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 Forbes KerryLet's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy The Memo: Democrats struggle to find the strongest swing-state candidate 2020 caucuses pose biggest challenge yet for Iowa's top pollster 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 HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelWhite House aide moves to lobbying firm Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces Five takeaways from Pentagon chief's first major trip 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.