Syria: West 'could deploy 300,000 troops following regime collapse'
The end of the President Bashar al-Assad's rule could lead to an explosion of conflict both within Syria and beyond its borders, the Royal United Services Institute paper said.
It was now more urgent to prevent the conflict spreading into neighbouring countries or cross-border invasions than to contain the violence inside Syria, said the paper 'Syria: A Collision Course for Intervention'.
It warns that after Mr Assad's likely departure the "military options will be seen in a different light".
However "loathe" governments might be to intervene, the last week had seen a "a step change in the situation that will make a hands-off approach increasingly difficult to maintain", the paper said.
Col Richard Kemp, a former commander in Afghanistan and one of the authors, wrote that the question of military intervention was a "live issue".
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