US 'ready to go' on Syria strike - Hagel

Published August 27th, 2013 - 07:18 GMT
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian from his plane on Tuesday. (AFP)
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian from his plane on Tuesday. (AFP)

US military forces are "ready" to launch a strike against Syria if President Barack Obama orders an attack, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday.

"We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfil and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take," Mr Hagel told the BBC.

The White House announced Tuesday that the US will release intelligence later this week on the alleged chemical weapons attack that took place in the residential suburbs of Damascus.

Meanwhile, the UK Parliament is set to reconvene on Thursday to discuss the nature of Britain's involvement in a possible Syria strike

Prime Minister David Cameron, after recalling the parliament from their summer break, said the "world could not stand idly by" after seeing the shocking scenes of death and suffering caused by suspected chemical weapons attacks, the BBC reported.


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