Despite demands, Syria no-fly zone a no-go for US

FILE- In this Sept. 23, 2014 file image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. The Obama administration is boxed in by its promise to limit U.S. military engagement against Islamic State extremists, making it tough to agree to Turkey’s condition for joining the fight in neighboring Syria. Turkey and other U.S. allies want the U.S. to create a no-fly zone inside Syrian territory. Doing so would mean embracing one of two options President Barack Obama has long resisted: cooperating with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government or taking out its air defenses, action tantamount to war. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s promise to limit U.S. military engagement against Islamic State militants makes it difficult to accept Turkey’s terms for joining the fight in neighboring Syria.

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