Syria Prepares for U.S. Strike, While America Waits on Congress to Vote Next Week

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is preparing for a U.S. military strike that may never come, all the while America waits for Congress to reconvene next week to vote on the matter.

Assad’s regime has told residents in the capital of Damascus to evacuate areas near military bases, which they suspect will be targeted in a US attack.

Soldiers were reportedly sent to abandoned housing in the residential neighborhoods of Damascus, including Kfar Sousseh, Malki and Mezze. Many apartments in the area have been vacant since the two-year conflict began.

A Syrian official told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday that Hezbollah and Syria are prepared to retaliate on five US destroyers and an amphibious ships in the Mediterranean, according to Newser.

President Barack Obama announced last weekend that he plans to seek congressional authorization before launching an attack on Syria after 1,400 people, including women and children, were the victims of a chemical weapons attack in Damascus.

Residents in Mouadhamiyat al-Qalamoun, north of Damascus, said the military told them to move out on Sunday because a nearby base would likely become a US target.

The regime also accusing the U.S. of using psychological warfare, according to the Wall Street Journal. They told Syrians to beware "rumors about the escape of important people from the country" and "videos of people impersonating Syrian officials.”

Regime supporters, camped out in tents in areas they think could be targeted by the US, in a campaign they’re calling “over our dead bodies.”

"We are not scared and we promise them that we will retaliate," said 20-year-old university student Ali Habib, who camped on Mount Qassioun, which overlooks Damascus. "We will abandon our universities and head to war and confrontation."

US armed forces continue to standy by in the Mediterranean armed with cruise missiles and several hundred Marines on board.

Sources: Newser, Wall Street Journal