Kerry: ‘We Know’ Assad Ordered Syria Chemical Attack, ‘What Are We Going to Do About It?’
Speaking to reporters in London at the tail end of a foreign trip which saw him take the U.S. government’s case to both friends and foes at the G-20 summit in Russia and in Europe, Kerry reiterated the Obama administration’s absolute certainty in its own evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad was behind an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs.
“We know that his regime gave orders to prepare for a chemical attack,” said Kerry. “We know by tracing it physically where the rockets came from and where they landed,” he added, saying still-secret intelligence showed rockets being fired from regime-controlled areas into the opposition held eastern Ghouta suburbs.
“The evidence is powerful, and the question for all of us is what are we going to do about it,” said Kerry.
The White House has shared its evidence with U.S. lawmakers, but it’s unclear who else has seen the satellite imagery and heard the intercepted phone calls which make President Obama and his cabinet so certain Assad ordered the attack.