The United States Department of Defense says they suspect Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on a "small scale" against opposition fighters in that country's ongoing civil war.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the claim Thursday while speaking in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, adding that the American intelligence community has determined "with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."
Hagel insisted that the use of chemical weapons by any army would violate international guidelines for armed conflicts, and said confirmation of these reports would be a "game changer" in terms of America's role in the Syrian civil war.
"It violates every convention of warfare," said Hagel, the Associated Press reports.
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