Panetta: No military action in Syria without UN OK

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he does not see the U.S. taking military action in Syria without the backing of a U.N. Security Council resolution - something that so far appears unlikely because of opposition from Russia.

Panetta says his greatest responsibility is to make sure that if U.S. troops are deployed in any military role that America has the support it needs from the international community.

His comments Thursday came a day after Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, suggested that some type of military intervention may be the only remaining option because diplomatic efforts have failed to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

Panetta told reporters traveling with him to Singapore on Thursday that the Pentagon is planning for "any contingency."

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