On Aug. 23, CBS’ Charlie Kaye tweeted that the network had learned the Pentagon is “making the initial preparations for a Cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces.”
A deadly attack took place in Syria on Aug. 21, leaving hundreds of Syrians dead. The New York Times reports rebels say it was perpetrated by the Syrian government using chemical weapons.
According to the Times, senior officials from the Pentagon, the State Dept., and other intelligence agencies met for more than three hours at the White House Thursday to deliberate options regarding a strike on Syria.
Reportedly no decision was made at that time, however, during a Friday interview with CNN, President Obama noted that the United States is “gathering information” about chemical weapons reports.
“What we’ve seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern,” he added.
The Times reports that in April, the U.S. confirmed it believed that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons and that the Obama administration indicated it may supply rebels with weapons. Opposition officials told the Times this has not yet taken place.