The president authorizing aid to syrian rebels after saying there's conclusive evidence that syria's government has used chemical weapons on its own people. Abc's martha raddatz, tracking this all in... See More
The president authorizing aid to syrian rebels after saying there's conclusive evidence that syria's government has used chemical weapons on its own people. Abc's martha raddatz, tracking this all in washington. Martha, why did the administration make this announcement now? Reporter: As you know, robin, the administration has been looking into this for months. They wanted positive proof thaao chemical weapons were used by the assad regime. And they now have it. The white house says they now know it was sarin gas, that deadly nerve agent, that essentially suffocates people in a matter of minutes. The white house says it was used in small amounts on at least four different occasions. And at least 100 to 150 people were killed by it. So, what is the response that we're seeing from the white house now, martha? Reporter: Well, the white house officials are being very careful in their language. Calling it military support. But we've learned this morning that means the u.S.Ill now help provide the rebels with weapons. Specifically small arms and ammunition. The rebels wanted more than that. They wanted anti-tank weapons and weapons that could bring down warplanes. But officials say that so far, that is not part of the package. But this is a very big step,
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