The United States and its allies are considering an attack against Syria's government. Such an attack is limited only by the people, aircraft, ships, and vehicles available in the area, so when the U.S. Navy moves more ships into the eastern Mediterranean, it starts to look a little like war.
This infographic, by Farwa Rizwan at Al Arabiya English, looks at the military maneuvers already underway. France and the U.S., with Turkish and UK airbases serving as a staging point, are the nations most likely to act against Syria's government. Until yesterday, when this map was published, the United Kingdom looked ready to intervene, but then its Parliament voted against intervention. I've left every reference to British military assets on the map intact here, but it's unlikely now that the UK will play a direct role. All these countries are allies as part of NATO. Here is what they could bring to an intervention:
Runways and Airplanes
It's hard to conduct a bombing campaign without a place for the warplanes to land. France has an aircraft carrier in the western Mediterranean that could be moved closer; there's a shared U.S./Turkish airbase in Turkey; the UK has an air base in Cyprus, about 160 miles away from Syria; France and the U.S. both have bases in the United Arab Emirates; and the U.S also has bases in Qatar and Bahrain. There are also two American aircraft carriers in the region: the USS Nimitz and the USS Harry Truman, both in the Persian Gulf. It takes about 5 days for a carrier to move between the Suez and the Persian Gulf (provdied Egypt doesn't close the canal), but they might not even need to do that. With mid-air refueling, and with permission from Iraq, American fighters could take off from carriers in the Persian gulf and attack Syria.
The map also shows American F-16s and British Typhoon planes. These are strike aircraft, or known in an earlier era as fighter-bombers. They can fight enemies in the air, as well as attack vehicles, buildings, and troops on the ground.
Submarines and Destroyers
America, France, and the UK all have ships in the Mediterranean Sea ready to strike at Syria, if need be, with cruise missiles. Both ships and subs carry cruise missiles, which can hit targets more than 1,000 miles away. You can read more about cruise missiles, and how they work, here.
Also noted on the map are Patriot missiles, which is a bit of an odd choice. Patriot missiles are anti-ballistic, fired to intercept incoming enemy missiles. Syria has some long range ballistic missiles and last summer threatened to use them against foreign intervention.
Riddle me this: What chemical or chemicals we're used as weapons in Syria?
That's all I want to know.
Before anyone supports military action against Syria I think we should know what type of Chemical Weapon was used. Simple as that.
"Sarin gas" was used as a weapon against Syria.
Now you have all you need to know.
I may be being incredibly stupid but where is Israel on this map??
As horrifying as the Sarin gas attack was on Damascus, I think we need to stay out of there. You can't help the rebels by launching a few cruise missiles, but you can definitely cause a whirlwind of unfortunate events that could spill over into what will be referred to as "World War 3". Even if there is a remote chance the missiles have any effect you're still supporting a rebellion that would eventually turn on the United States. I truly respect the people of Syria and the opposition against Assad, but they have made some horrible allies that would turn on us in a heart beat. They already hate the West for taking so long to help them. Al Qaeda despite their losses in Syria will only gain power from us intervening or even from us staying out of it. No matter what we lose and they win. That map needs to be updated. British Parliament voted not to intervene militarily which means only the US would lead the way on this one. I understand why Obama wants to strike them but the consequences and the benefits are not worth the risk. I feel horrible for the people of Syria but this is a problem that will have to play itself out.
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Hey, remember all those "Ready, Set, Strike!" articles put out by liberal, left-leaning Popular Science back when Bush was ready to invade Iraq because Saddam Hussein had murdered over 200,000 of his fellow countrymen?
Yeah, me neither.
- Republican in the White House = war is bad and evil and immoral
- Democrat in the White House = war is noble and just and for a good cause
Funny how that is.
Dr Mercury - Go back and look around pages 1670-1700 and you'll find a ton of articles on tech "Live from Baghdad", whether vaccine pills for chemical weapons are safe for soldiers, lots of articles on unmanned aerial, ground and underwater vehicles, why it's so difficult to detect whether certain labs are bio-terror labs or any other lab, etc etc etc..... Give me a single quote from this article that's biased toward or against action in Syria, or says anything about the white house at all or the party of the person occupying it and I'll take back calling you a political HACK who should keep his jerk-off, unrelated, biased comments to him or her self. Go peddle your bullsh!t elsewhere. /VOTEBAN
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If the USA responds to Syria, this will be Equal when we responded to Korea and indirectly fought China and with Syria indirectly we will be at war with Russia.
If the United Nations does not support military responding to Syria, then we should stay out of it and allow Syria to "F##K" itself. Then what will follow is more use of gasses will be used in Middle East, because of this example and they can all wipe themselves off the map, since they have been tribal warring for thousands of years anyways.
Bu-bye tribal Middle East, bu-bye!
Hey,they should hit it with missiles.
Waiting for a mushroom(explosive)cloud.
Now I haven't taken a great interest in the war in Syria, however what I do know and as reported by the NYT, there is no secular force fighting Assad. In fact the US is backing Al Qaeda, Sunni muslims to overthrow a Shiite regime. You know our friends who slaughter Christians and other minorities and cut out their hearts and eat them. Meanwhile I understand that Christians themselves would prefer to live under Assad's rule. I'm an atheist but I know we'd be treated no differently than the Christians are by the muslims. So it seems to me that we ought to be help Assad, not Al Qaeda. At the end of the day I'd like to see Islam eradicated, since it's far worse than Nazism. But in this particular conflagration, I think we're backing the wrong people.