The Pentagon is reportedly preparing a set of options for a potential military attack against Syria, following the recent allegations by Washington and its allies that Damascus seeks to use chemical weapons.
According to a report by congressional newspaper the Hill
, several officials at the US Department of Defense say the rumors about the chemical weapons have prompted the Pentagon to conduct strategic assessment of its military options against Syria.
In response to a question about the US plans to launch a possible military strike against Syria, Pentagon press secretary George Little said on Friday that Washington is “prepared for a full range of contingencies.”
The plans may include the full-on occupation of Syria, which US officials estimate would require 75,000 troops and tens of thousands more for the so-called “peacekeeping” operation in the future, the report said.
On Saturday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry told the United Nations that Damascus will never use chemical weapons against Syrians, warning that ‘terrorist groups’ may resort to such weapons in the ongoing turmoil in the country.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama have said that Washington would take action if the Syrian army uses such weapons.
The US allegations come as commentators say the United States is attempting to orchestrate an Iraq-like scenario in Syria.
Meanwhile, after militants took control of a toxic chemical plant in Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, a shocking video emerged showing them testing toxic chemicals on animals.