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Pentagon Considering Military Action Against Syria

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 05:27 PM

The United States military is putting together plans for military action against Syria two days after dozens of citizens died there in a chemical weapons attack purportedly at the hands of the Syrian government.

The Washington Examiner cited a Pentagon official as saying, "There are very senior level meetings under way, but I have not seen a concrete plan."

Another official added, "The options include any legitimate military target including chemical plants, aircraft, command, and control centers. We have a lot of options, because we have a lot of assets in the area."

Included in the discussions, according to the Examiner, are Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joints chiefs of staff. Other high-level military commanders are involved as well.

Tuesday's attack killed nearly 90 people, including 28 children. Chemical weapon bombs were dropped on a town held by rebels in the country's northern Idlib province. The United States believes the Syrian military was responsible.

President Donald Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Thursday that military action could be in the cards.

"I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity," Trump said.

Asked if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should remain in power, Trump said, "He's there, and I guess he's running things, so something should happen."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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