Photo of the Day: Dec. 17, 2012

Rebel fighters help two Syrian women load the boat to cross the Orontes river to Turkey near the northern Syrian town of Darkush on December 14, 2012. The United States said it plans to deploy two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey along with 400 troops to help defend its ally against potential threats from neighbouring Syria. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

As the U.S. and NATO allies move Patriot missile batteries into Turkey, the fighting and refugee movement continues.  Above, a family fleeing to Turkey with help of rebels.  More after the break:

One of the problems that may cause problems for an intervention: munitions shortages.  Over at Defense News we’re covering that issues:

The problem stems from allies’ relatively small stockpiles of precision-guided munitions (PGMs), the smart bombs critical to effective operations in densely populated areas. So even if NATO members voice full support for an operation, they might not have the weapons to back it up.

“The heart is willing, but the flesh is weak,” said a former U.S. State Department official.

Potentially making matters worse, experts anticipate that any operation in Syria would require more PGMs than the last major NATO air campaign in Libya.

Whether military limitations will limit intervention is yet to be seen, but the flow of refugees continues.

Two Syrian women board a boat that will take them across the Orontes river to Turkey near the northern Syrian town of Darkush on December 14, 2012. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Senior Staff Writer at Defense News
Zach is the State Department correspondent, cyberwarfare, research & development and business reporter for Defense News.
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