The US may be on the verge of striking Syria - here's a look at its firepower in the region


US Navy aircraft carrier

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released

F/A-18 Hornets demonstrate air power over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).


The White House announced on Monday night that US intelligence services had spotted the Syrian regime potentially preparing for another chemical weapons attack.

"As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price," read the statement.

With the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier and its accompanying strike group in the Mediterranean, US Air Force presences in Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey, as well as forces on the ground, the US has a multitude of options for carrying out a strike in Syria, despite a heavy Russian presence and advanced missile defenses.

In the slides below, take a look at the US's firepower in the region.