Report: U.S. drones flying over Syria to monitor crackdown…(This Is an Act Of War…)
Pentagon officials say drones used to gather evidence to make case for international response; 40 Turkish intelligence officials captured in Syria, Assad regime claims Israel’s Mossad trained them.
By Zvi Bar’e and DPA
The United States is flying unmanned reconnaissance planes over Syria to monitor the regime’s escalating crackdown on dissent, U.S. defense officials told NBC television on Saturday.
The drones are being used to gather evidence on the Syrian security forces’ violence against pro-democracy protesters that can be used to “make a case for a widespread international response,” the U.S.-based broadcaster quoted the unnamed officials as saying.
The Pentagon officials stressed that the U.S. is not preparing the ground for a military intervention, but is simply collecting evidence of President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on protesters.
There was no official comment from Syria on the report.