Syrian forces began combining chemicals that would be used to make deadly sarin gas for use in weapons to attack rebel and civilian populations, a U.S. official tells CNN.
The news was first reported on Wired's Danger Room blog and confirmed to CNN by the U.S. official.
The U.S. obtained intelligence over the past weekend indicating this concerning development, according to the official who had direct knowledge of the latest information. The intelligence, the official said, came from multiple sources but declined to provide any more specifics about how the U.S. learned the information.
The sarin gas, the source said, could most readily be used to fill artillery shells.
CNN reported on Sunday that U.S. intelligence is concerned about the Syrian government's intent regarding its vast chemical weapons stockpiles after what one senior U.S. official described as "worrying signs" of activity in "the last few days."Β The revelation that the Assad regime is mixing chemicals underscores why the rising concern.
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