PM: Syria's 'brutal dictator' is using chemical weapons

David Cameron has said there is credible evidence of "multiple attacks" using chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

The Prime Minister said the UK believes the "scale of use is sanctioned and ordered by the Assad regime" but also indicated that al-Qaeda-linked elements in the opposition movement had also attempted to acquire chemical weapons for probable use in Syria.

He restated the Government's position that no decision had been taken to arm moderate rebels opposed to Assad, but added that he was a "brutal dictator who is using chemical weapons under our nose".

Tom Bradby last week: PM told Assad regime used chemical weapons on at least six occasions

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PM: Drive Syria extremists out

David Cameron said he wants to see al Qaeda-linked extremists "driven out" of Syria. His comments came as Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi told a gathering in Cairo that his country has cut all diplomatic ties with Syria.