U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey

U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey

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U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey has been publicly urging restraint, saying an attack on Syria could destabilize the region, empower Islamic extremists inside the country and draw retaliation from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against U.S. allies and his own people.