Sunday May 12, 201305:59 PM GMT
Gates warns against US military involvement in Syria
Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (File Photo)
Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (File Photo)
Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned against Washington’s military intervention in the Syria, describing the move a "mistake."


Gates said in an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation," on Sunday that US military involvement in Syria’s crisis would be a "mistake" and that the outcome would be unpredictable and messy, AFP reported.

"I thought it was a mistake in Libya, and I think it is a mistake in Syria, even if we had intervened more significantly in Syria a year ago or six months ago. We overestimate our ability to determine outcomes," said Gates, who was US Defense Secretary in 2011 when the United States joined a NATO-led air operation in Libya to topple Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

His comments come as reports say American senators are pushing the Obama administration to intervene in Syria in favor of the militants fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad by stepping up military support for them.

The US is already supplying the militants operating in Syria with intelligence and funds while its regional allies are providing them with weapons.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian troops and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

Damascus says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants.

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