Snipers Take Aim at UN Weapons Inspectors in Syria

Searching for evidence of deadly chemical attacks could force America to respond.
3:42 | 08/26/13

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united states is about to make a veough choice. Will the u.S. Military take action against syria? Late today secretary of state john kerry said it is clear chemical weapons were deployed against the syrian people, but who gave that order and would this draw america into another conflict? Abc's martha raddatz is in egypt and covering the question, what happens now. Reporter: After coming under repeated sniper fire, un investigators donned helmets and bulletproof vests today and returned to the damascus suburbs to interview survivors of the horrific attack. This is the effect of chemicals one doctor told the investigators and tonight the u.S. Secretary of state said the u.S. Has little doubt that it is true. Make no mistake, president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. Reporter: Images are hard to watch. Secretary kerry spoke about the hundreds, maybe thousands of innocents who were killed. As a father, I can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him, the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or a visible wound, bodies con torting in spasms, human suffering that we can never ignore or forget. Reporter: Such strong words from top u.S. Officials leave little doubt the u.S. Plans military action against syria's assad regime as three key allies, bring, france and turkey, say they will back a military response, u. Nufrjts mandate or not. Assad remains defiant, warning that the u.S. Would fail as in vietnam. Officials say the purpose of any military strike would be to deter and preeft syria from launching anymore chemicals weapons attacks which means the military strike would likely come within days or weeks. Martha, our thanks to you. Now a quick look at the us military might in the region. As of tonight four more ships and at least one submarine are off the coast of syria, 100 to 200 miles, and at least half a dozen bases manned by more than 15,000 troops. Let's bring in abc news analyst, former fighter pilot, steve began yard. Is there any chance they will trying to target chemical weapons themselves? Probably not the e chemical weapons themselves. To sdrois a chemical weapon you have to get it hot. A bomb is not going to do that. You could spread the weapons up to two miles away. We also don't want the sites open so someone can steal them and use them in a terrorist attack later on. What do you think the targets will be and what will it take to hit them? They will want to degrade assad's military capability to a significant degree. They're probably go off air fields such as the one in damascus and the one that destroyed helicopters and aircraft and a runway so that is correct not be used against their people. They'll probably want to do something that's visible compelling so the world can see that assad has been delivered a punch and we have done something about his use of chemicals weapons against civilians. Thank you, steve. And right back here at home there are two pictures that say

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