by FP Staff Sep 8, 2013 13:10 IST
Editor's note: The videos are graphic and can be extremely disturbing
In order to make the case that a military attack on Syria is justified, the Obama administration has shown a select group of senators in closed-door briefings some graphic videos of victims of Syrian attacks.
On its website, CNN writes that it was the first to obtain the 13 different videos seen by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that depict the gruesome scene of an chemical weapons attack in Syria on August 21. The administration told senators that their authenticity was verified by the intelligence community.
Meanwhile, a US Senate intelligence panel has reportedly released the 13 videos showing images of the chemical attack in Syria allegedly carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as the White House pressed its case for military action in the strife-torn country.
The Obama administration has accused President Assad’s forces of killing 1,429 people in a poison-gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21, a charge denied by the Syrian government.
Some of the latest opinion polls have showed that the appetite for another war in the US is very low. The Senate Intelligence committee, in a statement, said that the 13 videos were compiled by the US Open Source Center from footage taken in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, the day of the alleged attack. “All of the videos were posted on YouTube by pro-Syrian opposition users,” the committee said.
“With one exception, all 13 videos were posted by a pro-opposition Internet news channel that consistently posts user-created videos concerning the Syrian conflict. The news channel does not primarily generate content, but instead re-posts content originally posted by others,” it said.
Many of the videos were previously posted on YouTube, but this collection of footage is significant because the intelligence community has given it a stamp of authenticity, reported CNN.
Here are some videos that had been posted on YouTube:
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