As the U:S.
prepares for a potential military strike against Syria, a new analysis suggests that the administration’s response will be “catastrophic” and “cataclysmic” for the region.
Lawmakers are also calling for an independent investigation of the U.:S.
response to the chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 in Damascus.
The chemical weapons incident has been blamed on the Assad regime, which has denied responsibility.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee said it will hold a hearing on the attack at 10 a.m.
The committee will also hold a briefing later this week on a second incident in Idlib province.
The hearing will be the second of its kind in the country, the committee said in a statement.
The hearing will focus on how the U., Russia, Iran, China and others are involved in the crisis in Syria, which the U.; the U.-led coalition and Russia are seeking to end.
The U.N. has condemned the attack, and a U.K.-based chemical weapons watchdog said that the chemical agents used in the attack were “designed to cause severe injury and death.”
The U.:s role in the conflict has been widely criticized.
The Obama administration says that it is supporting the Syrian government and that the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Bashar Assad is a violation of international law.