Obama briefed on military options in Syria, including ground invasion

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Martin Dempsey, the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he has briefed President Barack Obama on options for military intervention in Syria, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

Dempsey told a Senate hearing that the options include no-fly zones, a ground invasion, drone attacks against al-Qaeda rebels, and missile strikes on key regime infrastructure, including chemical weapons sites.

He told the hearing that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would still be in power for another year, as “currently the tide seems to have shifted in his favor.”

Obama had inquired whether Washington “could” intervene, not whether it “should,” Dempsey said. “The issue is under deliberation inside of our agencies of government.”

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