The Pentagon has briefed President Trump on various military options the US can conduct in response to the poison gas attack in Syria that killed scores of civilians, and which Washington has blamed on the Syrian government, a U. S. official told Reuters.
Options include things like implementing a “no fly zone” or grounding aircraft used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, an official quoted by Reuters said.
Another option also includes the use of Tomahawk cruise missiles to overwhelm Russian air defense systems used by the Syrian military. The official did not comment on how likely military action might be which, if any, options might be recommended by the Pentagon. According to the Intercept, this would be a ‘saturation strike’ using dozens of cruise missiles designed to hit Syrian military targets -including military air fields – in an effort to limit future Syrian Air Force attacks on rebel positions, according to the two U. S. military officials.
Among the valid military targets in Syria would be Syrian military airfields, air defenses and other types of Syrian military installations. The official played down the idea that Russian military infrastructure might be a target.
What is most troubling, however, is that according to the quoted U. S. military officials, “the current proposal would likely result in Russian military deaths and mark a drastic escalation of U. S. force in Syria.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 6, 2017.