Syria warns against foreign involvement in conflict; Hagel says US prepared for ‘all contingencies’
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said that President Obama has asked the military to “prepare options for all contingencies” as the crisis in Syria deepens following reports of a chemical weapons attack by that country’s government earlier this week.
Speaking in Malaysia Sunday, where he was starting a planned one-week tour of Asia, Hagel said that the administration was still weighing whether or not to use military force against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among the factors being discussed, Hagel said, were an intelligence assessment of the attack as well as possible international support for a military operation and what he described as legal issues.
“President Obama has asked the Defense Department to prepare options for all contingencies. We have done that and we are prepared to exercise whatever option — if he decides to employ one of those options,” Hagel said.
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PM: Israel’s ‘finger on the pulse’ of Syria developments, if necessary will also be ‘on the trigger’
Netanyahu says situation in Syria is “horrible tragedy, crime.”
Israel’s “finger is on the pulse” following the situation in Syria, and – if needed – will also be on the trigger, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday in his first public comments on reports that hundreds of Syrian were killed last week by chemical weapons.
What is happening in Syria is both a horrible tragedy and crime, he said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting.
“Our heart goes out to the women, children, babies and citizens killed in such a cruel way through the use of weapons of mass destruction,” he added.
Netanyahu said that Israel drew three conclusions from this episode.
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