Administration now says ‘very little doubt’ Assad used chemical weapons on Syrian civilians

8/25/13
 
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from FoxNews,
8/25/13:

A top Obama administration official says there is “very little doubt” the Syrian government last week used a chemical weapon on civilians, killing at least 100 people.

The official said Sunday that U.S. intelligence officials made the assessment based on “the reported number of victims, reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured and witness accounts.”

The official said the White House also thinks Syrian President Bashar Assad and his forces are denying United Nations investigators immediate access to the site of the reported chemical weapons attack Wednesday in the Damascus suburbs to give the evidence time to degrade.

The Syrian government reportedly said Sunday it will allow U.N. inspectors to visit the site. However, U.S. officials think any evidence of an attack has already been too degraded.

The administration statement follows a meeting Saturday between President Obama and his National Security Council that concluded with the White House saying the administration was still “gathering facts.”

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