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U.S. studying reports of chemical use

WASHINGTON – The U.S. and its allies are still trying to figure out details of Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday, as international officials pressed for broader access to suspected attack sites.

Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Hagel refused to discuss any military options, including whether the U.S. would be willing to take unilateral action against the Syrian regime or if the administration would act only in concert with allies.

The Obama administration said last week that U.S. intelligence had concluded that Syrian government forces likely used chemical agents against rebels in two attacks.

“I think we should wait to get the facts before we make any judgments on what action, if any should be taken, and what kind of action,” Hagel said.

Associated Press



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