A site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad is pictured in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by ISIS on November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Nour Fourat
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NATO is not considering establishing a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria, something Turkey has been calling for to alleviate security and humanitarian pressures on its southeastern borders, one of the alliance's top generals has told Reuters.Turkey has NATO's second largest military and is host for Land Command (LANDCOM), which is charged with improving the effectiveness and response time of the alliance's land forces. Although Turkey has made no formal request to NATO for help in establishing a no-fly zone, it has repeatedly said that willing nations should put one in place to create safe areas in Syria, allowing some of an estimated 1.6 million Syrian refugees to be repatriated. The recent example of Libya emphasized how much work was required for NATO to run air operations, according to Nicholson.Speeding up NATO's response time and developing specialist knowledge to tackle specific threats -- anything from cyber warfare to high end air defence -- will be key to the alliance remaining the most capable in the world, Nicholson believes.
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