WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. knows based on intelligence that the Syrian regime carefully prepared for days to launch a chemical weapons attack.
Kerry said Syrian regime personnel were on the ground for three days beforehand, making preparations.
He said regime elements were told to prepare by putting on gas masks.
Kerry said the U.S. also knows where the rockets were launched from. He said the rockets came from regime-controlled areas.
Kerry also said a senior regime official confirmed the weapons were used and was afraid it would be discovered.
The U.S. has released a public report on intelligence gathered about last week’s deadly attack. President Barack Obama is preparing for a possible military strike in response.