Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Syria has consolidated its chemical weapons into one of two locations in the face of ongoing rebel gains.
January 17, 2013
Carney says Washington has found no evidence to back up allegations that Syria used chemical weapons in a December attack on the city of Homs. Senior U.S. officials say the Syrians misused a riot-control gas in the attack, which Syrian doctors and activists said killed six people and left dozens suffering from respiratory, nerve and gastrointestinal ailments.
March 19, 2013
The Syrian government and rebel fighters accuse each other of using chemical weapons in a missile attack near Aleppo that state-run media said killed 25 people and wounded dozens more. Louay Almokdad, a spokeman for the rebel Free Syrian Army, says the attack was carried out on rebel-controlled territory and with a missile possessed only by government forces; Russia, a longtime Syrian ally, warns that weapons of mass destruction are falling into the hands of "terrorists."
March 20, 2013
-- Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, tells a congressional committee that there is "no evidence to substantiate" reports of a chemical attack, "but I want to underline that we're looking very carefully at these reports."
-- During a trip to Israel, Obama says his administration is trying "to find out precisely whether or not this red line was crossed." But he added, "I am deeply skeptical of any claim that, in fact, it was the opposition that used chemical weapons."