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U.S. Considers Military Strikes in Syria

July 19, 2013

US officials are weighing whether to use military force in Syria, the top US military officer told Congress Thursday when pressed about why more was not being done to end the conflict.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said the use of "kinetic strikes" was under "deliberation inside ... our agencies of government."

The answer came in response to a question by Senator John McCain, an advocate of greater US involvement in Syria who sought to pressure Dempsey on his opinions on taking forcible military action in Syria.

"Senator, I am in favour of building a moderate opposition and supporting it," Dempsey said. "The question whether to support it with direct kinetic strikes" falls to President Barack Obama and other elected officials "not for the senior military leader of the nation."






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