Pentagon pushes back against Syria no-fly zone report

The Pentagon statement came after The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that the White House had asked the military to plan for a no-fly zone ahead of Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryNew York Knicks owner gave 0K to pro-Trump group A bold, common sense UN move for the Trump administration Former Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP MORE’s trip last week to the Middle East.

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“The White House is still in contemplation mode but the planning is moving forward and it’s more advanced than it’s ever been,” an unnamed administration official told The Daily Beast.

Pentagon officials have said they are providing a range of options to the White House on Syria that would be ready to be carried out if President Obama decided to move forward with them.

Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck HagelWho will temper Trump after he takes office? Hagel: I’m ‘encouraged’ by Trump’s Russia outreach Want to 'drain the swamp'? Implement regular order MORE has said the administration is re-considering whether to provide arms to the Syrian opposition, but thus far the Obama administration has resisted calls for further steps, including creating a no-fly zone.