April 06, 2017

Syria likely responsible for chemical attack condemned by President Trump

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: USA Today

Journalist Tom Vanden Brook

U.S. radar showed Syrian warplanes in the vicinity of the suspected chemical-weapon attack that killed dozens of people in northern Syria on Tuesday, according to a senior Defense Department official.

The gas attack killed several children, prompting President Trump on Wednesday to say that it “had crossed a lot of lines for me.” Trump did not promise a military response to the use of chemical weapons on civilians, a widely condemned atrocity.

But the Defense official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about intelligence matters, said that a military response could imperil U.S. forces on the ground in Syria fighting the Islamic State.

Read the full article at USA Today.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...