Obama asked Pentagon to prepare military options, move naval forces closer to Syria, Hagel says


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[np_storybar title=”Aid group tallies 355 deaths in Syria chemical attack
” link=”http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/08/24/aid-group-tallies-355-deaths-in-syria-chemical-attack/”]DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian state media accused rebels of using chemical arms against government troops in clashes Saturday near Damascus, while an international aid group said it has tallied 355 deaths from the purported chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

Doctors Without Borders said three hospitals it supports in the eastern Damascus region reported receiving roughly 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms” over less than three hours on Wednesday morning, when the attack in the eastern Ghouta area took place.

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The Pentagon is moving naval forces closer to Syria in preparation for a possible decision by President Barack Obama to order military strikes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested on Friday.

Hagel declined to describe any specific movements of U.S. forces. He said Obama asked that the Pentagon prepare military options for Syria and that…

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