"Cruise missiles could start flying towards Damascus within a week ..."
War clouds in the Eastern Mediterranean just became darker as the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced Her Majesty's warships very well could be joining in with their American allies in a concerted strike against the Syrian military forces loyal to President Bashir al-Assad, as reported by London's The Telegraph on Aug. 26, 2013.
In the wake of both the Western media and governments blaming the Assad family dynasty for a recent chemical weapons attack on civilians, it was earlier reported by the German news service Deutsche Welle that United Nations inspectors on-scene have determined that sarin gas had indeed been used, but have no evidence if it was government troops or the al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-allied rebels that launched the attack against the hapless civilians.
The Telegraph gave the dire warning that if the British and Americans naval forces attack the Assad regime under a joint command, the cruise missiles could start flying towards Damascus within a week.
The MoD cryptically only released to the British people that "a number of warships recently left Britain for exercises in the Mediterranean."
A Royal Navy (RN) currently has a Naval Rapid Reaction Force on station in the Eastern Mediterranean centered around the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious along with two frigates and a yet to be identified nuclear-powered Trafalgar class submarine.
The RN's Trafalgar subs have the deadly accurate Raytheon Tomahawk Block IV land-attack cruise missiles as standard weaponry.
As reported today by the government-ran Voice of America, each destroyer has the capability of unleashing a maximum of 100 cruise missiles each against any given target.
Also in the area is the massive USS Harry S. Truman Battle Group in the Red Sea. The Pentagon has yet to release to the public if the Truman Battle Group is steaming back to the Mediterranean or towards the Arabian Sea.