Iraq no-fly zone viewed as symbol for 1 in Syria

Taylor Higgins

Iraq no-fly zone viewed as symbol for 1 in Syria

CREATED Jun. 16, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is trying to avoid getting drawn deeper into Syria's civil war, and has pointed to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a symbol of what can go wrong when America's military wades into Mideast conflicts.
But experts say the White House is looking at the wrong Iraq war - especially as the U.S. reluctantly considers a no-fly zone over Syria.
Experts point to 1992, a year after the Gulf War, when the U.S. imposed a weakly-enforced no-fly zone over southern Iraq and could not prevent Saddam Hussein from persecuting and killing hundreds of thousands of Shiites whom he viewed as a political threat.
That failure is now being used as a case in point of why the U.S. should or shouldn't police the Syrian sky.
 
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