With revelations that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons on rebels in the country's ongoing civil war, there has been a heated debate in the U.S. as to what the appropriate response from the international community should be. President Barack Obama has long said that chemical weapons would be the so-called "red line," to signal the country's involvement, but now that the line has been crossed, the picture has become less clear.

Variety of options on the table
Obama has not made a decision yet, but analysts say it's very unlikely that there would be American troops sent into Syria to intervene, Military Times reported. There are currently about 200 soldiers stationed in Jordan and 400 soldiers in Turkey to make sure the violence does not spread over the borders. Instead, the most likely option seems to be a remote air strike on the Syrian government as a punishment for using chemical weapons rather than as an effort to change the tide of the bloody conflict. Many experts anticipate the firing of Tomahawk missiles at strategic Syrian targets. However, that's only one part of the response because the U.S. may also partner with Jordan in a humanitarian effort.

"In many ways, the Jordanians have been inundated with refugees coming from Syria," Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard told reporters. "The Jordanians have set up a number of refugee camps, and some of those camps are overflowing. That can cause some instability, so we're there to help and coordinate as much as we possibly can."

International community debates
As the discussion wears on in the U.S., other countries are also mulling a potential response to Syria's actions, and the debate has been particularly heated in the U.K. The British Joint Intelligence Organisation has concluded that it is highly likely the Syrian government is behind last week's chemical attack, and the use of force against Syria would be justifiable on humanitarian grounds, CNN reported.

France is also among the countries to publicly denounce the attacks. Earlier this week, the French military announced that it was ready to send troops into Syria should the country's president Francois Hollande order them to do so, according to The Associated Press. However, he has not made any announcements yet.