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White House Considers Stronger Force Against Assad

Jeorme Campbell |
November 28, 2012 | 9:27 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

The Obama adminstration has begun to weigh their options against the Assad regime. (Creative Commons)
The Obama adminstration has begun to weigh their options against the Assad regime. (Creative Commons)
The Obama administration has considered using stronger force to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to the Washington Post

A spokeswoman from the State Department said the U.S. is deciding if the Patriot missile system should be placed on the border of Turkey to protect that country from missiles. Officials believe the Syrians could carry chemical weapons in their missiles and the Patriot system would allow for those missiles to be struck down.

Other options include providing arms to opposition forces or deploy CIA officers to assist fighters in the area.

As the White House considers its options, foreign allies have begun to consider their choices.

British Prime Minister David Cameron told the Post:

“Look, let’s be frank, what we’ve done over the last 18 months hasn’t been enough,” Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, said three weeks ago after visiting a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. “The slaughter continues, the bloodshed is appalling, the bad effects it’s having on the region, the radicalization, but also the humanitarian crisis that is engulfing Syria. So let’s work together on really pushing what more we can do.”

No decisions have been made at this time and senior congressional officials say they have not been briefed on any possible policy shifts.

Any changes in policy would be expected to occur when President Barack Obama chooses his new security team.

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