U.S. Prepares Military Options for Syria as 20K Assad Troops Advance on Aleppo

Rebel general says he needs weapons against 20K Assad troops advancing on Aleppo.

This Wednesday, June 5, 2013, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows Syrian soldiers loyal to President Bashar Assad in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanese border, in Homs province, Syria.
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Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has reversed a recommendation he made last year supporting arming the rebels, citing reports that al-Qaida splinter groups such as the Al Nusrah Fron now operate among the opposition fighters.

He also doubted in April the true effectiveness of a no-fly zone.

The White House estimates deaths from chemical weapons are between 100 and 150. Thursday's announcement follows reports from the U.N. earlier in the week that the overall death toll in Syria now exceeds 90,000.

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