Syrian forces began combining chemicals that would be used to make deadly sarin gas for use in weapons to attack rebel and civilian populations, a U.S. official tells CNN.
The United States obtained intelligence over the weekend indicating this development, according to the official who had direct knowledge of the latest information.
The intelligence, the official said, came from multiple sources but declined to provide any more details about how the United states learned of it.
Sarin gas, the source said, could most readily be used to fill artillery shells.
“There are concerns the regime may be considering use of chemical weapons” the senior U.S. official told CNN on Sunday.
The official who spoke to CNN on Monday declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.
The blog Danger Room first reported the news on Monday, noting the activity is taking place in “central Syria.”
“We don’t know if there is actual intent,” the U.S. official said about the latest observed activities. “This is worrisome. This is a step beyond moving them around.“
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