So this is why everyone is so certain the Syrian government used chemical weapons last week. U.S. spies intercepted “panicked” phone calls between the Syrian Ministry of Defense and a leader of the chemical weapons unit in the hours after the deadly attack that left hundreds dead, Foreign Policy reported on Tuesday. American intelligence analysts say the phone calls combined with local doctors’ accounts and the videos from the area have made them certain that chemical weapons were used—although U.S. spies have still have not acquired physical evidence. It’s still unclear what happened among the Syrian government to launch the attack, and at least one U.N. official linked President Bashar al-Assad’s brother to the attack, not the president himself. Meanwhile, al Qaeda vowed “volcano of revenge” against the Syrian regime in retaliation for the alleged nerve-gas attack.
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