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article imageA map of 35 places in Syria the U.S. might strike with cruise missiles

By David Silverberg     Aug 27, 2013 in World
Foreign Policy Magazine created a map showing suspected locations of Syrian government chemical weapons sites combined with the locations of Syrian air bases. These sites are the suspected targets of U.S. cruise missile strikes.
American forces are "ready" to launch strikes on Syria if President Barack Obama chooses to order an attack, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says, according to BBC News. In light of America's tough stance on Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons, the world is buzzing with news the U.S. might soon strike Syria with cruise missiles.
Hagel told BBC News that intelligence currently being gathered by the UN inspectors would confirm that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical attack last week.
"I think it's pretty clear that chemical weapons were used against people in Syria," he said.
With a cruise missile strike estimated to come as early as Thursday, Foreign Policy compiled a detailed map showing where the Syrian government has built reported chemical weapon sites, courtesy the group Nuclear Threat Initiative.
FP explains:
The map shows facilities where chemical weapons are suspected of being made or stored along with the air bases containing the helicopters and jets that could be used to shoot chemical weapons at the rebels or civilians. It also shows Assad's palace in Damascus along with the headquarters of the Syrian military intelligence service, the Syrian military's general staff, the Special Forces Command, and the Republican Guard. (They are marked by flags on the map.)

View Syrian chemical sites and air bases in a larger map
The attacks might not be short-lived. Senior officials told NBC News that Defense Department planning had progressed to the point that three days of strikes were anticipated, after which strategists could run an assessment and target what was missed in further rounds.
U.S. Navy officials said four destroyers are lined up ready to strike: the USS Barry, the USS Mahan, the USS Ramage and the USS Gravely.
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