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Red -- this is a Fox News alert American officials have concluded that Syria's leader Bashar Al Assad has used chemical weapons against the opposition.
The United Nations meantime says the number of dead in serious two year civil war.
Now stands at at least 93 -- the question now what about President Obama -- red line.
And what comes next.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is live with -- breaking details good evening it.
Good -- -- a dramatic development but the key is that it's not as dramatic as the president's critics want in terms of actual.
US military action critics now by the way that range from John McCain the Republican to Bill Clinton the former democratic president number one.
What I'll say Ben -- just revealed a few moments ago.
That the US intelligence community now believes with a high degree of confidence that the Syrian regime did in fact use chemical weapons the nerve agent sit -- and that killed about a 150 people he went on to say that -- reference back to last August when President Obama you remember said that this.
Use of chemical weapons would cross a red line then -- noting this would change the calculus for the president.
This now has in fact change that calculus number two though Rhodes said that the US is increasing aid to the Syrian rebels.
And will provide what he called military support but he stopped short of of directly saying that the US will provide.
Actual arms to the rebels instead Rhodes said.
That the White House will make decisions on what he called further action quote on our own timetable.
He indicated -- decision has been made in some form or fashion about US action the president has made some decisions but they're not revealing all of it tonight.
No Republican Saxby Chambliss is suggesting this is not good enough for him tonight he said.
He could support a no fly zone but he complained that the US is known for almost a year now they chemical weapons were likely to have been used -- he said quote we've done nothing.
Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham weighing in as well tonight they say they're glad the administration now says the chemical weapons were used.
But they added that they needed -- decision on actual lethal assistance to the Syrian rebels that -- ammunition and heavy weapons soon because the situation is deteriorating number.
McCain and Graham added that this is long -- -- in their estimation.
And their urging the president to finally take the step.
Of arming the Syrian rebels the all of this dramatic situation happening after President Obama got.
Pressure from an unlikely source actually intervene more directly in Syria that source being.
Democrat Bill Clinton.
Just hours after word leaked about a closed door event were former President Bill Clinton ripped president Obama's approach to the crisis in Syria.
White House aides actually tried to claim mister Obama is fine with the comments.
He welcomes the again the -- input.
An individual out there who has perspective.
On a situation like this absolutely.
Clinton attended a forum Tuesday night in New York with the Republican John McCain a fierce critic of mr.
Obama for what he says is two and a half years of drift on Syria.
As the slaughter has escalated.
Two sources familiar with the event confirmed a political report.
They Clinton declared any president runs the danger of looking like a total fool if they pay too much attention to polls and public officials need to quote -- down the road and to win.
Republicans charge this was an opening shot in Hillary Clinton's 2016.
To show some daylight between the Obama policy in the former secretary of state.
I don't think this was entirely.
Accidental on former president Clinton's part.
And the application that he's given is that President Obama is weak indecisive -- poll driven.
That charge against mr.
Obama comes after a fox poll in May found 68% of Americans believe the administration should stay out of Syria because it's -- civil war in the US could end up arming anti American extremists who walked 43% said the US should get more involved because it's a humanitarian crisis the president's aides insist polls are no factor in the decision maker.
What does factor in.
What the national security interest the United States and what has the best chance of working.
Doubt what can the US to do to help the Syrian -- short of actually arming them White House officials tonight talking about providing communications.
Providing medical equipment other assets that might help them be a more cohesive force but -- for direct US military action.
Ben Rhodes a White House advisor tonight saying this is something the president will discuss with allies next week of the G-8 summit.
In NORTHERN IRELAND.
Our breaking news had had a lot of the north lawn Ed thank you.
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