Hagel back from Asia trip amid Syria preparations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has returned to Washington to continue preparations for a possible military strike on Syria after a weeklong Asia tour.

Hagel arrived Friday evening on a military flight from the Philippines during which he spoke by telephone with his counterparts in France and Israel.

Hagel did not comment to reporters during his return flight. He said earlier Friday in Manila that the Obama administration is still building an international coalition for action against Syria.

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