US positioning naval forces for Cruise missile attacks on Syria
"The Defense Department has responsibility to provide the president with options for all contingencies," Hagel told reporters aboard his plane en route to Malaysia on Friday.
"And that requires positioning our forces, positioning our assets, to be able to carry out different options - whatever options the president might choose," he was quoted as saying by Reuters.
His remarks come after some American defense officials said earlier on Friday that Washington was considering military options against Syria over the allegations of the chemical weapons use by the Syrian government.
An unnamed defense official said the USS Mahan is set to stay in the region after it had finished its deployment and was due to head back to its home base in Norfolk, Virginia.
When asked if it was fair to report that the US had moved assets, Hagel said, "I don't think I said that. I said that we're always having to prepare - as we give the president options - prepare our assets and where they are and the capability of those assets to carry out the contingencies we give the president."
On Wednesday, Syria's foreign-backed opposition claimed that around 1,300 people were killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds. The Syrian government denied the allegations.
A team sent by the United Nations is set to investigate the latest claim of chemical weapons use outside Damascus.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday asked Syria to allow UN inspectors to investigate "without delay" the alleged chemical attack.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama said the United States cannot attack Syria without a UN mandate for the allegations.
"If the US goes in and attacks another country without a UN mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it. Do we have the coalition to make it work? And, you know, those are considerations that we have to take into account," he said in an interview with CNN on Friday.
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Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel says the United States was positioning naval forces and assets in case President Barack Obama decides to order a military strike against Syria. "The Defense Department has responsibility to provide the president with options for all contingencies," Hagel told reporters aboard his plane en route to Malaysia on Friday.
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Spikey wrote August 25, 2013 2:41:54 AM CEST
"Al-Nusra is far more extremist than westerners give them credit for and they are being armed by us"
I've seen these freaks hack the head off some poor hapless priest they got their hands on...they used what looked like a fairly blunt bread knife to do it, which took a while...
I think it's far to say they are extreme alright.
The US want to get rid of Syria as a prelude to getting at the real target..Iran.
If they go for Syria using the 2nd attempt at setting up Assad with a gas attack, Iran as Syria's ally will go in too...which is what Israel wants and what the US wants...they have tried murdering Iranian scientists,
didn't work...Israel sent stuxnet..didn't work..they tried attacking Iran, all this to goad them and that hasn't
worked..so now they look to Syria and Lebanon, as a means to draw Iran into war..but if Iran goes
then Russia and China goes to war too..and that will effectively be that for the majority of life on this
planet of ours.
It's pure insanity.
The elite who are planning all of this, think they will be safe in their dumbs and refuges...it comforts me somewhat to know that they probably wont be.
handy4321 wrote August 24, 2013 5:26:24 PM CEST
This would be true in a world where there was a one world government and the governing body was the U.N. As far as my memory serves me, I never signed up for that. In the real world, there are things like the constitution and bill of rights and congress alone has the authority to declare war!
properREDeye wrote August 24, 2013 2:46:20 PM CEST
The war mongering is in top gear now. Look out anyone who dares to resist the tyranny. How dare Syria not be compliant with the Rothschild banking cartel. How dare they have been be in negotiations with Libya's Gadaffi to create the world's only gold backed currency, how selfish that they would have demonstrated and evaded the inherrant devaluation of global currencies through quantative easing and fractional reserve banking. They will now have a live demonstration of why you must comply with American 'rules' or be destroyed. There is no room in this world for variation, if you are not American you are worthless and disposable. This is the message i hear being blasted across the Atlantic. Ironic really, that they (ignorantly?) are now backing a splinter group of the same organisation that blew up their twin towers. Information has been falsified of the government using chemical weapons when it is the rebels who have been using them. Even if the rebels they are backing get into power in the country, you can forget western banking cartels getting their sticky paws in there to milk the country dry, Al-Nusra is far more extremist than westerners give them credit for and they are being armed by us... Doesn't take a genius to figure out that they won't just hand over the banks so this situation will be a real mess by the end