US will initiate missile strikes on Syria 'as early as Thursday' to 'send a message'

Quoting unnamed officials within the Obama administration, NBC reports that a military assault against Syria could be launched “as early as Thursday.” The US is organizing an "international response" to the suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against civilians.

The “three days” of strikes would be limited in scope, and aimed at sending a message to Syria's President Bashar Assad rather than degrading his military capabilities, U.S. officials told NBC News. News on the possible timescale for military action followed another round of telephone diplomacy by President Barack Obama and his administration.

Military strikes on Syria 'as early as Thursday,' US officials say [NBC News].