Obama’s warning that the deployment of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would be a “game changer” came during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, both the Syrian government and rebel fighters accused each other of launching a rocket chemical warhead in Aleppo which reportedly killed 25 and injured 86.
“With respect to chemical weapons, we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened,” Obama said.
“So I’ve instructed my teams to work closely with all other countries in the region and international organizations and institutions to find out precisely whether this red line was crossed.”
Obama expressed deep skepticism regarding Syrian state media reports that “terrorists” had in fact fired the rocket, saying that the Syrian government both had the capability and had previously expressed a willingness to deploy chemical weapons “to protect themselves.”