Troops 'Could Help Syria Crisis'
By Evening Standard
November 11, 2012 "Evening Standard" -- British troops
could be deployed to intervene in Syria in the event of a major
humanitarian crisis, the head of the UK's armed forces has said.
General Sir David Richards, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said
contingency plans were being drawn up in case the onset of
winter saw a worsening of conditions on the ground.
He indicated that any intervention would be limited and would
need the support of people inside Syria in the areas where
assistance was being provided.
Nevertheless such a move would be seen as a potential step
towards a full-scale military intervention bringing British
forces directly into conflict with the regime of president
"It would be a huge effort. We would be very cautious about it,"
he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.
"There is no ultimately military reason why one shouldn't and I
know that all these options are quite rightly being examined.
but we are some way off."
He said he expected the humanitarian situation to deteriorate
over the winter which could lead to calls to intervene "in a
"Obviously we develop contingency plans to look at all these
things. It is my job to make sure that these options are
continually brushed over to make sure that we can deliver them
and they are credible," he said.
"The main thing for now that we are all focusing on is to
contain the crisis so that it doesn't spill over into countries
like Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey.
"That's our primary focus but that would also accommodate a
humanitarian crisis because we could help deal with that through
that primary mechanism. It is certainly something we have got to
For Syria No-Fly Op
By Daily Star Reporter
November 11, 2012 "Daily
Star" - RAF Top Guns could soon be
patrolling the skies over Syria under a new Cameron-Obama plan.
The Prime Minister is preparing to use the RAF to enforce no-fly
zones across President Assad’s trouble-torn country in a bid to
stop mass slaughter.
At this week’s National Security Council meeting in Downing
Street Syria will be number one on the agenda.
According to Whitehall sources, British special forces are
helping to train rebel assassination squads to target President
Assad and his warlords.
Troops from the SAS, SBS and Paras from the Special
Reconnaisance Regiment are in Syria helping show insurgents how
to use new weapons and explosives.
Mr Cameron and newly re-elected US President Barack Obama are
also considering military action and officially arming rebels.
The first stage of the plan involves a no-fly zone that will be
patrolled by British, US and French forces. Safe havens will be
set up in Syria, Turkey and Jordan.
A Whitehall aide said: “Cameron and Obama cannot allow Assad to
“We can’t go in and do it but we can get someone there to have a
“A lot of the Free Syrian Army are ex-soldiers, they know how to
shoot but need more training from our Special Forces, especially
in key signals and communications
Britain backs arming Syrian rebels:
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has split the Western
alliance with unexpected proposals to open the door to arming
the Syrian opposition, just as the US is becoming alarmed at its
Islamist make-up and human rights abuses.
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