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Fri Sep 6, 2013, 12:33 AM

12. Gen. Dempsey: Syria no-fly zone could cost US $1B per month

Gen. Dempsey: Syria no-fly zone could cost US $1B per month
By Jeremy Herb - 07/22/13 05:27 PM ET

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told lawmakers Monday that a no-fly zone in Syria would cost $500 million initially and as much as $1 billion per month to maintain.

In a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Dempsey also warned that a no-fly zone risks U.S. forces deploying into Syria if U.S. aircraft are shot down.

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“We must anticipate and be prepared for the unintended consequences of our action,” Dempsey wrote. “Should the regime's institutions collapse in the absence of a viable opposition, we could inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control.”

Dempsey’s letter comes after he and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) got into a heated dispute over U.S. military intervention in Syria at his confirmation hearing last week.

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http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/312675-gen-dempsey-syria-no-fly-zone-could-cost-1b-per-month

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