US Aircraft Carrier Arrives Off Syrian Coast
US ‘now ready for direct military confrontation’
Paul Joseph Watson
December 5, 2012
Amidst Turkey getting NATO approval to line up Patriot anti-missile systems on its border and with US officials indicating that the consequence of President Bashar Al-Assad using chemical weapons will be military intervention, the USS Eisenhower has arrived off the coast of Syria to send a clear signal that direct confrontation could be near.
The aircraft carrier, which boasts 8 fighter bomber squadrons and and 8,000 sailors, airmen and Marines, sailed up to the Syrian coast yesterday during bad weather. The Eisenhower is joined by the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group which carries another 2,500 Marines.
“Facing Syria now are 10,000 US fighting men, 70 fighter-bombers and at least 17 warships, including the three Iwo Jima amphibious craft, a guided missile cruiser and 10 destroyers and frigates. Four of these vessels are armed with Aegis missile interceptors,” reports DebkaFile.
Reports of the USS Eisenhower reaching Syria arrive after an unnamed US official stated, “We have (US) special operations forces at the right posture, they don’t have to be sent.” The Australian reported that this suggests, “those troops are already in the region.”