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August 24, 2013 10:30 am

Western Intelligence Preliminary Assessment: Assad Used Chemical Weapons

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad waving to an admiring crowd. Photo: Syrian Presidency Instagram account.

Ynet – US and allied intelligence agencies’ have made a preliminary assessment that chemical weapons were used by Syrian forces in an attack near Damascus this week, likely with high-level approval from the government of President Bashar Assad, according to American and European security sources.

The early intelligence finding could increase pressure for action by President Barack Obama, who has made clear that he plans to tread cautiously even as his aides air their differences in a debate over possible military responses to the Syrian government.

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