Syrian rebels call for no-fly zone

Two days after the US and Turkey hinted that they would be willing to set up a no fly zone in Syria to help the rebels, the head of the civilian Syria National Council called for "safe zones" to be established near the Turkish border. Reuters: Abdelbasset Sida, head of the Syrian National Council, said the United States had realised that the absence of a no-fly zone to counter Assad's air superiority hindered rebel movements. He was speaking a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her country and Turkey would study a range of possible measures to help Assad's foes, including a no-fly zone, although she indicated no decisions were necessarily imminent. "It is one thing to talk about all kinds of potential actions, but you cannot make reasoned decisions without doing intense analysis and operational planning," she said after meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul. Though any intervention appears to be a distant prospect, her remarks were...(Read Full Post)