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    Chemical Weapons Report Might Move U.S. Syria Policy

    As the bloody, dusty visage of Aleppo’s 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh captivates the media, President Obama faces a two-front war. While gaining ground against ISIS, he’s barely avoiding conflict with Bashar Assad’s government. A U.N. report expected next week may say the regime, as observers contend, “continues to use chlorine gas with impunity.” Assad officially relinquished chemical weapons in 2013, but  reported attacks persist. With fresh horrors exposed, Obama may seek U.N. Security Council sanctions — predictably vetoed by Russia, which began launching cruise missiles into the fray from warships on Friday.

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