UK Daily Mail
September 5, 2013
Securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles and the facilities
that produced them would likely require the U.S. to send more than
75,000 ground troops into the Middle Eastern country, MailOnline learned
That estimate comes from a secret memorandum the U.S. Department of Defense prepared for President Obama in early 2012.
U.S. Central Command arrived at the figure of 75,000 ground
troops as part of a written series of military options for dealing with
Bashar al-Assad more than 18 months ago, long before the U.S. confirmed
internally that the Syrian dictator was using the weapons against rebel
factions within his borders.
‘The report exists, and it was prepared at the request of the
National Security Advisor’s staff,’ a Department of Defense official
with knowledge of the inquiry told MailOnline Wednesday on condition of
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