UK might have to intervene in Syria, says top army man

'We do not always choose which wars to fight,' says man who led British troops in Afghanistan

LAST UPDATED AT 10:03 ON Wed 25 Jul 2012

BRITAIN might be forced into military intervention in Syria, according to a former senior Army officer who led UK forces in Afghanistan.

Colonel Richard Kemp has said that despite the reluctance of Western leaders to commit to anything more than covert support of rebel forces in Syria, "we do not always choose which wars to fight".

Col Kemp's warning, reported in The Independent, follows a string of military successes for the rebels.

Last week, a bomb planted by the opposition Free Syrian Army in Damascus killed several key members of President Assad’s regime while the government was forced to deploy helicopters and tanks in the capital for the first time against rebel fighters. The FSA has also taken control of parts of Syria's borders with Iraq and Turkey.

Fierce fighting has now erupted in Syria's largest city Aleppo. This week, the government deployed helicopters and fighter jets against the FSA in the northern city. This morning, it was reported that thousands of Syrian government troops are on their way to Aleppo from the Turkish border.

Col Kemp observes in a paper published by the Royal United Services Institute that much of the rebels' progress in recent weeks is thanks to arms and funding provided by Saudi Arabia and Qatar with the help of the US and Turkey.

"Western political leaders may have no appetite for deeper intervention," says Col Kemp. "But as history has shown, we do not always choose which wars to fight - sometimes wars choose us." He says that planning is already underway in "several Western capitals" and "on the ground in Syria and Turkey".

The tipping point at which covert intervention becomes overt could be the fall of President Assad, says Col Kemp.

"Up to the point of Assad's collapse, we are most likely to see a continuation or intensification of the under-the-radar options of financial support, arming and advising the rebels, clandestine operations and perhaps cyber warfare from the West," he writes.

"After any collapse, however, the military options will be seen in a different light." · 

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Hello Brits - Just writing to say that interferring in Syria would mean helping the Muslim Brotherhoood and that would be something we would all regret. Best to let them fight it out even though the fighting is extreme.
I ask you to take note of how little, if any, news coverage we get about Christians being killed by Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere and they've done nothing to warrant it. In the Middle East, they are not armed by law, and can not defend themselves.
Put your pity in the right place. And yes, I am saying the same thing here in America where we are trying very hard to rid ourselves of the Muslim/Marxist illegally holding office president we have - namely, Obama.

The debate you pose, lacks several substantial facts. The Muslim Brotherhood, is an controversial organization; however your facts are incorrect. The SNC ( Syrian National Council ) is led by a secular Kurdish induvidual Abdulbaset Sieda, the Muslim Brotherhood has already been defeated in Libya and thus far it is absurd to claim their victory in Syria.The hate instigated against Christians is a terrible crime, the point you pose is completely narrow minded. Vice versa Christians are killing Muslims, in a escalating series of hate crimes which range across Eastern and Western Wurope and in North America. The attacks and killings of Christians, are unspeakable and the perpetrators represent a small minority of the Islamic world, yet the Muslim victims also have done nothing to warrant such hate. Yet many agree Muslims are the epiath of global issues, the induviduals who label all Muslims in such a view are ignorant and arrogant. "Put our pity in the right place!" How absolutely dare you. All I can truly say is you are a illitarate, arrogant, ignorant and imbecile. Your backward daft speach is the equivalent of a uneducated induvidual, you are one of the induviduals who helps drive Islamophobia.

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