August 30, 2013
Congressional leaders Thursday night appeared ready to back at least a limited U.S. military strike on the Syrian government following a private telephone briefing with White House officials.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and National Security Advisor Susan Rice as well as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were among the White House officials on the 90-minute call, which did not include President Obama and, due to security concerns, excluded discussions of classified material.
While classified information was lacking, lawmakers said they were assured there is solid evidence that the regime of Bashar al-Assad was behind an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack on its own people and that the United States should take action to stop further use.
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