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Former Amb.: ‘Every Chance We’ll Lose Aircraft’ If U.S. Sends Planes Over Syria

Posted By admin On August 29, 2013 @ 4:24 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Eric Scheiner
CNS News [1]
August 29, 2013

Ryan Crocker, who was a career diplomat with long experience in the Middle East, and who served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria from 1998 to 2001, says “there’s every chance we’ll lose aircraft” if U.S. planes enter Syrian airspace.

During an August 23 National Public Radio (NPR) interview [2] Crocker was asked about possible U.S. military action against Syria.

“I was in Lebanon when the Israelis invaded in June of 1982, and the entire Syrian air force was basically just destroyed in a matter of hours because of inadequate air defenses,” said Crocker.

“The Syrians learned from that and have spent decades with their Russian allies developing a highly advanced, well-integrated air defense system,” Crocker continued. “That’s what makes a no-fly zone so much more dangerous in Syria than in, say, Iraq or Libya. There’s every chance we would lose aircraft.”

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[1] CNS News: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/former-amb-every-chance-we-ll-lose-aircraft-if-us-sends-planes-over-syria

[2] interview: http://wfae.org/post/former-ambassador-syria-will-fight-no-matter-what-us-does

[3] Russia to provide Syria with MiG-29 fighter planes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-to-provide-syria-with-mig-29-fighter-planes.html

[4] Syria Has Shut Down Its Airspace To All Turkish Aircraft: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria-has-shut-down-its-airspace-to-all-turkish-aircraft.html

[5] US Navy pulls two aircraft carriers from Syria shores: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-navy-pulls-two-aircraft-carriers-from-syria-shores.html

[6] Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russian-military-presence-in-syria-poses-challenge-to-us-led-intervention.html

[7] Report: Russia sends advanced missiles to Syria, signaling commitment to Assad: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-russia-sends-advanced-missiles-to-syria-signaling-commitment-to-assad.html

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