|August 11, 2012
Source: Trade Arabia/Reuters
The United States and Turkey are considering imposing no-fly zones and other steps to help Syrian rebel forces as the conflict there deepens, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday.
Clinton told reporters after meeting Turkish Foreign Minster Ahmet Davutoglu that Ankara and Washington needed to get into the details of operational planning on ways to assist the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
‘Our intelligence services, our military have very important responsibilities and roles to play so we are going to be setting up a working group to do exactly that,’ she said.
Asked if such discussions included options such as imposing a no-fly zone over territory that Syrian rebels claim to control, Clinton indicated that was a possible option.
‘The issues you posed within your question are exactly the ones the minister and I agreed need greater in-depth analysis,’ Clinton answered, although she indicated no decisions were necessarily imminent.