U.S. Naval Armada Arrives Near Syria
The Syrian quagmire is nearing its final conclusion in the days or weeks ahead. It depends on what President Assad decides to do with the chemical weapons. Sarin gas has been mixed, either loaded or not, into artillery shells or aboard aircraft. Assad states he will not use the weapons on Syrians, but will on the rebels in the Aleppo area because they are gaining and Assad is losing his grip. The crescendo seems to be building now for Assad to make a last ditch attempt to turn the two year war in his favor.
Just arriving off the Syrian coast is a massive US Naval task force consisting of the US Eisenhower aircraft carrier with eight aircraft squadrons (70 aircraft), the USS Iwo Jima amphibious ship with 2500 Marines, 10 frigates and destroyers. The USS Stennis, another carrier, remains nearby in the Persian Gulf. Turkey will soon receive the Patriot missile interceptors to deploy along the border. Assad has 700 missiles to use, should he elect to. But Turkey has said it has a good idea where many are and has hinted that they could take them out before Assad uses them.
The next move will be Syria's Assad. It will be sooner than later something dramatic happens.