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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Laaska News  August 12, 2012

US, Turkey can impose no-fly zone on Syria

US, Turkey cooperate on Syria

The United States and Turkey have agreed to cooperate in dealing with worst-case scenarios in Syria, including a possible chemical weapons attack.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discussed the situation in Syria in Istanbul on Saturday.

After the meeting, Clinton reiterated that the United States and Turkey will work together to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

She said the 2 countries will set up a working group consisting of intelligence and military officials from both sides to prepare for contingencies such as the use of chemical weapons by government forces.

The 2 leaders also agreed to boost assistance for refugees, who have been pouring across the border into Turkey.

Clinton responded cautiously to a question about imposing a no-fly zone. She said it’s a possibility but it needs intense analysis and operational planning.

The United States and some Western and Persian Gulf countries are stepping up moves to oust the Assad government as international efforts have failed to produce tangible results in resolving the Syrian conflict.

Aug. 11, 2012

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US, Turkey can impose no-fly zone on Syria

By VOR

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are considering implementing no-fly zones for Syria after holding Saturday talks in Istanbul.
According to Reuters, Clinton said that Ankara and Washington need to plan ways to assist the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad – including possibly implementing a no-fly zone.

During an interview with reporters, Clinton indicated the no-fly zone was a possible option, but said the issue needed “greater in-depth analysis.”

It wouldn’t be the first time the US used its power to aid opposition forces. The same tactic was used to help Libyan rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi last year.

Until now, the US has been reluctant to take on a military role in Syria. But if the Libyan situation repeats itself, US military intervention could be a real possibility in the near future – only serving to escalate Syria’s 17-month-old conflict.

During the meeting, Clinton also said a working group will be set up in Turkey to respond to the Syrian crisis, according to AP.

The group would increase the involvement of the intelligence services and militaries of both the US and Turkey.

“We have been closely coordinating over the course of this conflict, but now we need to get into the real details of such operational planning. It needs to be across both of our governments,” Clinton said.

Clinton is also scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul – both of whom support the Syrian opposition movement.

The US is aiming to lay groundwork for democratic transition in Syria.

The meeting comes as reports of violence were taking place in Damascus.

Aug 11, 2012

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