Just in: U.S. knew of chemical attack in advance

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According to a report by CNN, the U.S. intelligence community recently intercepted communications between Syrian military officials and chemical weapons experts who were discussing plans for a chemical weapons attack in northern Syria.

The report said the intelligence community got hold of the conversation last week before the chemical attack in Syria took place. However, officials told CNN they did not know that a specific strike was going to happen.

According to The Hill, nothing in the communication intercepted mentions Russia knowing about the attack that killed over 80 people in Syria. Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deny they were involved in the attack or knew about it.  However, history suggests the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons as a means of attack in the past.

According to U.S. intelligence officials, not only is Russia known to have chemical weapons experts in the country, but they now have reason to believe Syria has reestablished its use of the weapons, as well.

 

 

H/T: The Hill 

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