Turkish media have claimed that a geographically limited no-fly zone will be enforced as part of their cooperation agreement with the US on Syria. US officials have denied this. But even if it’s true, it may not be such good news. If it happens, Assad will still have the same number of aircraft; he will still have the same number of bombs to drop.
A geographically limited no-fly zone will only concentrate Assad’s bombing, not stop it.
Turkey carries out strikes in Syria, The Guardian, 24 July 2015.
US State Department press briefing, 24 July 2015.
“Is it fair to describe what’s happening as a no-fly zone?”No-Go for Syrian No-Fly Zones, Says State, by Michael Weiss, 24 July 2015.
“No… I wouldn’t—I just wouldn’t term it that.”
What accounts for the contradictory messaging by the two largest NATO members? “[The Turks] could be negotiating through the media,” one U.S. defense official told The Daily Beast. “We have seen them do that before.”Earlier post: A critical response to calls for a geographically-limited No-Fly Zone, 28 April 2015.