U.S. Navy warships are positioned for a strike against Syria using Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. This could cause varying degrees of damage to the Assad regime’s ability to use more chemical weapons or continue operations against the opposition.
The battle for Latakia has demonstrated the unique dynamics of the coastal area for combat between the rebel and regime forces.
Despite significant gains in Homs province, Syrian government forces are struggling against opposition forces on other fronts.
The recent death of a Syrian rebel commander at the hands of an al-Qaeda linked group focused the international spotlight on tensions between moderate and jihadi forces fighting in Syria.
This product is a technical study of the requirements to conduct a limited strike. It is not a recommendation for or against a strike, nor does it evaluate the possible effects of a strike on the regime, the rebels, or various states and non-state actors supporting both sides.