- 08.27.13 12:54 PM EDT
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Tuesday that troops are prepared to act on any order by President Obama regarding the inflamed situation in Syria. U.S. forces are positioned in the Mediterranean Sea as well as in targeted warplanes in the region awaiting word from the Commander-in-Chief.
"We are prepared. We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfill and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take," Hagel said.
Weapons inspectors from the United Nations were granted the right to visit the scene of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria last week that killed hundreds.
According to reports from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the six-car convoy was "deliberately fired upon" on its way through Damascus, the Syrian capital, and forced to backtrack. Syrian officials blamed the attacks on the rebel forces fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons is "undeniable" and inexcusable.