Britain could be dragged into Syria conflict: 300,000-strong force would be needed for full-scale intervention
Editors Notes: There is absolutely no real reporting from inside Syria. Youtube video clips without confirmation should not be headline new stories. Front-line war correspondents? FYI: A Collision Course For Intervention.pdf
Britain risks being sucked into military action in Syria to prevent bloodshed spreading, a former Army commander has warned.
Colonel Richard Kemp, who led UK forces in Afghanistan, said the escalating civil war made it increasingly likely that the West would be forced to step in.
But defence analysts warned that a force of at least 300,000 troops would be needed to carry out a full-scale intervention.
Even then, this would face fierce resistance. At least 75,000 would be needed to secure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.
Although the weapons are thought to be safe, earlier this week the Assad regime said it would use them in the event of any invasion by foreign forces.
Military chiefs in London are already drawing up contingency plans in case the UK decides to deploy troops to the volatile region.
Former SAS soldiers are helping to train rebel fighters in Syria in military tactics from weapon handling, leadership and the use of communications systems to tackle Basher al-Assad’s brutal regime.
Last week his teetering regime was rocked when the rebels succeeded in assassinating four top security advisers, including two defence ministers.
However, the scale of dealing with the conflict and its aftermath in Syria – let alone any military intervention – was spelled out in a 44-page report by experts at the Royal United Services Institute think-tank in London.
The report, A Collision Course For Intervention, said that the task of dampening down the violence inside Syria was now less urgent than preventing spiralling sectarian clashes, trouble spilling over into neighbouring countries and heading off cross-border invasions.
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