White House: Syria no-fly zone would be costly, difficult

By REUTERS
June 14, 2013 21:01

 
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WASHINGTON - The White House said on Friday it would be dramatically more difficult and costly to set up a no-fly zone over Syria than it was in Libya, stressing that the United States does not have a national interest in pursuing that option.

"We feel like the best course of action is to try to strengthen a moderate opposition," Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told a news briefing.

He said the United States did not want to send US troops - or "boots on the ground" - to Syria and said enforcing a no-fly zone over the country could require intense, open-ended US military engagement.

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