U.S. considers military options in Syria
President Barack Obama warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad directly against any use of its chemical weapons, according to the Associated Press.
"Today, I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching," Obama said, the Associated Press reports. "The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not give any specific details about potential operations.
"But suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur," Clinton said, the Associated Press reports.
U.S. officials speaking anonymously said that options being considered include air strikes or limited raids conducted by regional forces to secure Syria's chemical weapons sites. The officials said that the U.S. remains reluctant to use its own ground forces in Syria, but a U.S. special operations team has been training Jordanian troops how to secure the sites.