Trump ponders military response to Syria chemical attack
April 11, 2018 -- The U.S. is building a multi-nation strike force against Syria to respond to an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held town near Damascus. Russia has urged America to avoid taking military action.
UU.S. firepower includes two destroyers and a possible submarine in eastern Mediterranean, aircraft - including F-22 stealth jets are based in Qatar, Jordan and Turkey, and about 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria. The USS Harry S Truman carrier strike force is also en route rom the U.S. east coast.
France has a missile-armed frigate in the Mediterranean and Rafale jets in UAE and Jordan. The UK has Typhoon and Tornado strike aircraft at Akrotiri and Cyprus.
The Russian presence in Syria includes 4,000-5,000 personnel. The range of the Russian air defence missiles is shown on the graphic.