Spies Intercepted Syrian Calls

    Syrian men evacuate a victim following an air strike by regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo on August 26, 2013. Syria's opposition accused pro-regime forces of opening fire at UN weapons inspectors on their way to a suspected chemical weapons site outside Damascus in a bid to hinder their investigation. AFP PHOTO/ABO AL-NUR SADK        (Photo credit should read ABO AL-NUR SADK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    So that’s how the U.S. knows it was the Syrian government who launched chemical weapons. U.S. spies intercepted “panicked” phone calls between the Syrian Ministry of Defense and a leader of the chemical-weapons unit in the hours after the attack that left hundreds dead last week, Foreign Policy reported on Tuesday. American intelligence analysts say the phone calls—combined with local doctors’ accounts and the videos from the area—have made them certain that chemical weapons were used. Still unclear is why the Syrian government launched the attack, and at least one U.N. official linked President Bashar al-Assad’s brother to the attack, not the president himself. Meanwhile, al Qaeda vowed a “volcano of revenge” against the Syrian regime.

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