The Syrian civil war has dominated headlines in the last week. Troops loyal to the Syrian regime are suspected of gassing Syrian civilians. After, President Trump began a string of tweets that talked about military retaliation. Now, a task force of 12 U.S. ships are sailing to the area in what is an epic display of U.S. naval power.
“The giant nuclear powered USS Harry S Truman, carrying 90 aircraft and escorted by its five-strong strike group of destroyers and cruisers, is powering towards Europe and the Middle East,” the Daily Mail writes. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut is with the Truman.
Four destroyers are already patrolling the Mediterranean. The Donald Cook, Porter, Carney and Laboon are known to be in the region, and the Georgia and John Warner, two nuclear powered subs, are supporting the mission.
The U.S. and its allies in the region have bombed the Syrian regime before in response to chemical weapons attacks. This specific instance, though, has ushered in a war of words first. Russia has vowed to shoot down any U.S. missiles launched at Syria. They have also vowed to take out the sources of those missiles.
And recent troop movements have made it more complicated for the U.S. to strike Syrian troops without the risk of also striking Russians.
“Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has reportedly moved his military assets to Russian bases in the country in the hope that the US and its allies would be reluctant to launch strikes anywhere near Vladimir Putin’s forces.”
The 12 ships include the USS Harry S Truman, the USS Bulkeley, the USS Arleigh Burke, the USS Forrest Sherman, , the USS Georgia, the USS John Warner, the Donald Cook, the USS Porter, the USS Carney, the USS Laboon, the USS Farragut, and the USS Normandy.
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
So when will the attack, promised via tweet by President Trump, actually happen? Despite the dire warnings that the attack was iminent, Trump has now backed down a bit.
Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our “Thank you America?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
“No final decision has been made,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “We are continuing to asses intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies.”
“It’s too bad that the world puts us in a position like that,” Trump said earlier, “but as I said this morning we’ve done a great job with ISIS. We have just absolutely decimated ISIS. But now we have to make some further decisions, so they’ll be made fairly soon.”