Iran War Watch: Syria Proxy War?
The head of the US Central Command says that the toppling of the Assad regime would be "the biggest strategic setback for Iran in 25 years." (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and others are inclined to agree.)
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The Obama administration and key allies are further mapping out potential military options for intervention in Syria, in the event that diplomatic efforts fail to stem the carnage. In the past month, the United States has also been flying surveillance drones over the Middle Eastern nation, and has extensively reviewed the viability of different military alternatives—even as any large-scale US military operation seems increasingly unlikely.
The Washington Post reports:
[Options] include directly arming opposition forces, sending troops to guard a humanitarian corridor or "safe zone" for the rebels, or an air assault on Syrian air defenses, according to officials from the United States and other nations opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
But the governments remain deeply divided over the scope of any intervention, how and when it would happen, and who would participate...There is [however] widespread agreement that the threat to regional and international stability increases with each day that passes, as more civilians are killed in ever-more brutal ways, with no progress toward a peaceful transition.
(For the record, regional players Turkey, Qatar, and Tunisia have all recently called for some form of military intervention in Syria.)