The US is ready to launch military action in Syria "within days" if President Assad mobilises chemical weapons to use against rebel forces, The Times reports (£).
A US official told the newspaper: "It won’t require major movement to make action happen. The muscle is already there to be flexed.
“It’s premature to say what could happen if a decision is made to intervene. That hasn’t taken shape, we’ve not reached that kind of decision. There are a lot of options, but it [military action] could be launched rapidly, within days.”
General Richard Myers has told ITV News that the real threat in Syria is from Islamist groups using chemical weapons - not President Assad.
NATO agrees to deploys Patriot missiles along the Syria/Turkey border but denies claims that it is taking an active role in the conflict.