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Report: US preparing military options in Syria

President Obama has said that the United States is still seeking a diplomatic solution, and White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that getting involved militarily or arming the Syrian opposition is not being considered at this time.

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Several lawmakers, including Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFormer Trump Defense chief Esper to join McCain Institute We need an independent 1/6 commission that the whole country can have confidence in GOP targets Manchin, Sinema, Kelly on Becerra MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Georgia DA investigating Trump taps racketeering expert for probe: report GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill MORE (R-S.C.), said Tuesday they think the United States should start considering whether to arm the rebels against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The United States has hoped that a United Nations resolution would help lead to a political transition in Syria, but the resolution was vetoed over the weekend by China and Russia.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice warned that the veto would embolden Assad’s forces to escalate their crackdown.