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Why U.S. Spies Are Falling Short in Syria

If there were any doubt about how confusing the civil war is in Syria, it should be put to rest by the bafflement over an alleged gas attack near Aleppo. It supposedly occurred on March 19, but that's all we know. No one can tell us whether the regime or the rebels were behind it, or even if a real chemical weapon was involved.

It's unlikely that any weaponized nerve agent was deployed. Syria's military is known to possess both VX and Sarin, but if either had been used, there would have been...

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