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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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