MICHAEL EVANS AND DEBORAH HAYNES
The Australian 
December 5, 2012
A NO-FLY zone, ground troops and special forces form the main planks of British-US contingency plans drawn up over recent months in anticipation of a Syrian chemical attack.
If a political decision is made to intervene, a limited no-fly zone could be imposed to stop the Syrian Air Force dropping bombs with chemical warheads.
“We have (US) special operations forces at the right posture, they don’t have to be sent,” a US official said, suggesting those troops are already in the region.
There are several chemical weapons sites close to Syria’s main cities, including Damascus in the southwest, Aleppo in the north and Homs in the west. Military intervention would have to be limited because of the geographical spread of the locations.
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