WAR FORCES GATHER
Four thousand, two hundred soldiers and sailors--more than two thousand of them Marines--left San Diego for the Syria theater yesterday.
link to coronado.patch.com
They are in an "amphibious assault group" centered on the vast "helicopter carrier" USS Boxer. More than a dozen ships are sailing together. The battle group is designed to be able to throw an army onto a shoreline and support it with air power. They join other aircraft carriers and warships in the Iran/Syria/Lebanon theater, including a thousand Marines now in Jordan.
ROBOT ROCKET BOMBS AT THE READY
"The USS Ramage arrived to replace the USS Mahan, but the Mahan is going to stay around a bit longer, so temporarily there will be four. The USS Gravelly and USS Barry remain. These ships are all equipped with the Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, a long-range subsonic cruise missile used to attack land targets."
Last I checked, most US citizens opposed broadening the US wars to include Syria. That makes us the enemy, I suppose....
(Boxer image from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Boxer_%28LHD-4%29 )