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U.S. moves warships toward Syria, CBS reports

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The Pentagon is making preparations for a potential U.S. missile strike against Syria, CBS reports on Friday’s evening news.

The highlights from the CBS broadcast:

  1. The commander of U.S. forces in the Mediterranean ordered Navy warships to move closer to Syria to be ready for a possible cruise missile strike.
  2. The advantage of launching cruise missiles from the sea is that such a mission would not risk American lives.
  3. A strike would be designed not to topple Syrian dictator Bashir Assad but to convince him he cannot get away with using chemical weapons.
  4. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is expected to present options for a strike on Syria at a White House meeting today.
  5. Potential targets inside Syria include command bunkers and launchers used to fire chemical weapons.
  6. Officials stress President Obama, who has resisted calls for military intervention, has not made a decision. An attack won’t happen until the president gives the green light. And it was clear during an interview on CNN on Friday that he is not there yet.
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