As Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the nation on the administration’s call for military action against Syria, the White House declassified a four-page document detailing the Assad regime’s chemical attack on the suburbs of capital city Damascus.
Among the details about the August 21 attacks, the paper claims that 1,429 people were killed during the chemical attack, 426 of whom were children. The document also asserts that the administration has evidence confirming that the Assad regime was “witting of” and directed the attack.
Citing intercepted communications involving a “senior official intimately familiar with the offensive,” the document claims the regime worried the United Nations would obtain evidence of the chemical attacks. Thusly, it reads, the regime ramped up its artillery barrage on the suburbs for what the administration has suggested was a way of covering up the chemical deaths.
Read the full document below, via the White House:
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