But an international coalition of the "willing" will be necessary......
US, Turkey in regime change talks
Aleppo "In Aleppo, troops wrested control of three key Christian neighbourhoods from rebel control, according to actvists."
In Ankara, Turkish and US officials began their first “operational planning” meeting aimed at bringing about the end to the Syrian regime. The meeting is expected to coordinate military, intelligence and political responses to the crisis in Syria where a deadly crackdown on peaceful protests that began in March 2011 has according to activists claimed more than 23,000 lives. The officials are also due to discuss contingency plans in the case of potential threats including a chemical attack by Al Assad’s regime which Washington has said would be a “red line”.Turkish foreign ministry deputy under-secretary Halit Cevik and US ambassador Elisabeth Jones are leading the delegations made up of intelligence agents, military officials and diplomats at the Ankara meeting
Pro-government (?) forces in Syria have been fighting to retake rebel-held districts in the cities of Aleppo and Damascus.
Troops were staging an intense counter-offensive across Syria on Thursday, with operations in several districts of the country's two major cities reported.
Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launched assaults in several districts around the south of the capital Damascus, as well as the nearby town of Daraya.
"The use of imprecise weapons, such as unguided bombs, artillery shells and mortars by government forces has dramatically increased the danger for civilians," said senior crisis response adviser Donatella Rovera. (Amnesty's war whore ) Cause it's better that NATO drops massive bombs on the cities right Donatella war whore?
Refresh my memory, is this the same woman that set up Libya with her prolific propaganda?
Last one- France signals support for a "partial no fly zone"
Love that spin? How is a partial no fly zone different then a regular no fly zone (ala Libya) and how is this not an act of war?
Looks like France is willing to circumvent the UN!
"France signalled Thursday that it was prepared to take part in enforcing a partial no-fly zone over Syria, piling pressure on President Bashar Assad's embattled regime as it widens a major offensive against rebels in Damascus and surrounding areas.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged the international community to consider backing a no-fly zone over parts of Syria, but cautioned that closing the Arab nation's entire air space would be tantamount to "going to war" and require a willing international coalition that does not yet exist."
'Syria's rebel army? They're a gang of foreigners'The Pentagon has made contingency plans to send small teams of special operations troops into Syria if the White House decides it needs to secure chemical weapons depots now controlled by security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, senior U.S. officials said.President Barack Obama warned this week that any effort by Assad to move or use his arsenal of chemical munitions in the country's conflict would cross a "red line," implying it could prompt swift U.S. intervention.Securing the sites probably would involve stealthy raids by special operations teams trained to handle such weapons, and precision air strikes to incinerate the chemicals without dispersing them, the officials said."You shouldn't interpret what Obama said to mean that there would be automatic military action, but rather that we would respond as part of an international effort," said one senior official.Officials said Obama could make a unilateral decision, however, to stop weapons of mass destruction from falling into the wrong hands.
The level of destruction these foreign fighters have inflicted on Syria is sickening
But the very last paragraph is the one I want to quote. And, how many times has this been reported in the western msm. I have seen it on several occasions in the Russian and ME media. But this is the Belfast Telegraph. The lone time I have seen it in a western media outlet.
"But the thought cannot escape us that the prime purpose of men like Sergeant Dawoud – and all his fellow soldiers here – was not, surely, to liberate Aleppo but to liberate the occupied Golan Heights, right next to the land which the "jihadis" apparently thought they were "liberating" yesterday – until they discovered that Aleppo was not Jerusalem."