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  •  No strategic advantage on a small scale ... (1+ / 0-)
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    which leaves us with the conclusion that this was a feeler to see whether they could get away with using them. Assad carefully maintained plausible deniability by reprimanding the local commander after they used them.

    if they had gotten away with it without any adverse reaction on the world stage, they would have used them on a large scale.

    This is the only possibility that seems at all likely to me.

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