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The Obama administration is lobbying Congress to support a proposed military intervention in Syria. Secretary of State Kerry claimed that traces of sarin gas were found in samples from Damascus on Aug. 21. The USS Nimitz carrier strike group headed towards the Red Sea; the US naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean has doubled in the past week. A classified budget document shows that in recent years, 20 percent of "a small subset" of CIA job applicants "were found to have significant connections to hostile intelligence services and or terrorist groups."
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.