Why is the US pushing for a no-fly zone in Syria?
A no-Fly Zone over Syria would be “the best way to protect civilians”, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday as he announced the US would seek to “immediately” deploy ground troops to the war-torn country.
“This is the only thing that we can do,” Mr Trump said, adding: “There are people on the ground who are in the most danger of dying of starvation.”
He added: “It is not a humanitarian crisis.”
A “no-fly” zone would allow US and allied forces to fly over areas of Syria controlled by rebels, including a “safe zone” where civilians would be protected.
“The US is working on it,” said the Pentagon official, who declined to be named.
The announcement came after Mr Trump warned Russia that “we’re not going to leave Syria”. “
We are going to go ahead with it.”
The announcement came after Mr Trump warned Russia that “we’re not going to leave Syria”.
“If you want to go into Syria, we’ll let you go,” Mr President said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was visiting the White House.
Mr Trump’s move comes after months of debate and a flurry of diplomatic activity, as the White, Senate and House intelligence committees debate whether to approve the so-called “Plan B” military option for US intervention in Syria, which calls for using air power and ground forces to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and other groups in the country.
Mr Putin has said he will not take part in a military strike unless Mr Trump agrees to a plan for how to tackle the threat from the Syrian government.
The Pentagon official said the US was working with other nations to get the plan “out the door” and that “anyone who says otherwise is lying to you”.
The official added that “there are no negotiations” and the plan would be approved “in a few days”.
The White House and Mr Trump have not yet formally discussed a military plan.
“He has not taken any steps on this yet,” the official said.
On Sunday, the US and Russia announced they were working to create a no fly zone that would be under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a rebel group that includes elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). “
What he wants is to get on with the job.”
On Sunday, the US and Russia announced they were working to create a no fly zone that would be under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a rebel group that includes elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The White house said the plan was in “the early stages” and it was unclear if it would be a safe zone.
A White House official told ABC News that Mr Trump was working on the plan.
The official also said Mr Trump had met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and that they discussed the plan with Mr Putin on Saturday.
The plan was first proposed by the Obama administration in April, but it was not approved.
“Today’s announcement by the Trump administration and Russia is a historic step forward,” Mr Medvedev said in a statement.
“I am confident that our two countries will continue to work together to achieve peace and stability in Syria.”
He continued: “Russia and the United States have agreed that the Syrian civil war must end.
Mr Medveev also said the world must know who is behind the chemical weapons attacks in Syria. “
There is no justification for any regime to use chemical weapons and to use the territory of other states to wage a military campaign against their own people.”
Mr Medveev also said the world must know who is behind the chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
“A no-strike zone will prevent chemical weapons from falling into the wrong hands and the world community will never forget the crimes committed by Bashar al-Assad,” he said.
The Whitehouse official said Mr Medvesev was “very supportive of the US effort to create safe zones and safe havens in Syria”.
Mr Medvinov said the decision was made after the two sides discussed the need to act.
“All of the necessary steps are being taken, the President and the President of Russia have agreed to discuss it and the US Secretary of State has confirmed his support,” the Whitehouse said.
A senior US military official told reporters that “it’s been discussed” between the two countries and that the plan had been “put on the table”.
“There’s a lot of interest in the plan and there are some differences on how it would work and how it will be implemented,” the senior official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorised to discuss the matter publicly.
The US has been trying for more than a year to build a no hit, no miss plan to prevent the use or proliferation of chemical, biological or radiological weapons, which have killed hundreds of thousands of people in the Syrian conflict.
“President Medvedeva, I want to thank you for all your support over the last six months, and the last two years,” Mr Putin said in Moscow on Sunday.
“You’re the ones who are making sure that the peace