Troops backed by warplanes and fighter jets have been mobilized along the Jordan-Syria border, a report says.
According to the Lebanese news portal Naharnet, Sky News Arabia quoted a high-ranking official as saying on Wednesday that special military forces were positioned on the border.
“Warplanes and modern anti-missile systems have arrived on the Jordanian border as part of the support offered by the Saudi brothers, in addition to US fighter jets and drones,” the source said, adding that the forces were ready to enter “some sensitive sites” to secure what the report described as chemical weapons stockpiles.
“These forces have been trained in terrains that are similar to Syria’s geography to guarantee that they would reach their targets with the minimum losses possible.”
The high-ranking source also stated that a “buffer zone will be created in southern Syria to accommodate the new numbers of Syrian refugees, and Western and Arab fighter jets have been put on alert at the Jordanian-Syrian border as a precaution against any retaliation by the Syrian regime against Jordanian territory.”
The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.
Meanwhile, Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said the West is seeking to turn Syria into a second Iraq and that the issue of chemical weapons use is only a pretext for war.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the violence.