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President Obama said he believes the US should intervene militarily in Syria, but stated that he will seek Congressional authorization after debate. Lawmakers return to Congress on Sept. 9. Administration officials are briefing Congressmen in an effort to build support for the planned military intervention. US allies Saudi Arabia, Israel, South Korea, and Turkey have been urging the administration to take action against the Assad regime. A federal court refused to dismiss terrorism charges against al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Hamza, who faces trial next year.
Secretary of State Kerry spoke about the planned US-led military intervention in Syria, stating that "clear" and "compelling" intelligence shows Assad forces perpetrated a chemical attack in Damascus on Aug. 21 that killed at least 1,429 Syrians. An unclassified intelligence report was released today, but none of the actual evidence has been released. President Obama said the intervention would be "limited" and not involve boots on the ground. US military assets have been moved closer to Syria in preparation for a possible attack that might involve cruise missiles; Defense Secretary Hagel said the military is ready to execute a command to strike.
US officials said the Obama administration is prepared to move ahead with unilateral limited strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, even without backing from allies such as Britain or endorsement by a UN resolution. Officials claim intelligence shows that forces loyal to Assad conducted the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Damascus; they also say Assad has been dispersing his assets over the past week in anticipation of a Western strike. Additional charges were filed against Adel Daoud, of Chicago, for soliciting the murder of an FBI officer; Daoud already faces terrorism charges. Robel Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev, was indicted for allegedly making false statements to investigating authorities. Two Algerian Guantanamo detainees, Nabil Hadjarab and Motai Sayab, were repatriated.