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U.S. military not tasked with changing momentum in Syrian conflict: Dempsey

General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presents the administration's case for U.S. military action against Syria
General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presents the administration's case for U.S. military action against Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer told Congress on Tuesday that he had not been asked to change the momentum in the Syrian conflict, but instead develop options to degrade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military capabilities.

"I have never been told to change the momentum. I have been told to degrade capability," Dempsey told a Senate hearing.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart)

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