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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks Monday in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. forces are now ready to act on any order by President Barack Obama to strike Syria, Hagel said Tuesday. The U.S. Navy has four destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea positioned within range of targets inside Syria, as well as U.S. warplanes in the region, Hagel said in an interview with BBC television during his visit to the southeast Asian nation of Brunei.

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US: Ready to strike Syria if Obama gives order (VIDEO)

U.S. military forces stand ready to strike Syria at once if President Barack Obama gives the order, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday as the United States prepared to declare formally that chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian civil war.

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