Concern Grows Syrian Regime Will Become Desperate

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta suggests Syria's government could use chemical weapons on civilians.
1:17 | 12/07/12

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We're going to begin with an intensifying and increasingly complex problem for the u.S. What to do about syria's civil war. Battles raging overnight in the suburbs of the capital of damascus, raising concerns that the syrian regime, may resort to desperate measures. Abc's martha raddatz is here with much more this morning. Good morning to you, martha. Reporter: Good morning, josh. What is most striking this morning is the continuing clear concern of u.S. Officials about syria's chemical weapons. The defense secretary, leon panetta, saying there is no question that the syrian regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. That concern, coming from intelligence reports that syrian military has put precursors for the deadly nerve agent sarin in bombs. Although those bombs have not been loaded on to warplanes. Hillary clinton is also urgently working the diplomatic front to try to bring this nearly two-year conflict to an end. But there's more focus on what the u.S. Would do if the if the syrian regime did use chemical weapons on opposition forces. There's no good military option. You don't want to bomb chemical sites. And a ground operation could take 75,000 troops. Josh? Scenarios no one wants to see

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