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.
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