Washington has asked Greece for permission to use its military bases in Kalamata and Souda for a possible strike on Syria over the alleged use of toxic gas in Ghouta on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, The National Herald website reports today (August 27, 2013).
The two bases in Peloponnesus -- the large southern peninsula of Greece -- and on the Greek island of Crete would be used by the American air force and navy. The U.S. is expected to bomb Syria this week. U.S. intelligence data clearly indicates that Assad's government was responsible for the chemicals used last week that killed hundreds of Syrians, despite Assad's denial.
The Greek government has given the green light but stated that it will not take part in any direct military action in Syria for fear of reprisals.
Also, a buildup of warplanes and military transporters has been reported at the British airbase in Akrotiri on the predominantly Greek-populated island of Cyprus, which is less than 100 miles from Syria.