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NEW YORK – While President Obama seemingly punted the Syria question to Congress, Damascus is not leaving anything to chance, still preparing for the possibility of an immediate attack from the U.S., according to informed Middle Eastern security officials speaking to WND.

Further, the officials said a Russian intelligence warning delivered to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recommended the Syrian leader keep his forces on its highest alert.

The officials also stated Turkey and Jordan are still on their highest alerts, as well, and that Saudi Arabia continued to move tanks toward Jordan to deal with fallout from any U.S. strike.

WND reported on the Saudi tank movements last week, quoting security officials stating there is specific intelligence indicating that aside from possible retaliation against Israel, the Kingdom of Jordan could also be attacked with Syrian missiles in a Western military campaign targeting Assad’s regime.

WND also reported Iranian and North Korean experts were directing an operations room for the Syrian army ahead of a possible showdown with Western powers.

Obama announced Saturday he would seek Congressional authorization for a military campaign in Syria, but he refused to answer reporters’ questions about whether he could strike without Congressional approval.

Obama stated, “While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective.”

The president left for a golf outing after his brief press conference.

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