utilised. That would change my calculus", the BBC quoted American president. "There would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons", he added.
As noted by Barack Obama, President Assad has not yet realized that he had lost legitimacy and must leave. According to him, international community has sent a clear signal that instead of pulling his country into the civil war, he should move in the direction of political transformation, the IA Regnum reported. But now the prospect of soft developments seems highly unlikely, he added.
The President noted that the U.S. and its international partners would continue providing humanitarian and other assistance to the Syrian opposition. This particularly applies to the aid to refugees who are trying to flee from the conflict. According to him, the support of the opposition also includes consultation with its members about a transition period.
Syria holds the world's fourth-largest stockpile of chemical weapons. Last month a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman said the weapons would never be deployed inside Syria.
However, the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington says the US has seen unconfirmed reports recently that the Syrian authorities have been moving the country's chemical arms stockpile.
The UN says more than 18,000 people have been killed in the conflict, 170,000 have fled Syria and 2.5 million need aid within the country.