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U.S. President Barack Obama is set to discuss further U.S. action in Syria with his senior foreign policy advisers at the National Security Council (NSC) on Friday. U.S. officials say military options are to be mulled over, among other possibilities.
One scenario to be discussed involves direct US military action in Syria, including airstrikes on Syrian military, radar and anti-aircraft bases, as well as arms depots, Reuters reports citing high-ranking US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Another scenario to be considered is allowing coalition forces to provide the US-backed ‘moderate Syrian opposition’ with advanced ammunition and weaponry.
The CIA is reportedly planning a “clandestine” cyberattack on Russia, in retaliation for its alleged efforts to influence the US elections against Hillary Clinton. The “wide-ranging operation” is meant to “embarrass” Russia’s leadership, NBC News reported.
“Current and former officials,” who the report claims have direct knowledge of the situation, say the CIA has been tasked with providing options to the White House.
Sources tell the channel that US intelligence has started preparations for the operation and has even obtained “reams of documents” to target Russian President Vladimir Putin and his “unsavory tactics.”
Earlier this week, the White House said President Barack Obama was weighing a “proportional response” to Moscow… … …
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