Chemicals weapon use confirmed against Syrian rebels

Western intelligence sources are reporting that Syria used chemical weapons against rebel troops no more than 19 times, confirming previous reports in which rebels claimed exposure to chemical attacks.

Footage and other material gathered by Western experts showed that Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical agents during the past few months against rebels and civilians. Syrian army forces manually sprayed gas or toxic liquids in rebel-held residential neighborhoods, Ynetnews reports.

The chemical agents being used are not thought to be VX, sarin nerve gas or mustard gas, but they are still toxic and harmful to humans.

U.S. officials doubted the claims last week after videos and independent medical sources gave credence to the reports. The Pentagon previously said that if al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons, it would serve as the crossing of a red line and warrant military action.

An editorial on Monday in Breitbart criticized the U.S. for failing to act militarily after intelligence operatives confirmed the use of chemical weapons. More than 44,000 people have been killed during the Syrian conflict and experts estimate that more than 100,000 could die by the end of 2013 without intervention, Breitbart reports.

Saturday was perhaps the deadliest day in the conflict, with an estimate of close to 400 fatalities from conventional warfare alone.