BREAKING: Secretary of State John Kerry called the August 21st chemical weapons attack in Syria a “crime against humanity.” He confirmed the attack ordered by the Bashar al-Assad regime killed 1,429 Syrians, including 426 children. He said U.S. actions would not be “boots on the ground” or be “open ended.”
Kerry said “no doubt” Assad used chemical weapons against his people. This comes as the Obama Administration is set to unilaterally strike Syria on a “limited” basis, the New York Times reports.
It’s ironic that Donald Rumsfeld, who was instrumental in the U.S. invasion of Iraq on a ‘lie’ claims President Obama hasn’t made the case for military action in Syria. Former President George W. Bush said it’s a tough decision for President Obama to make and that he was ‘no fan of Bashar al-Assad.’
–100 videos attributed to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria “show large numbers of bodies exhibiting physical signs consistent with, but not unique to, nerve agent exposure.” Some videos show what appear to be fatalities “with no visible injuries” — imagery “consistent with death from chemical weapons, and inconsistent with death from small-arms, high-explosive munitions or blister agents,” said the report, released Friday.
–1,429 people were killed in an August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria and asserted that “we assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs.”
— The United States says it has “intelligence that leads us to assess that Syrian chemical weapons personnel … were preparing chemical weapons munitions prior to” what Washington believes was a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21. “In the three days prior to the attack, we collected streams of human, signals and geospatial intelligence that reveal regime activities that we assess were associated with preparations for a chemical weapons attack,” the U.S. government said in its assessment released Friday.
Watch George W. Bush speaking on Syria: