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Syria Threatens Air Force Suicide Attacks

August 26, 2013

Around 10 Syrian air force pilots are reportedly willing to carry out Japanese World War II Kamikaze-style suicide attacks on enemy targets in the event of an attack by the United States and its allies.

"We soldiers from this nation, who sacrifice ourselves for its dignity and pride with our souls and our blood, are ready to carry out suicide attacks," the pilots wrote in a letter quoted by the 'Syriasteps' website on Monday.

The website is considered close to Syrian government intelligence services.

"We will conduct these attacks at sea, in the air or on the ground, wherever the enemy forces are located," added the letter, as cited by 'Syriasteps'.

The missive was written by by pilots from the Syrian Martyr Eagles Squadron to the Syrian armed forces general command, 'Syriasteps' said.

Over 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict between rebels and forces loyal to Syria's authoritarian president Bashar al-Assad since it began in March 2011, according to the United Nations.

Western politicians have begun to suggest taking action outside of the UN system since last Wednesday's suspected chemical attacks in the Syrian capital, Damascus, in which hundreds died.

The US says there is little doubt Syrian forces used chemical weapons in the attacks, which reportedly killed more than 300 people in rebel-held areas.

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