Kerry: Syrian gas attack killed 1,400, including 426 children

Kerry: Syrian gas attack killed 1,400, including 426 children

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by KGW Staff, Associated Press and NBC reports

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Posted on August 30, 2013 at 5:38 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The secretary of state briefed the country about possible military intervention in Syria Friday morning during a press conference in Washington, D.C. 

John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, said he has 'high confidence' that the Syrian government carried out the deadly attack that killed more than 1,400 Syrian people, including at least 426 children.

The briefing followed the U.S. chemical weapons assessment that said Syrian President Bashar Assad's government used an unidentified nerve agent in the attack. The report cites human and satellite intelligence that it says backs up publicly available videos and other evidence.

The report says the "high confidence" assessment is the strongest position that U.S. intelligence agencies can take short of confirmation. It dismisses the Assad government's contention that rebels were responsible.  

Background: U.S. ready to strike; Syria vows to repel attackers 

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