Late Monday night, the White House released a statement warning of “potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.”

This marked  the first time since the conflict began in 2011 that Syrian civil society, and the larger international community, received such a preemptive warning. The announcement was made around 4:00 AM local time in Syria, which is around the same time that the Syrian forces launched their chemical attacks in the past.

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