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Strategy on the Syrian Civil War

Updated on August 11, 2012

What can the West do to help steer or end the Syrian rebel uprising in favorable manner with President Assad gone?

The former secretary of defense under Clinton indicated impose a no fly zone, no drive zone in the area bordering Turkey, This would provide a safer environment. The US could move naval forces off the coast of Syria, while Turkey or Israel moves troops close to the border to draw off Syrian forces fighting the rebels and killing civilians. This would certainly work and help the rebels gain. President Assad's military is limited now. Another thing is to provide the rebels with anti-tank weapons capable of destroying their tanks, which are limited.

If all the actions were taken, Assad's forces would be diverted and divided. Their strength would be weakened. From there, the downside may force Assad to use the chemical weapons in desperation.

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