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  •  Actually (5+ / 0-)

    I think everyone has ruled out troops, much like Libya and Kosovo

    •  What about securing the CW's? (3+ / 0-)
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      Onomastic, Yasuragi, Justanothernyer

      There wasn't that problem with Kosovo. Libya was already in the process of destroying the stuff and what remained was very old and low in both quality and quantity. I believe there were special forces and drone surveillance monitoring the area.

      Syria is a much different case. Assad has also stated that he would only use it in the case of a foreign attack.

      Military: Thousands of troops needed to secure Syrian chemical sites

      The U.S. military has calculated it could take more than 75,000 ground troops to secure Syria's chemical warfare facilities if they were at risk of being looted or left unguarded, CNN has learned.
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      Securing Syria's chemical sites would be "extraordinarily difficult" given the scope of the problem, a Department of Defense official told CNN.Both officials would only speak on the condition their names not be used because they were talking about military planning.

      The U.S. military believes there are 50 chemical weapon and production sites spread across the country with additional storage sites and research centers as well. The cities of Hama, Homs and al Safira, and the port city of Latakia are all believed to house production facilities.

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