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BEYOND DOUBT: Kerry Says Syria Used Chemical Weapons
(CNN) -- U.S. intelligence proves "beyond any reasonable doubt" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was behind the August poison gas attack outside Damascus, Secretary of State John Kerry told a Senate committee Tuesday. Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the Obama administration lobbied for Congress to authorize military action against Syria. From the outset, Kerry addressed the shadow of claims offered in the buildup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, reassuring committee members that the intelligence linking Syrian government forces to the August 21 attack was solid.