While the intelligence committee is still awaiting forensic evidence, chairman Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) told This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell that there is “a high probability” that chemical weapons were used in Syria yesterday. He said that it is clear that the Assad regime has the capacity to use the weapons, and he also believes it has the intent to use them, if it hasn’t already. Rogers said further evidence was needed to verify reports.
There are conflicting reports about whether the weapons were used in Aleppo. The U.S. ambassador to Syria told congressmen at a hearing yesterday that there is no evidence “so far” to corroborate claims that chemical weapons were used, while Israel’s minister of intelligence and strategic affairs said it is “apparently clear” that a chemical attack occurred.