United States weighing Syria peacekeeping mission

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The United States is considering how an international peacekeeping force might operate in Syria.

White House press secretary Jay Carney says the U.S. has begun looking at options for a peacekeeping force, perhaps administered by the United Nations or Arab nations. The Syrian military rejects calls for peacekeepers, calling such as move unjustified interference in internal affairs.

Carney said nothing about U.S. involvement in such a force, although the U.S. has contributed peacekeepers to some U.N. missions.

Carney says the focus now is on pressuring Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR’ AH’-sahd) to stop a military campaign against protesters and give up power.

He called the government attack on civilians “disgusting.”

With diplomatic efforts bogged down, the conflict is taking on the dimensions of a civil war.