Syria has used chemical weapons against opposition forces, officials from the United States and Europe have concluded, according to a report in the New York Times.
The report cited an internal government memorandum saying that officials believe Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons "on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year".
US President Barack Obama has tip-toed over the 'red-line' and armed Syrian rebels but it is a gamble of huge proportions.
Writing for ITV News, international affairs analyst David Butter looks at the timing of US support for Syria and when it may arrive.
Are the US supplied assault rifles too little, too late and what incentive is there for Assad to enter peace talks?