#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 13 – Even though Islamic State militants in Syria have no aircraft to speak of, the US’s top military commander says establishing a no-fly zone may be part of the campaign.
Such a move is what US allies, including Turkey, have been pressing for.
The possible establishment of a no-fly zone over northern Syria was hinted at by Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.
“Do I anticipate that there could be circumstances in the future where that would be part of the campaign? Yeah,” he told ABC’s This Week program.
The general added that in response to the bombing campaign the IS are learning to blend in with the population and hide from the coalition attacks.
“An enemy adapts and they’ll be harder to target. Yeah, they know how to maneuver and how to use populations and concealment,” he said.
Earlier, US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel indicated that there was a possibility for a no-fly zone in Syria, as per Ankara’s request.
“We have discussed all these possibilities and will continue to talk about what the Turks believe they will require,” The New York Times reported him as saying.
Sources: RT – NYT – ABC – AP