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August 30th, 2013
04:59 PM ET

Military ready to act in Syria if Obama says go

President Barack Obama said the United States does not plan to send troops to Syria. That leaves airstrikes as the most likely response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime's use of chemical weapons.

The military, especially the U.S. Navy which already has five warships in position in the Mediterranean, are ready to go – all they are waiting for is the president's order.

CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports.

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