President Obama issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, telling him that he would face a strong response from the international community if he used chemical weapons against rebel forces. Intelligence sources report that members of Assad's armed forces have moved around some of Assad's massive stockpile of chemical weapons in recent days. Using them would be "totally unacceptable," Obama said. "The world is watching," the president added during a Washington symposium on nuclear non-proliferation. "If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable."
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