U.S. weighs no-fly zone, ground forces among options to topple Assad regime


japantimes.co.jp
April 27, 2013

U.S. commanders have laid out a range of possible options for military involvement in Syria, but they have made it clear that any action will likely be either with NATO backing or with a coalition of nations similar to the NATO-led overthrow of Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

The White House announced Thursday that intelligence officials have concluded that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has twice used sarin gas on its own people. But even though U.S. President Barack Obama has called that a “red line” for taking some kind of further action to assist the rebels, administration officials said Thursday that the intelligence wasn’t solid enough to warrant such a move.

On Thursday, U.S. officials said there has been no new movement of U.S. military assets to the region.

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