Intelligence officials to brief lawmakers on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. intelligence report that outlines the evidence against Syria says some questions remain about Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons last week.

According to intelligence officials, the report acknowledges that there's no proof of who actually controls some of Syria's chemical weapons. And it says there are doubts about whether Bashar Assad himself ordered the attack.

Still, a senior U.S. official who has read the report says it assesses with "high confidence" that the regime was responsible for firing a barrage of rockets filled with a chemical weapon that hit suburbs east and west of Damascus last week.

President Barack Obama's national security adviser and his intelligence chief are among those who'll brief lawmakers tonight by teleconference, to help make the case for U.S. action against Syria.

Some Democrats and Republicans in Congress are pushing Obama to explain why the U.S. should attack Syria and involve Americans in the country's deadly civil conflict.


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