US Studying No-Fly Zone in Syria Near Border With Jordan

According to "senior Western diplomats"


(Reuters)—The United States is studying setting up a limited no-fly zone in Syria close to the southern border with Jordan, two senior Western diplomats inTurkey said on Friday.

Their comments, confirmed by a third regional diplomat, came after Washington said it would step up military assistance to rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad in response to what it said was proof of chemical weapons use by Assad's forces.

"Washington is considering a no-fly zone to help Assad's opponents," one diplomat said. He said it would be limited "time-wise and area-wise, possibly near the Jordanian border", without giving details.