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US intercepted chemical weapons communications in Syria: report | TheHill

The U.S. intelligence community intercepted communications between Syrian military officials and chemical weapons experts discussing preparations for a chemical weapons attack in northern Syria last week, CNN reported Wednesday.

While the intercepted communications took place before an attack blamed on the Syrian regime, a senior U.S. official told CNN that the U.S. did not know about the strike before it happened. The intercepts were part of a review of communications and other intelligence from the hours after the attack.

The U.S. intelligence community typically deals with such a large volume of communications from Syria and Iraq that the information is often not looked at by analysts unless a certain event warrants it.



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