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U.S. Has 'Clear' Evidence Against Assad

August 30, 2013
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (file photo)

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that US intellgence had clear evidence the Syrian government had prepared and launched a chemical attack in a Damascus suburb a week ago and that the world could not turn a "blind eye" to regime's action.

"We know that for three days before the attack the Syrian regime's chemical weapons personnel were on the ground, in the area, making preparations," Kerry said. "And we know that the Syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons."

Kerry said the US knew "where the rockets were launched from, and at what time. We know where they landed, and when."

The secretary said that "history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator's wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency."

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Source: Copyright Deutsche Presse-Agentur ??? Engl 2013

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