Syria no-fly zones being prepared by the U.S. report says
Media WASHINGTON—The Obama
administration has called on the Pentagon to draw up plans to
impose no-fly zones over Syria, according to Press TV.Two unidentified Obama administration officials told The Daily Beast
in a report published on Tuesday that the White House request was made
just before US Secretary of State John Kerry started his Middle East
tour last week.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were
not authorized to speak to reporters, said that Obama is pursuing a
"dual-track strategy" of making efforts towards a political solution to
the two-year crisis in Syria while simultaneously preparing plans for
"The White House is still in contemplation mode but the planning is
moving forward and it’s more advanced than it’s ever been," said one
All this meant to find a political solution, stated the official,
adding "but what happens if Geneva fails? It’s only prudent to plan for
On Sunday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the
government of President Bashar al-Assad will participate in an
international peace conference on the Syrian crisis that is likely to
take place in Geneva in June.
At a meeting in Moscow on May 7, Russia and the United States
reached an agreement to convene an international conference on Syria,
which would serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in
The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including
large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from
outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of
the militants are foreign nationals.
Assad said on May 23, "Syria is determined to tackle terrorism and
those who support it regionally and globally, and to find a political
solution to the crisis."