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US Signals Readiness To Strike Syria If Ordered

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U.S. military forces stand ready to strike Syria at once if President Barack Obama gives the order, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said as the United States prepared to declare formally that chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian civil war. The steady beat of war drums has picked up this week, as reports flew out of Syria surrounding a chemical weapons strike that many officials -- including in the U.S. -- claim was launched by President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Stocks declined broadly in early Tuesday trading as investors feared that the possibility of a U.S. military intervention in Syria could become a reality. Worries about a potential military strike against Syria are dragging down the stock market in early trading.

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