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With Syria Decision Possibly Looming, Defense Chiefs Meet in Jordan

Posted By admin On August 26, 2013 @ 4:44 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Patrick Goodenough
CNS News [1]
August 26, 2013

A meeting currently underway in Jordan of Western and Arab defense chiefs was scheduled several months ago, but last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s capital just over 100 miles away is expected to dominate the agenda.

The gathering in Amman is co-chaired by U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is accompanied by U.S. Central Command head Gen. Lloyd Austin. According to Jordanian state media others taking part are defense chiefs from Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the host nation.

Over the past month Dempsey has taken flak from some congressional critics for offering assessments of possible military options [2] for Syria which they viewed as overly negative [3], but the discussion has shifted dramatically following last Wednesday’s incident near Damascus.

The suspected use by the Assad regime of an outlawed chemical agent that killed hundreds of people has prompted a new level of rhetoric by Western leaders, who warn that a “firm” and “serious’ response is now required. (Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview published Monday that his troops did not use chemical weapons in an attack on a rebel-held suburb in a Damascus last week where hundreds of people died.)

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[1] CNS News: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/syria-decision-possibly-looming-defense-chiefs-meet-jordan

[2] assessments of possible military options: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/dempsey-offers-options-dealing-syria-says-risks-include-empowering-jihadists

[3] overly negative: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/pentagon-takes-heat-over-syria-options-europe-worries-about-jihadists-returning-war

[4] Dempsey in Israel, Jordan, to tie last ends before Obama decides finally on US military action in Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/dempsey-in-israel-jordan-to-tie-last-ends-before-obama-decides-finally-on-us-military-action-in-syria.html

[5] Panetta, Dempsey clear Pentagon desk of US military option for Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/panetta-dempsey-clear-pentagon-desk-of-us-military-option-for-syria.html

[6] Israeli defense experts doubt US will intervene in Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israeli-defense-experts-doubt-us-will-intervene-in-syria.html

[7] US Defense Secretary: Intelligence Reports Indicate Al-Qaeda Presence In Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-defense-secretary-intelligence-reports-indicate-al-qaeda-presence-in-syria.html

[8] Israel’s defense minister: Hezbollah moving elite fighters into Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israels-defense-minister-hezbollah-moving-elite-fighters-into-syria.html

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