Friday, August 30, 2013

White House Releases US Intelligence Findings on Chemical Weapons

30 AUG: 13:30 (EST) The White House released a declassified report of intelligence findings on the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime on August 21,2013.
According to the report US intelligence:
  •          Confirmed with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs on August 21 and that the scenario in which the opposition executed the attack is highly unlikely. 
  •          Indicated the attack came from a regime-controlled area and struck neighborhoods in Damascus, including Kafr Batna, Jawbar, ‘Ayn Tarma, Darayya, and Mu’addamiyah.
  •          Determined that approximately 1,429 Syrians were killed at least 426 of which were children

The report also released this map of the attack in Damascus: