United States considering military options in Syria as rebels plead for arms and no-fly zones 100212
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|Friday, February 10, 2012, 08:40 AM|
|United States considering military options in Syria as rebels plead for arms and no-fly zones.|
The United States and its allies are studying the possibility of giving military aid to the Syrian rebels after Russia and China vetoed a UN peace plan to end President Assad’s brutal crackdown. A United States official told The Times that the Pentagon had drawn up contingency plans for possible action in support of the opposition. Options could include arming the rebels and the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to protect civilians.
Free Syrian army fighters use civilian cars converted into fighting vehicle as in Libya conflict.
US officials said they were “scoping out" military options but insisted that the plans were as yet “academic". A Whitehall source said that the British military was “monitoring and assessing" the situation in Syria, but had not gone so far as specific contingency planning. “That requirement will be decided by the political situation."