Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The West Prepares to Strike Syria

The United Kingdom has announced that it will put forward a resolution to the U.N. Security Council condemning Bashar al-Assad's regime for use of deadly chemical weapons over the past week, while seeking authorization of "necessary measures to protect civilians."

This comes in the aftermath of a suspected chemical weapons attack by Assad's regime on rebel held neighborhoods in Damascus that killed anywhere from 500 to 1,500 civilians and has caused international outrage, spurring the United States to deploy additional assets to the Mediterranean Sea and the French President to demand punishment for those responsible.

BBC Graphic of available US/UK assets
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has indicated that the United States is prepared to launch cruise missile strikes when so ordered by President Obama and other reports have the Pentagon readying three days worth of strikes to assault command centers and positions of power within the Assad regime to reduce the chance of chemical weapon usage. 

All of these different aspects could come together at anytime and lead to the largest coordinated Western strike on a disruptive Arab regime since the Libyan conflict two years ago, or even the First Desert Storm over twenty years ago.

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