U.S. Mulls Intervention in Syria

    Syrian rebels and civilians celebrate on top of the remains of a Syrian government fighter jet which was shot down at Daret Ezza, on the border between the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, on November 28, 2012.  Syrian rebels captured a pilot manning the fighter jet downed over Daret Ezza in the northern province of Aleppo, witnesses told an AFP reporter in the town. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG        (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The White House is considering intervening more in Syria to help remove President Bashar al-Assad from power, government officials told The New York Times on Thursday. Already likely to come next week is a decision over whether NATO should deploy surface-to-air missiles to Turkey, although a State Department spokeswoman said the Patriot missile system should not be used beyond the Turkish border. While the White House has been mulling action for months, the administration had been hesitant to act before the election—and recent victories by rebel forces have caused them to reconsider. But the situation is seen as far more complex than Libya, and some officials worry the risks—both in American lives and the possibility of creating a broader conflict—could be too great.

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