Thousands Of US Troops Arrive Near Syrian Shore
The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention.
While the Obama administration has not announced any sort of American-led military intervention in the war-torn country, the US is now ready to launch such action â€świthin daysâ€ť if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Times reports.
Some have suggested that the Assad regime may use chemical weapons against the opposition fighters in the coming days or weeks.
â€śThe protection from NATO will be three dimensional; one is the short-range Patriots, the second is the middle-range Terminal High Altitude Air Defense [THAD] system and the last is the AEGIS system, which counters missiles that can reach outside the atmosphere,â€ť Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
DEBKAfileâ€™s anonymous military sources claim the THAD and Aegis arrived at the Syrian coast aboard the USS Eisenhower.
â€śThe United States now stands ready for direct military intervention in the Syrian conflict when the weather permits,â€ť the news source wrote.