Obama Administration Meeting Friday To Discuss War Plans For Syria

An aircraft lands after missions targeting the ISIS in Iraq from the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. For weapons manufacturers, the nonstop pace of airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria, as well as Saudi-led bombing of Yemen’s Shiite rebels and their allies, means billions of dollars more in sales.

An aircraft lands after missions targeting the ISIS in Iraq from the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf.

While US officials have been talking up the idea of overtly attacking the Syrian military for months, and many have been loudly advocating picking a fight with both Syria and Russia since the last 7-day ceasefire ended, there had been no visibility on when such a decision would be made.

Now it looks like Friday’s the day, with President Obama and his top advisers planning a meeting to discuss the “military options” against Syria, which begins with attacking Syrian military bases and munitions depots, and would almost certainly lead to casualties among Russian troops embedded on those bases.

Russia has anticipated the possibility of US attacks, and has deployed the S-300 anti-aircraft defensive system into the country, which would allow them to shoot down US warplanes if they start attacking sites with Russian troops presence. Despite US officials saying they are well aware of this fact, they insist they won’t be deterred on the matter.

Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia. The Russian military said Tuesday it had deployed the S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria to protect a Russian navy facility in the Syrian port of Tartus and Russian navy ships in the area.

Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia. The Russian military has deployed the S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria to protect a Russian navy facility in the Syrian port of Tartus and Russian navy ships in the area.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also indicated Britain was consideringattacking Syrian forces, despite parliament having already voted in 2013 explicitly to bar them from doing so. Johnson did, however, insist that such attacks would only happen as part of a coalition with the United States, and were not likely to happen soon.

Previous reports on the possibility of the US launching a war against Syria, and by extension Russia, have centered heavily on the idea that President Obama is somewhat averse to starting such a huge war just three months before his final term in office ends. Much of his cabinet, however, appears to disagree.

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