AP: Syria intelligence no ‘slam dunk’

Thursday, August 29, 2013
By Paul Martin

By Blake Neff
TheHill.com
08/29/13

American intelligence connecting Syrian President Bashar Assad with an alleged chemical attack that allegedly killed hundreds of civilians is not a “slam dunk,” The Associated Press reported, citing intelligence officials.

According to AP sources, there is uncertainty about who controls Syria’s chemical weapon supplies, and even if the government launched the attack, it is not clear the strike was ordered by Assad or one of his closest deputies.

President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and other world leaders have already stated that they hold the Syrian government responsible and have been preparing for possible military strikes against the Syrian regime.

Gaps in intelligence are likely to strengthen doubts among members of Congress about getting involved in the Syrian conflict.

More than 100 House members, mostly Republicans, have signed a letter written by Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) saying that Obama must acquire the consent of Congress before using military force in Syria.

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