Israel to join US-led military coalition against Syria: Report

Syrian Army soldiers patrol Sheik Said neighborhood in the northwestern city of Aleppo on November 11, 2012

israel may be part of a US-led military coalition against Syria in case the Damascus government decides to use its chemical weapons against foreign-backed militants, reports say.

The Tel Aviv regime is getting ready for such a scenario amid increasing speculation that the US military will intervene in Syria “within days” if chemical weapons are used, Hebrew-language Maariv newspaper reported.

The US intervention would involve Britain and other European allies. Some regional countries, including Turkey and Jordan, could also be involved.

Meanwhile, the British daily, The Times has confirmed that the forces which are set to take part in the US military intervention are already present in the region.

The US Special Forces are on standby and there is no need to deploy them, the daily quoted a US official as saying.

The Times reported in May that 12,000 soldiers from 19 countries had taken part in a US-led military drill in Jordan.

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama have vowed to take action if the Syrian Army uses chemical weapons during the ongoing turmoil within the country.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned on Tuesday that any use of chemical weapons by Syria’s government against gunmen would prompt an immediate military response.

Syria has reiterated that it would never use such weapons in its fight against the armed opposition.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

Source: Press TV

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