Report: DOD drafting plans to strike Syrian chemical weapon targets

Saturday, December 8, 2012
By Paul Martin

Carlo Muñoz
The Hill
Dec 8, 2012

Senior U.S. defense officials are drafting plans for a potential preemptive strike against government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, prompted by concerns over the country’s chemical weapon stockpiles.

While information on the specific status of those weapons remains extremely fluid, recent U.S. intelligence showed Assad’s forces outfitting air-to-ground bombs with sarin gas at two airfields in Syria, according to CNN.

That latest development spurred on the Pentagon’s latest strategic assessment of its military options in the country, according to several Defense Department officials.

“The more information and intelligence you have, the more clarity you can bring to options you may decide to use,” a department official told CNN on Friday.

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