Secretary of State John Kerry announced that biological samples from Syria have tested positive for sarin gas this Sunday morning.
“I can share with you today that blood and hair samples that have come to us through an appropriate chain of custody from east Damascus, from first responders, it has tested positive for signatures of sarin. So, each day that goes by the case is even stronger. We know that the regime ordered this attack, ” Secretary of State John Kerry said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
U.S. military forces are expected to roll out new cyber warfare capabilities during the anticipated military strike on Syria for its use of a deadly nerve agent, according to military sources.
Targets of cyber attacks likely will include electronic command and control systems used by the Syrian military forces, air defense computers, and other military communications networks.
The U.S. military, struggling after defense cuts of tens of billions of dollars, will be unable to pay for attacks on Syria from current operating funds and must seek additional money from Congress, according to congressional aides.
Labor watchdogs held a candlelight vigil outside AFL-CIO headquarters to commemorate victims of union intimidation and violence on Friday afternoon.
The U.S. intelligence community had indications the Bashar al-Assad regime was preparing to launch a chemical weapons strike on an opposition-controlled area outside of Damascus in the days leading up to the attack, according to an intelligence assessment released by the White House on Friday.
An administration that has long championed the importance of international institutions and multilateral action made clear on Friday that the United States would take action in Syria with or without approval from the United Nations and other international organizations.
White House visitor logs are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal judge ruled Friday, blocking the public from reviewing the records.