November 2, 2012

Can the West Influence Syria's Rebels?

Tony Karon, Time

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With the second anniversary of Syria‘s uprising looming amid a military stalemate that leaves President Bashar Assad still very much in charge, Washington appears to be trying to take matters in hand. Not that it’s considering any direct military intervention, which has been ruled out by both U.S. presidential candidates, nor even a no-fly zone to prevent Assad’s air force from bombing rebel-held territory. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, long the most passionate champion of that idea, conceded last weekend that it can’t be done without U.N. Security Council authorization, the prospects for which remain remote. Instead, the New York Times reports, “the United States indicated on Wednesday that it was undertaking its most aggressive attempt...

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