US forces 'ready to go' on Syria if ordered: Hagel
JERUDONG, Brunei (AFP) - US forces are "ready to go" if called on to strike the Syrian regime, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel told the BBC on Tuesday, saying evidence pointed to its use of chemical weapons.
The comments by Mr Hagel, who is on a tour of South-east Asia, will add to mounting speculation that the United States and European allies are poised to launch an assault on Syria over a deadly chemical weapons attack in its long-running battle against rebels.
The Pentagon chief said forces had been deployed as needed and President Barack Obama had reviewed military options presented by commanders.
"We are prepared. We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfil and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take," he said. "We are ready to go, like that."