US officials told NBC News the Syrian military is ready to use chemical weapons against its own citizens. Precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, have allegedly been loaded into aerial bombs ready to be dropped on rebel strongholds. Last Tuesday, officials said there was no proof mixing of the “precursor” chemicals had begun. By Wednesday, confirmation came that the nerve agents were loaded inside the bombs. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issues a statement warning Syrian President Bashar Assad not to use chemical weapons, adding he would be crossing “a red line” if he did so. NBC News sources say Clinton is expected to officially recognize the main opposition movement, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces next week.