U.S.NATO countries work on plans for military action Syria after use of chemical weapons 2203131
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|Friday, March 22, 2013, 08:21 AM|
|U.S. and NATO countries work on plans for military action in Syria after the use of chemical weapons|
After the use of Chemical weapons in Syria, there is some plans to send troops on the ground to secure Syria's chemical weapons facilities if they were in danger of being looted. An actual deployment would likely involve far fewer ground troops, and from various nations, but it underscores the scope of the challenge.
The opposition Free Syrian Army is creating a special unit of men trained to secure Syria’s chemical weapons sites, a former general in the country’s chemical and biological weapons administration has told the Daily Telegraph.
Seven months ago, President Barack Obama warned the use of chemical weapons in Syria could bring direct U.S. involvement in that country's raging civil war. While the administration's interest in U.S. military involvement in Syria remains low, planners still have been preparing for the possibility U.S. forces would have to step in and neutralize Syria's military or safeguard chemical weapons stockpiles.
But such strikes pose a danger of releasing chemical agents into the air around civilian populations in Syria, the officials said.