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‘More Visible’ U.S. Role Expected in Syria in Coming Weeks, Turkey Says

Patrick Goodenough
CNS News [1]
August 13, 2012

The United States will take on a “more visible” role in the Syria crisis  in the coming weeks, a Turkish newspaper quoted unnamed Turkish officials as saying, after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a weekend visit discussed options that could include “no-fly zones” along Syria’s borders.“Officials underscored that ‘a new stage’ has begun in Syria, adding that American involvement in Syria will become more visible in the upcoming weeks,” said the report in Today’s Zaman.

Turkey, which is already providing shelter to than 55,000 Syrian refugees – a number growing by 3,000 a day, according to Ankara – has long been mulling the idea of some sort of no-fly zone or safe haven just inside Syrian territory, as requested by some Syrian opposition groups.

The calls have grown louder as the humanitarian crisis grows, and amid frustration over the failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on steps to hasten an end to the violence. Russia and China have three times vetoed Security Council resolutions on Syria, most recently on July 19. Earlier this month the U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, said he was standing down.

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