October 5, 2012
The Delusion of Limited Syria Intervention
Brian Haggerty, Bloomberg
Advocates of a partial no-fly zone imply that a lesser effort would be required. But even enforcing a limited zone would necessitate targeting air defenses, command and control facilities, and airfields as far away as south of Damascus due to the range of some of Syria’s static air defenses. If coalition aircraft were later called upon to support a rebel offensive as in Libya, a total no-fly zone encompassing all of Syria would rapidly be required.
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