WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Monday deplored what it saw as an increasing use of air power by Syrian President Bashar Assad's government against rebels, but stopped short of suggesting a move toward any additional steps like a no-fly zone.
The comments came just days after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States and Turkey were looking at all measures to help Syrian rebels overthrow Assad, including establishing a no-fly zone.
Asked about the use of Syrian air power at a briefing with reporters, Pentagon spokesman George Little said: "We've seen a very troubling and despicable uptick in attacks from the air, perpetrated by the Syrian regime."
"This is yet another example of their depraved behavior. This needs to stop as does the violence they continue to pursue against their own people," Little said.