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With the UN hamstrung, President Obama is looking hard at military options in the wake of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The US Navy has sent a fourth warship armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Associated Press reported. The USS Mahan was scheduled to return to its base in Norfolk, Va., but on Friday commander of the US Sixth Fleet extended the tour of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

And CBS News reported Friday that the US was making the initial preparations for a cruise missile attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"The Defense Department has a responsibility to provide the president with options for contingencies, and that requires positioning our forces, positioning our assets, to be able to carry out different options — whatever options the president might choose," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters traveling with him to Asia on Saturday.

The US Navy used Tomahawk cruise missiles in 2011 as part of an international military action that led to the overthrow of the Libyan government. But for a variety of reasons, Libya isn't a likely model for international intervention in Syria.


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