(WASHINGTON) — A warning from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggests that the United States may be drawn into the civil war raging in Syria.
Clinton, traveling in Europe on Monday, warned the Syrian government that the U.S. will respond if dictator Bashar al-Assad deploys chemical weapons in his fight against rebel forces.
Recent reports indicate there has been new activity at Syria’s chemical weapons sites.
“We have made our views very clear,” Clinton said. “This is a red line for the United States. I’m not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against his own people, but suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur.
“We once again issue a very strong warning to the Assad regime that their behavior is reprehensible,” Clinton continued, “their actions against their own people have been tragic, but there is no doubt there is a line between even the horrors that they have already inflicted on the Syrian people and moving to what would be an internationally condemned step of utilizing their chemical weapons.”
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