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Official: US Attacks Will Be ‘Larger than Expected’

The air campaign will potentially include an aerial bombardment of missiles and long range bombs fired from B-2 and B-52 bombers.
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft, with the bomb bay doors open.

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft, with the bomb bay doors open.
Photo Credit: Bobbi C. Garcia, Civ.

An American national security official has outlined Washington’s war strategies for Syria, saying the US administration is preparing to use B-2 and B-52 bombers for a potential military strike against that country, ABC News reported on Friday.

According to the report, President Barack Obama’s national security team is preparing for a “significantly larger military attack than most had anticipated.”

The unnamed official told ABC News the military action are likely to do more damage to the Syrian government in a couple of days “than the Syrian rebels have done in nearly two years of civil war.”

That’s a lot of damage, considering the Syrian army has been pushed out of about half the country.

The air campaign which is expected to last at least two days will potentially include an aerial bombardment of missiles and long range bombs fired from B-2 and B-52 bombers flying from the United States, ABC News reported. That attack will be combined with a relentless assault of Tomahawk missiles fired from four Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean.

There are 200 missiles altogether on those ships, and, according to the official, they intend to put most of them to use.

The ABC News report presents a different plan than President Barack Obama’s promise of a “limited attack that will warn Assad against using chemical weapons again.”

At this point, Obama does not appear to have the majority in Congress needed to pass the decision to attack in the House of Representatives, since the majority in both houses finds it difficult to support the Syrian rebels, who are proving to be easily as cruel as the Syrian government.

A different US official told CNN about the long-range bombers delivering a much heavier attack than originally anticipated.

“You can employ stand-off weapons from an aircraft, just as easily as from a ship or submarine. Aerial assets can be used from a distance,” he explained.

Other reports also indicate that the US military has been preparing to employ exceptionally large firepower.

The Wall Street Journal reported that “the revised options under development include the use of Air Force bombers to supplement US destroyers in the Mediterranean.”

The B-2 and B-52 bombers are equipped with joint air-to-surface missiles, designed to destroy both mobile and fixed targets. The missiles’ primary advantage is that they allow pilots to operate outside the lethal range of most hostile air defense systems.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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14 Responses to “Official: US Attacks Will Be ‘Larger than Expected’”

  1. Richard Sandler says:

    I believe so too….

  2. Carolin Knox says:

    Nu?

  3. let the world remember obama the best man ever produced by the western values after changing the economics of financial world.

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    Maybe…but it is starting to look like Elvis sightings.

  5. What a waste of time, money and ordnance…Iran is the target…when a snake bites you, we, go for its head…not the wagging tail…all the time the poison well in Mecca spews its hate for all Jews and Christians.

  6. THIS IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS , SO STAY TO HELL OUT OF THERE, LET THEM KILL THEIR SELVES OFF. OUR GOV. IS TRYING TO TAKE THE FOUCS OFF ITS SELF WITH ALL THE CORRUPTION IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND STARTING A WAR OVER, ISN'T OUR TRUE WAY OF DOING THINGS.

  7. "You'll be sorry. You'll all be very, VERY sorry"
    – Barack H Obama

    (After Putin, Assad and the rest of the class made fun of his latest school yard threats)

  8. Why doesn't Obama just raise the sea and flood Assad's weapons? All that salt water can't be good for metal parts. And if we can figure out a way to smuggle snorkels and flippers to the Syrian rebels (you know like we did with the weapons we gave to the Muslim Brotherhood in Benghazi), then the FSA could swim over and finish off Assad along with any Christians trying to swim for their lives.

  9. I think batter usa not attack syria.

  10. James Johnston Ferguson says:

    America should not attack Syria! but stop all trade! including UK -Europe.

  11. BennyGamal says:

    Please do not invoke the name Elvis to poke humour at this potentially dangerous situation for Israel. 
    You do not realize that the USA could become involved in war in
    Syria (and not at Israel’s or Aipac’s request as commonly reported).
    You see, this has nothing to do with anything other than a nation’s efforts to look relevant and its President seeking a legacy, or attempting to contain a very bad one, and all the while furthering his agenda of turning the middle east into a region of pandemonium and chaos.
    You should also realize, that I met with Elvis a year and half ago.
    Similarly, I am afraid this US strike on Syria will also occur, but not until October (Mar Cheshvan) and will end in Mid-November just before Chaunukah.
    Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.
    Sincerely,
    Benny Gamal,
    Kohein Hashamein (“The Fat Kohein)

  12. Benny Gamal says:

    Please do not invoke the name Elvis to poke humour at this potentially dangerous situation for Israel.

    You do not realize that the USA could become involved in war in.
    Syria (and not at Israel's or Aipac's request as commonly reported).

    You see, this has nothing to do with anything other than a nation's efforts to look relevant and its President seeking a legacy, or attempting to contain a very bad one, and all the while furthering his agenda of turning the middle east into a region of pandemonium and chaos.

    You should also realize, that I met with Elvis a year and half ago.

    Similarly, I am afraid this US strike on Syria will also occur, but not until October (Mar Cheshvan) and will end in Mid-November just before Chaunukah.

    Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.

    Sincerely,

    Benny Gamal,

    Kohein Hashamein ("The Fat Kohein).

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