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CAIRO, August 29. (Itar-Tass) – Syrian Air Force is prepared to use kamikaze pilots in case United States and its allies carry out their plans on attacking Damascus. The Guardian talked with an officer of an anti-aircraft base located in Damascus suburbs, they have already assigned a squadron “kamikaze martyrs,” which consists of thirteen pilots. "If we are unable to shoot down their warplanes with artillery, we have military pilots who are ready to attack these foreign warplanes by their own warplanes and blow them up in the air,” the newspaper quotes the officer.
He added: “We have more than 8,000 suicide martyrs within the Syrian army, ready to carry out martyrdom operations at any moment to stop the Americans and the British. I myself am ready to blow myself up against US aircraft carriers to stop them attacking Syria and its people.”
US and allies are currently considering a military strike against Damascus. Earlier this week NATO council failed to reach a decision on the Syrian operation. At the same time, Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen has openly placed the blame for chemical weapon use on Damascus, - something that NATO has not done before. He said that information available from a variety of sources indicates that it is the Syrian regime who is responsible for the attack, emphasizing that using chemical weapons August 21 in Damascus suburbs is a direct violation of international norms and those responsible for it should be held accountable.