Military options and international armed forces for missile - air strikes against Syria 2808131
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|Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:59 AM|
|Military options and international armed forces for missile - air strikes against Syria.|
The United States military has provided Barack Obama with a range of military options for launching an attack on Syria and is "ready to go" with an offensive, the US defence secretary has said.
USS Florida launches a Tomahawk cruise missile during Giant Shadow in the waters off the coast of the Bahamas. (Archive image)
US defence officials recently said a destroyer armed with cruise missiles – one of four warships in the region – has been stationed in the eastern Mediterranean sea. Military transporters have also been spotted at Britain's Akrotiri airbase on Cyprus, less than 100 miles from the Syrian coast.
Reports from the region suggest the US is gearing up for a swift military action, possibly as soon as Thursday, in a punitive show of force against President Bashar al-Assad. Syria has denied its forces were responsible for a chemical attack in a suburb of Damascus, which is believed to have killed hundreds.