US Marine Ship Approaches Syria; Russia Blasts Any “Acts Of Aggression” – Full Syrian Update
by Tyler Durden
While there may have been a verbal attempt by the Obama administration to diffuse Syrian tensions in the aftermath of Thursday’s shocker out of the House of Commons, the action on the ground so far is hardly conciliatory. Or rather water, because a sixth US warship has now anchored in proximity to Syria, joining the recengtly arrived fifth destroyer USS Stout, which joined the warships already “breathing down Assad’s neck.” From AP: Five U.S. Navy destroyers – the USS Gravely, USS Mahan, USS Barry, the USS Stout and USS Ramage – are in the eastern Mediterranean Sea waiting for the order to launch. And the USS San Antonio, an amphibious assault ship has now joined them. The USS San Antonio, which is carrying helicopters and can carry up to 800 Marines, has no cruise missiles, so it is not expected to participate in the attack. Instead, the ship’s long-planned transit across the Mediterranean was interrupted so that it could remain in the area to help if needed. So in addition to a cruise missile based force, the US is now bringing in the marines? The justification that they are there “just in case” seems a little shallow in context.