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  • FILE - This Aug. 26, 2013 file photo shows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. forces are now ready to act on any order by President Barack Obama to strike Syria, U.S. Hagel said Tuesday.The U.S. Navy has four destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea positioned within range of targets inside Syria, as well as U.S. warplanes in the region, Hagel said in an interview with BBC television during his visit to the southeast Asian nation of Brunei. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)

    The prospect of a dramatic U.S.-led intervention into Syria's civil war stemmed from the West's assertion that President Bashar Assad's government was responsible for an alleged chemical attack on civilians.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 28, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT