March 26, 2013 / 12:30 PM / in 5 years

NATO says has no intention of intervening in Syria

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO said on Tuesday it had no intention of intervening militarily in Syria after a Syrian opposition leader said the United States should use Patriot missiles to protect rebel-held areas from President Bashar al-Assad’s airpower.

“NATO has no intention to intervene militarily in Syria,” a NATO official said after opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said he had asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for U.S. forces to help defend rebel-controlled northern parts of Syria with Patriots.

Three NATO countries have sent Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to Turkey to protect its cities from possible attack from Syria.

Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Rex Merrifield

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