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NATO chief rules out no-fly zone for Syria
Tripoli, October 31, 2011
First Published: 17:28 IST(31/10/2011)
Last Updated: 17:30 IST(31/10/2011)

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen ruled out the possibility of a no-fly zone for Syria, in remarks to an AFP correspondent as he travelled to the Libyan capital on Monday on a surprise visit.

"It's totally ruled out. We have no intention whatsoever to intervene in Syria," Rasmussen said when asked if there was a possibility NATO would now spearhead a no-fly zone in Syria.

Rasmussen made a surprise visit to Tripoli hours before NATO's mission in Libya was due to end officially, seven months after Western powers fired the first barrage of missiles against Moamer Gaddafi's forces in an air war that played a major role in ousting the veteran dictator.

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