Clinton says there could be civil war in Syria

By REUTERS
November 19, 2011 02:26

 
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WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday Syria could slide into civil war but she did not foresee the the global community intervening in the same way it did in Libya.

"I think there could be a civil war with a very determined and well-armed and eventually well-financed opposition that is, if not directed by, certainly influenced by defectors from the army," Clinton told NBC news in an interview in Indonesia, where she was attending a regional summit.

"We're already seeing that, something that we hate to see because we are in favor of a peaceful protest and a nonviolent opposition," she said.

Clinton said, however, that she saw no prospect for the kind of coordinated international intervention that occurred in Libya, where a NATO-led coalition won a UN mandate to mount air strikes in support of rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi.

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