Syria Attack

US President Barack Obama has formally asked Congress to authorize military action against Syria Attack over alleged chemical weapons attacks.

He said any operation would be limited, ruling out a ground invasion. Congress is to reconvene on 9 September. This comes after Washington claimed it had evidence that 1,429 people were killed in chemical attacks by the Syrian army on 21 August.

Forces which could be used against Syria:

•    Four US destroyers – USS Gravely, USS Ramage, USS Barry and USS Mahan – are in the eastern Mediterranean, equipped with cruise missiles. The missiles can also be fired from submarines, but the US Navy does not reveal their locations

•    Airbases at Incirlik and Izmir in Turkey, and in Jordan, could be used to carry out strikes

•    Two aircraft carriers – USS Nimitz and USS Harry S Truman are in the wider region

•    French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is currently in Toulon in the western Mediterranean

•    French Rafale and Mirage aircraft can also operate from Al-Dahra airbase from UAE.