The Wall Street Journal: U.S. rallying support from allies for military strike on Syria

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The Trump administration worked Tuesday to rally international support for a possible military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for an alleged chemical-weapons attack, drawing initial backing from France, the U.K. and Saudi Arabia, who vowed a forceful response.

As President Donald Trump and top administration officials conferred with international counterparts, the U.S. and France positioned guided-missile destroyers within firing range of Syria.

The expanding support for a unified response suggested that the U.S. and other nations could carry out a series of strikes more extensive than last year’s U.S. attack on a Syrian airfield. Possible options included salvos aimed at crippling Assad’s chemical-weapons capabilities, while not seeking to push him from power.

The complexity and scope of the military response is sure to pose a challenge for the U.S., which will have to decide whether to target military bases in Syria used by Russian and Iranian forces working with the Syrian military.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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