August 23rd, 2013
04:08 PM ET

Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman

Convicted spy Bradley Manning wants to get hormone therapy in prison. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

RELATED STORY: Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman, be known as Chelsea

Filed under: Bradley Manning
August 23rd, 2013
04:00 PM ET

Official: US military updates options for possible strikes on Syria

By Chris Lawrence
CNN Pentagon Correspondent

The U.S. military has updated options for a forceful intervention in Syria to give President Barack Obama a range of choices should he decide to deepen American involvement in a civil war where new claims surfaced this week about possible chemical weapons use by the regime.

A senior Defense Department official told CNN on Friday that target lists for possible air strikes have been updated. The planning also included updates on the potential use of cruise missiles, which would not require fighter pilots to enter Syrian airspace.

But the official cautioned the steps were taken "to give the president a current and comprehensive range of choices" and that no decisions were made at a national security meeting on Thursday at the White House.

The official said there are certain static targets, like government buildings and military installations, but that forces and equipment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "continue to move" and thus require flexibility in planning.