Navy ships stay ready to strike Syria, but budget cuts threaten future similar operations

  • Article by: LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 11, 2013 - 12:50 PM

WASHINGTON — American warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea remain ready to strike Syria if ordered, but impending cuts in the defense budget will make that kind of operation far more difficult in the years to come, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Wednesday.

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