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No-fly zone in Syria 'no less than an act of war,' top general says

In a letter to Congress, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff cautions that a no-fly zone in Syria could also be costly, averaging as much as $1 billion per month.


General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in this June 4 file photo. In a letter to the panel on Monday, he warned of the risks of a US military intervention in Syria.

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The nation’s top military officer weighed in on the dangers of a US intervention in Syria, warning that launching a US war there would be extremely costly and could fail to reduce the violence.

A US military foray, should it be ordered by President Obama, could also inadvertently empower extremist groups that do not feel warmly toward America and its policies, noted Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“I know that the decision to use force is not one that any of us takes lightly," he said. "It is no less than an act of war.”  


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