The United States confirmed on June 14 that it believed Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons against rebel fighters.
Washington said it would now start providing direct military assistance to opposition forces in Syria.
US Deputy Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said: “The intelligence community estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from detected chemical weapon attacks in Syria to date.”
“The use of chemical weapons violates international norms and crosses red lines that have existed in the international community for decades,” Rhodes continued.
The US did not specify the nature of the military assistance it would supply to the Syrian opposition.