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Powell opposes US military intervention in Syria

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June 13, 2012 08:17 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he's against any direct U.S. military involvement in violence-ravaged Syria.

Powell calls the killings tragic, but says there's little the United States can do to stop it.

Powell tells CBS "This Morning" he thinks "it is really a civil war."

But the retired Army general says "I don't know that there is much the United States can do except work with the international community."

He says, "The question always comes down to, is someone going to intervene. I don't think we can do this. ... I don't sense any energy to do that."

Powell also says "there are lots of countries that are having these kinds of internal civil wars in other parts of the world and nobody is talking about intervening."