US general outlines Syria options

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 - 13:36

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The top US military officer has outlined the costs, risks and benefits of possible American military involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey offered five military options, including limited strikes and establishing a no-fly zone.

But he said using force in Syria would be "no less than an act of war" and could cost the US billions of dollars

Washington has so far ruled out military intervention in Syria.