May 1, 2013 – 39 minutes ago (14:45):
‘Pentagon steps up planning for military intervention in Syria’
Washington: The Pentagon has stepped up planning for potential military intervention in the Syrian civil war.
The move comes specifically because of growing evidence the Syrian regime may have used chemical weapons. According to CNN, a senior administration official said that ‘there is intensified planning underway as more precise evidence has come that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons’. If President Barack Obama were to order action, it could involve thousands of US troops. The official said it’s not likely to involve troops on the ground in Syria.Two other officials said that the most likely options would be using cruise missiles based at sea and fighter jets to try to destroy chemical sites or the headquarters of Syrian military elements linked to them, the report said.
May 1, 2013 – 10 minutes ago (9:37 am):
‘Barack Obama won’t rush to act against Syria over chemical arms’
President Barack Obama signaled on Tuesday he is no rush to respond quickly to Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons, taking a cautious approach to the country’s civil war, mirroring the views of the American public, most lawmakers and some US allies’.
Mr Obama, who last year declared that the use or deployment of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would cross a “red line,” told a White House news conference there was evidence those weapons were used, but there was still much that US intelligence agencies did not know.
“We don’t know how they were used, when they were used, who used them,” he said, and, “We don’t have a chain of custody that establishes what exactly happened.”
(Reuters – Times of Oman)
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