The Pentagon has set up a special team to prepare for what many U.S. officials believe is the imminent collapse of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, The Washington Examiner has learned.
The Crisis Asset Team will help prepare the U.S. military for whatever role it might take in the conflict that appears to be reaching a decisive moment in which the government could fall apart, officials said.
Signs that the Syrian regime is on the verge of collapsing grew stronger over the weekend as violence escalated in its capital Damascus and more senior Syrian military officials defected and left the country.
“At the Department’s own initiative, and not at the request of the White House, our planning efforts have evolved to account for the deteriorating situation in Syria,” said a Pentagon official with direct knowledge of the efforts underway there to prepare for the fall of Assad. “This is an internal Defense Department effort at this stage.”
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