CHICAGO (CBS) — Senator Dick Durbin says the U.S. and its allies need to act swiftly to deal with the threat Syria poses to its own people, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

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According to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Intelligence has concluded with “varying degrees of confidence” that the Syrian government has twice used chemical weapons in its civil war. Unacceptable, says U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.

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“This crosses a line that the United States and other countries have drawn and said to Bashir Assad of Syria: Do not cross this line, do not kill your own people with chemical weapons,” said Durbin. “We know that he has stockpiles of chemical weapons and he has the capacity to kill tens of thousands of people. We gave him that warning.”

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Durbin says there are many options working with our allies to deal with the threat and he is not calling for an invasion or anything near that.