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Intel report cites evidence of Syria attack, Kerry says 'no doubt' Assad responsible

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The Obama administration cranked up its call for intervention in Syria on Friday, releasing a detailed intelligence report on last week's chemical weapons attack as Secretary of State John Kerry said there's "no doubt" the Assad regime was behind this "crime against humanity."  

Kerry issued a robust call for action in Syria, despite British lawmakers voting a day earlier not to get involved. He cited the findings of an intelligence assessment that was released shortly after he began speaking, saying there's clear evidence chemical weapons were used by the Assad regime last week. 

"I'm not asking you to take my word for it," Kerry said, urging people to read the report. "This is what Assad did to his own people." 

Kerry called Bashar Assad a "thug" and a "murderer" who must not be allowed to escape retribution for the attack. 

The intelligence assessment said the U.S. government has "high confidence" that the Syrian government carried out the chemical attack using a nerve agent. 

The report said preliminary findings show 1,429 people were killed in the attack, including at least 426 children.


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