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The U.S is confident that Syria was behind the deadly chemical weapons attack after intercepting a phone call from a Syrian defence chief demanding an explanation from its chemical weapon military unit for the action, according to new claims.
Just hours after the attack last Wednesday an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of the unit, demanding answers, according to website Foreign Policy.
The phone call was intercepted by U.S spies according to the website, and is now the reason that America is confident that it was carried out by the regime - the U.S. has signaled that it will soon strike Syria in response.
Maher al-Assad, a feared figure within the regime, has not been seen for more than a year, but an Israeli television channel has alleged that he was behind the attack.
The commander of the 10,000 strong Republican Guard and the Fourth Armoured Division Maher has been a core figure in Syria's two and half year civil war.
The Channel 2 news report claimed that the shelling originated from the base of the Fourth Armoured Division, just south of Damascus.