Lawmakers: Syria chemical weapons could menace US

6:32 AM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey Graham
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WASHINGTON -- There's growing concern on Capitol Hill that Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons could be a greater threat to the United States after President Bashar Assad's regime is toppled and could end up targeting Americans at home.

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Sen. Lindsey Graham made reference to the Boston Marathon bombs, warning that the weapons must be protected or, as he put it, "The next bomb that goes off in America may not have nails and glass."

U .S. officials last week declared that the Syrian government probably had used sarin gas twice last month.

Graham says the U.S. could safeguard the weapons without a ground force. Fellow Republican Sen. John McCain agrees that U.S. should not sent troops to Syria, but he tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that the U.S. should be part of an international force sent to safeguard the chemical weapons.

(Associated Press)

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