Press Trust of India | Washington September 5, 2013 Last Updated at 21:56 IST
Anticipating a military strike against Syria, the Pentagon has deployed a series of naval assets, including four destroyers and one amphibious ship in the Middle East, to accomplish a “robust and agile” attack.
The deployment came after US President Barack Obama last week announced his decision to go for a military strike against Syria to hold the Assad regime accountable for allegedly using chemical weapons that killed more than 1,400 people. Obama is seeking authorisation from the Congress, which has begun deliberations on the issue and is expected to vote on it early next week.
A Pentagon official said that four destroyers and one amphibious ship remain in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The preparations for the military strike is mainly restricted to moving warships towards the region, he said.
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- US and Allied Warships off the Syrian Coastline: Naval Deployment Was Decided “Before” the August 21 Chemical Weapons Attack (syrianfreepress.wordpress.com)
- Forces were ready to strike Syria, surprised by Obama decision (security.blogs.cnn.com)