Saturday, August 31, 2013

5 Takeaways On The U.S. Intelligence Report That Outlines Syrian Culpability In Last Week's Chemical Attack

Obama having a meeting in the Situation Room on Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House)

US Releases Intelligence On Syria Chemical Attack: 5 Takeaways -- Peter Grier, Christian Science Monitor

US report released Friday asserts an Aug. 21 attack in Syria involved chemical weapons – and concludes confidence is 'high' that the Assad regime, not Syrian rebels, is responsible. It also offers answers on what, when, where, and why.

That judgment is based on reports from human informants, intercepted communications, and overhead spy photos, says the terse four-page document. A total of 1,429 people, including 426 children, were killed in an attack that most likely involved nerve gas, says US intelligence.

“Our high confidence assessment [of what happened] is the strongest position that the US Intelligence Community can take short of confirmation,” says the document.

US officials have been promising all week that the administration would release a scrubbed intelligence analysis of the Syrian incident. The basic conclusions of the report, released Friday, closely follow statements the White House has been making for days.

In other words, it concludes that the tragic event was a chemical weapons strike, that the regime of Bashar al-Assad was responsible, and that there is no way Syrian rebels could have carried it out, as Mr. Assad claims.

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WNU Editor: The official White House report on the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons can be read here.

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