The U.S. and its allies are drafting plans for possible military action against Syria in response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack. Britain is pressing the United Nations Security Council to condemn Syria's government. Syrian rebels led U.N. inspectors back to the scene of the alleged chemical attack in eastern Damascus.
The inspectors are looking for evidence to prove the Syrian government gassed its own people last week. But U.S. officials say they already have proof and are preparing for a possible military strike against President Bashar Assad's regime.
Assad and his regime deny using chemicals on civilians. But CBS News has learned a de-classified report could be released as early as tomorrow revealing details about how Syrian forces prepared for and carried out the gas attack. The intelligence ranges from intercepted Syrian communications to tests of tissue samples taken from victims.
Britain's prime minister is backing us calls for action against Syria. Lawmakers will vote in parliament on Thursday whether to use military force. British officials drafted a resolution asking the U.N. to authorize "necessary measures" to protect Syrian civilians.
The U.N. Special Envoy to Syria says while evidence suggests it was a chemical attack, the Security Council would need to approve any military response. But the Obama Administration says even without a green light from the U.N., international law gives the U.S. the right to take action. Syria's allies Russia and China are expected to veto any resolution condemning Syria.