Kasich calls for Syria no-fly zones, warns Russia to comply

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Posted: Oct 02, 2015 1:23 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) says the United States should establish no-fly zones and sanctuary areas along Syria's border with Jordan and Turkey. He says Russian President Vladimir Putin should know that he would violate those protective buffers at his own peril.

Campaigning in New Hampshire, the Republican presidential hopeful says the U.S. must convey that military retaliation is a guarantee, not an idle threat, if conditions are not met.

Kasich says the zones would provide refuge for Syrians fleeing the civil war that has killed a quarter million people and displaced an estimated 4 million.

This week, Russia began airstrikes in Syria, saying it was targeting Islamic State militants. U.S. officials have questioned that, saying the areas hit were strongholds of rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.