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Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are preparing for a military intervention in Syria, Bloomberg's Businessweek is quoting a Russian security official as saying. 

Is it ill-advised or would it stop the bloodshed? So far, most Western governments, including the U.S., have shied away from calling for military intervention that would shield civilians from the Syrian government's bloody crackdown. At least 5,000 people have been killed in 10 months of violence, the UN says. 

More from GlobalPost: Deaths continue in Syria, France calls on 'world powers' to intervene

Bloomberg reports:

Turkey, a NATO member, may play a key role, Nikolai Patrushev, who used to head the country’s intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service, told Interfax in comments confirmed by his office. The U.S. and Turkey are working on a possible no-fly zone to protect Syrian rebels, Patrushev said.

Here is international relations analyst Richard Gowan's "How not to intervene in Syria" for Foreign Policy Magazine. 

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