Obama issues direct warning to Syrian President al-Assad over chemical weapons

President Barack Obama issued a direct warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday over that country’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, warning their use “would be totally unacceptable,” and vowing there would be consequences if such weapons were used. (Source: CNN)

Syria moves chemical weapons, White House warns of crossing ‘red line’

The Syrian government began to move its chemical weapons in recent days, senior U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News, prompting new warnings from President Obama and other top administration officials that using those weapons against the population would cross a “red line.”

One senior U.S. official told Fox News “there are concerns about possible preparations for use” of the weapons, though “we don’t know yet if they plan to use them.”

The official added, “There are troubling signs of late.”

Obama on Monday afternoon issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad and his officials.

“I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching,” the president said in a speech at the National Defense University, in Washington. “The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”

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