AFP - Secretary of State John Kerry promised Friday the United States had carefully examined its intelligence on Syria's weapons and would not repeat the mistakes that preceded the Iraq war.
"Our intelligence community has carefully reviewed and re-reviewed information regarding this attack," he said, referring to last week's alleged chemical strike outside Damascus.
"It's done so more than mindful of the Iraq experience. We will not repeat that moment."
A US intelligence report Friday blamed Syria's government for a chemical weapons attack with "high confidence" and said it was "highly unlikely" the outrage was a ruse plotted by rebels.
The report said that 1,429 people were killed in the attack, including 426 children, and said the assessment was based on "multiple" streams of intelligence.
Meanwhile UN experts have finished their work in Syria and will now "expedite" a report on whether chemical weapons have been used in the country's conflict, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
"The team has completed its collection of samples and evidence," Nesirky told reporters. "They are now packing up, they will be leaving Damascus and leaving Syria tomorrow."