"PRETORIA: Syria must not be allowed to descend into a sectarian war, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday, and she warned against "proxies or terrorist fighters" being sent in to join the conflict.
"We have to set very clear expectations about avoiding sectarian warfare," Clinton said, answering a question on Syria during a news conference in the South African capital Pretoria, her latest stop in a tour of Africa.
"Those who are attempting to exploit the situation by sending in proxies or terrorist fighters must realize that will not be tolerated, first and foremost by the Syrian people," she added.
The U.S. secretary of state made the comments as Syrian government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad encircled rebels in the country's biggest city of Aleppo..
She did not elaborate on her reference to "proxies or terrorist fighters" or name any particular country or group." The Daily Star
What the hell is she talking about? "That will not be tolerated?" By whom would it not be tolerated, the USA, acting without UN sanction? Is this a reflection of the emergence of a "covert action state" mentality empowered by COIN defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan and an easy win in Libya against an easy target?
Somehow, a picture seems to be emerging. It is not a good picture. pl
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