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April 19, 2012 7:00 pm

U.S. Military Planning for Increased Role in Syria Conflict

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta greets sailors upon his arrival aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in January of 2012. Photo:wiki commons.

CS Monitor – The Pentagon is “reviewing and planning for a range of additional measures that may be necessary to protect the Syrian people,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday, with top US military planners using the recent US intervention in Libya as a potential template for action.

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Mr. Panetta said the violence in Syria has been “brutal and devastating,” putting the Syrian people “in a desperate” situation.

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