UK general: West must fight Syria's Assad if it wants to topple him

By REUTERS
July 18, 2013 14:29

 
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LONDON - The outgoing head of the British Army said on Thursday the West would need to fight a war against Syrian President Bashar Assad if it wanted to have a "material impact" on his calculations.

In interviews to two British newspapers, General David Richards said there were arguments for and against such a course of action and the British government was still debating its options on Syria.

But if a political decision was made to try to change the tide of the conflict to put pressure on the Syrian government, which has notched up military gains in recent months, Britain would need to intervene in the same way as it did in Libya, he said.

"If you wanted to have the material impact on the Syrian regime's calculations that some people seek, a no-fly zone per se is insufficient," Richards told The Daily Telegraph.

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