Skip to comments.U.S. Puts Jets in Jordan, Fuels Russian Fear of Syria No-Fly Zone
Posted on 06/15/2013 6:27:18 PM PDT by kristinn
The United States said on Saturday it would keep F-16 fighters and Patriot missiles in Jordan at Amman's request, and Russia bristled at the possibility they could be used to enforce a no-fly zone inside Syria.
Washington, which has long called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down, pledged military support to Syrian rebels this week, citing what it said was the Syrian military's use of chemical weapons - an allegation Damascus has denied.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a Jordanian request for American F-16s and Patriot missiles to remain in the Western-backed kingdom after a joint military exercise there next week, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Western diplomats said on Friday Washington was considering a limited no-fly zone over parts of Syria, but the White House noted later that it would be far harder and costlier to set one up there than it was in Libya, saying the United States had no national interest in pursuing that option.
Russia, an ally of Damascus and fierce opponent of outside military intervention in Syria, said any attempt to impose a no-fly zone using F-16s and Patriots from Jordan would be illegal.
"You don't have to be a great expert to understand that this will violate international law," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
The idea of a no-fly zone was endorsed by Egypt, the biggest Arab nation. President Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist more distant from Washington than his deposed military predecessor, made a keynote speech in Cairo throwing Egypt's substantial weight more firmly than before against President Bashar al-Assad.
Despite their differences, the United States and Russia announced in May they would try to convene peace talks involving the Syrian government and its opponents, but have set no date.
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Wheres the consensus for this action? Does anyone care?
The consensus is that Obama is demonically insane.
The United States is a monarchy now. Kings do not require “consensus” for their actions.
This is no moral reason for our involvement here. None.
Oh, I forgot! That's Obamaville on a good day!
Great, some hotshot Falcon driver puts a sidewinder into an Anotov delivering condensed milk and borscht and we’re all transported back 50 years when Patton tanks and T54s faced off at Checkpoint Charley. I’m not really into this nostalgia thing.
I think Russia is going to smack Obama back for this
U.S. Military Plan to Arm Rebels Includes No-Fly Zone in Syria
Wall Street Journal
Posted on 06/13/2013 2:14:50 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
White House: No Plans for No-Fly Zone Over Syria
Arutz Sheva | 15/6/13 | Elad Benari
Posted on 06/15/2013 2:59:30 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
The Independent on Sunday has learned that a military decision has been taken in Iran even before last weeks presidential election to send a first contingent of 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assads forces against the largely Sunni rebellion
This isn’t going to end well.
Meanwhile, here in Pittsburgh, it’s gay pride weekend & that has the attention of our citizens & local media. No mention of this pending crisis, and I’d bet the majority of revelers on the street wouldn’t have the first clue.
We are so hopelessly disoriented as a country.
Several members of the EU have wanted to jump in but have hesitated because of Russia.
Wouldnt be funny if Putin brought forth obamas real history for all to see you think he don’t have he does
That would be good, but our media would never allow it to be reported as real news and will say its lies.
The Muslim Brotherhood gives it two thumbs up.
Obama seems to like it.
What is it about NATO and its irrational impulse to facilitate the spread of Islam?
Obama said the USA will not be enforcing a NO FLY ZONE in Syria.
That means it is already in progress.
Just like when he said our military was not in Libya.
(No they weren't really IN Libya - they were over it in fighter/attack aircraft)
I have more faith in the foreign media than our own as of late