“Syria used chemical weapons against its own people,” Hagel said during an interview here this afternoon with Jon Sopel of “BBC World News.”

“Now, we’ll have more information and more intelligence here very shortly to present,” the secretary said.

U.S. allies, most U.S. partners and most of the international community have little doubt that the most basic international humanitarian standard was violated by the Syrian regime in using chemical weapons against its own people, Hagel said.

“The deeper we get into this, it seems to me it’s clearer and clearer that the government of Syria was responsible,” he added. “But we’ll wait and determine what the intelligence and the facts bear out.”


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