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Hagel on Syria Crisis: U.S. Military is Preparing ‘Options for All Contingencies’

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Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, during dinner with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, on April 21, 2013. Photo: Israel Ministry of Defense

Fox News – US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said that President Obama has asked the military to “prepare options for all contingencies” as the crisis in Syria deepens following reports of a chemical weapons attack by that country’s government earlier this week.

Speaking in Malaysia Sunday, where he was starting a planned one-week tour of Asia, Hagel said that the administration was still weighing whether or not to use military force against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among the factors being discussed, Hagel said, were an intelligence assessment of the attack as well as possible international support for a military operation and what he described as legal issues.

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