U.S.: Assad regime may have used poison gas on rebels this past week

Syrian government forces may have used poison gas in an attack on a rebel-held town just outside Damascus this week. U.S. officials say that video evidence posted by Syrian opposition groups showing victims, some wearing breathing masks and others with tubes siphoning blood from their lungs, appears to be credible.

The State Department said it is still gathering information about the assault in Moadamiya and “chemical weapons use” that is reported to have killed an estimated four to 10 civilians and injured around 30. It also noted that, over the past two months, the Assad regime has “intensified” its bombing campaign of Moadamiya at the same time that the U.S. and Russia have been negotiating the terms of a future ceasefire.