Anonymous US official releases a DVD showing video of chemical attack victims

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Associated Press

Posted on September 8, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 8 at 2:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama prepares for a national address on Syria this Tuesday night, a U.S. official has released a DVD compilation of videos showing victims of the Aug. 21 attack near Damascus.

The graphic images show children and adults in several different locations, on stretchers or on the floor, gasping for air and choking. Some of the victims are frozen still while others make jerky motions with their arms or legs, as medical workers try to tend to dozens of people all at once.

The same compilation of videos was reportedly shown to senators during a classified briefing on Thursday, and some have been posted on YouTube by supporters of the Syrian rebels .

The U.S. official, who was granted anonymity, says the videos were also referenced in the government's four-page intelligence assessment, released last week, that blamed the Syrian government for the chemical attack.

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204-r-08-(Sound of medical personnel in Duma, Syria, trying to treat dozens of victims of a chemical weapons attack on August 21st, as provided to the media by a U.S. official who was granted anonymity)--Sound of medical personnel in Duma, Syria, trying to treat dozens of victims of a chemical weapons attack on August 21st, as provided to the media by a U.S. official who was granted anonymity. (7 Sep 2013)

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203-r-19-(Sound of man in Jawbar, Syria, praying to Allah, as he witnesses people dying from a chemical weapons attack on August 21st, as provided to the media by a U.S. official who was granted anonymity)--Sound of man in Jawbar, Syria, praying to Allah, as he witnesses people dying from a chemical weapons attack on August 21st, as provided to the media by a U.S. official who was granted anonymity. (7 Sep 2013)

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202-w-36-(Matt Friedman (FREED'-man), AP correspondent, with natural sound from video released by a U.S. official, showing victims being treated, and some dying, after the August 21st chemical attack)--As President Obama prepares for a national address Tuesday about military action against Syria, a U.S. official released a DVD compilation of videos showing victims of the August 21st attack. AP correspondent Matt Friedman has details. Updated: 09/07/2013-09:02:18 PM ET (7 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO WX703: This image from video that was released by a U.S. government official and shown to senators during a classified briefing on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, shows a man foaming at the mouth, lying on the floor of a large room with many other people apparently struggling with symptoms of nerve agent exposure in Eastern Gutah in Damascus, Syria. The video was part of a DVD compilation of videos showing victims of the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus. (AP Photo/APTN) (7 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO WX704: This image from video that was released by a U.S. government official and shown to senators during a classified briefing on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, shows people of all ages apparently struggling with symptoms of nerve agent exposure and lying on the floor of a facility in Duma, Syria. The video was part of a DVD compilation of videos showing victims of the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus. (AP Photo/APTN) (7 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO WX701: This image from video that was released by a U.S. government official and shown to senators during a classified briefing on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 shows a child apparently suffering from continuous, uncontrolled limb movement consistent with nerve agent exposure in Ain Tarma, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, following the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack. The child was one of many shown lying on the floor of the same facility for treatment. (AP Photo/APTN) (7 Sep 2013)

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