Current power balances in Syria
After the chemical attack by the Russia and Iran backed Assad regime on Douma in Eastern Ghouta on the 7th of April 2018, 40 civilians have lost their lives and hundreds have been affected. Western countries, and the US in particular, branded the use of these chemical weapons as a red line that should not be crossed, and they responded harshly to the Assad regime. These countries made clear that all options are on the table, including military intervention. While the issue has been carried to the United Nations Security Council, the draft resolution put forward by the US has been vetoed by Russia, while the resolution drafted by the Russians was vetoed by the US, resulting in a deadlock. As a result, the US, the UK and France have shared with the press that they are in intense negotiations, all options are on the table and that includes military intervention.
Before the expected military strikes against the Russia and Iran backed Assad regime; Turkish, Iranian, Russian, French and American military bases, airfields, mobile stations, observation posts and warships in Syria, neighboring countries and the Eastern Mediterranean are shown with details on the map below.