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Trump, May face uneasy military choices

Both leaders must weigh risks involved in ordering military operation in Syria

Had President Donald Trump ordered it, the United States military could have struck hard at targets in Syria almost instantly after news emerged of a suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

But preparations for the punitive military operation have taken almost a week, partly because Washington was keen to forge a broader coalition for such action.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2018, with the headline 'Trump, May face uneasy military choices'. Print Edition | Subscribe