Syria

Panetta: Syria No-Fly Zone "Not On Front Burner"

The U.S. could do it, the defense secretary said, but it would require a "major policy decision" that hasn't been made yet

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says plans to set up a no-fly zone over parts of Syria are "not on the front burner," despite persistent calls from rebel forces there that they need the added protection from escalating regime airstrikes. 

In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Panetta said he is confident the U.S. could successfully enforce a no-fly zone over Syria, but doing so would require a "major, major policy decision" that has not yet been made.