Slobodan Lekic
August 27, 2013

A meeting of top military officials from 10 regional and Western nations, including Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrapped up Tuesday as the Obama administration appeared to be preparing for military action in Syria amid claims that government forces used banned chemical weapons.

Jordan’s semi-official Petra news agency said the conference was held at the invitation of Jordan’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Mishaal Zaben, and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command.

Jordanian officials and foreign diplomats refused to comment on the meeting, beyond saying it was focused on the escalating crisis in Syria and aimed at coordinating security responses across the region. The State Department said it was not related to the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus.

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