Syrian opposition representative: "We need tanks, air jets..."
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 01:26
June 14 - A Syrian opposition representative says he will ask for tanks, jets, any ''weapons they can offer us'' when he meets with U.S., western officials in Turkey. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Syria's battlefield could look very different if Washington carries through with its consideration of a no-fly zone.
Free Syrian Army Political Coordinator Louay Meqdad knows exactly what he is looking for out of his meetings with U.S. and Western figures in Turkey.
SOUNDBITE: Free Syrian Army Political Coordinator Louay Meqdad saying:
"We are going to ask them directly and clearly that we need tanks and the air jets, all weapons that they can offer us. International community should use all their power because we need help. There is thousands of people basically women and children dying everyday in the liberated areas. If they do not help us now that means hundreds of thousands of people would be killed."
Imposing a no-fly zone would likely mean the United States destroys Syria's air defenses, taking similar action that NATO used to help topple Muammar Gaddafi in Libya two years ago.
After months of equivocating about how to deal with Syria, White House officials say their announcement was the result of uncovering evidence President Bashar al Assad's government used chemical weapons.
It's a charge Syria and its major backers like Russia have refuted --- even going as far as to say it was the rebels, not the army, who used chemical weapons.
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